I have fond memories of "The Sopranos". Uwe and I started watching the series one summer after Uwe had shoulder surgery, about 7 years ago. We holed up inside and watched the first two seasons on tape. I remember our viewing saga even inspired us to make a trip out to the West Side that summer, to an Italian bakery, where we had Italian ice cream and cannoli (tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling). After watching the characters on the show eating cannoli all the time, we suddenly developed a craving for it, even though we had never tried it before. That was a beautiful, memorable summer for us, and in the years following we always looked forward to getting together on Sunday to watch the show together, as a way to end the weekend and gear up for the week.
The cast and writing have been superb and it feels unreal that the show is ending. This Sunday will be the season finale and final episode.
Pizzaland, a few miles south of Satin Dolls in North Arlington, appears for about one second during the show's opening credits. Despite never actually being in an episode, the already-thriving neighborhood favorite saw pizza sales spike once the show gained popularity.
The surprise to owner Paul Pawlowicz was how big a slice of his revenues now comes from shipping pizzas nationwide.