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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Sopranos' Last Supper -- Holsten’s

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 5:19 PM

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One of the most amusing tidbits coming out of the instant online deconstruction of Sunday night’s final Sopranos episode was that Holsten’s, where Tony and his family were to share what might just have been their Last Supper, is a real place. I thought Carmela was just mispronouncing Houston’s, but when Tony sat down in a booth and began flipping through the miniature jukebox, it was clear it was a neighborhood joint: a corner diner in Bloomfield, New Jersey, in business since 1939, whose website -- www.holstens.com -- is charmingly ungrammatical: “Enjoy New Jersey’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Parlour.”

Berkeley writer Greil Marcus tells us that it is indeed his brother’s family’s favorite place for homemade ice cream. A number of bloggers gleefully stated that Holsten’s doesn’t serve onion rings, the appetizer that Tony, Carmela, and A.J. were sharing just as Meadow rushed in and everybody in the United States thought their cable went out. But a phone call elicited the fact that “we always have served onion rings, they’re $2.50, and they’re the best.” Also -- no surprise -- “they’re in high demand right now, but we have plenty -- you can come in tonight and we’ll have them.” And, pilgrims, Tony’s booth is the third from the back along the right wall. -- Meredith Brody

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