Michael Imperioli is perhaps best known for his role in The Sopranos as Chris Moltisanti. In the Emmy-winning series, Imperioli portrayed a young and upcoming mobster plagued by addiction, paranoia and moral unrest.
Beyond The Sopranos, Imperioli has starred in Broadway plays, modern TV shows like White Lotus and more. He even appeared on an episode of The Office as a karate instructor.
Just last month, it was announced that Imperioli would join Succession star Jeremy Strong on Broadway in “An Enemy of the People.”
However, Imperioli’s latest venture has nothing to do with acting at all. Instead, the lauded actor will re-enter the hospitality world (he previously ran NYC’s Ciel Rouge in the early 2000s). Along with his wife, Victoria Imperioli, the couple has opened a bar and restaurant called Scarlet in the Upper West Side. Scarlet is located at 468 Amsterdam and the corner of West 83rd St.
Teaming up with established restaurateur Jeremy Wladis of Harvest Kitchen, Scarlet will bring an “elegant and transportive atmosphere,” according to Michael Imperioli. Victoria headed the interior design at Scarlet, which features plenty of warm red and lounge lighting. Velvet-backed bar stools and booths line the romantic and swanky room.
The menu will include plenty of craft cocktails, such as the “White Lotus,” a clarified rum punch exuding both the sophistication and playfulness that Scarlet will inevitably become known for. Like his character in The Sopranos (at least in later seasons), Michael and Victoria don’t drink anymore, but their love for bar culture has never faded according to Eater.
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Scarlet is the latest bar addition to the Upper West Side and it comes at the hands of one of the most beloved actors on the East Coast. It’s romantic and moody vibe brings Manhattan a cocktail lounge that makes glaring nods to both the past and present of bar culture.
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Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for writing midway through school and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. In addition to food, Peter enjoys politics, music, sports and anything New Jersey.