Here, you'll see the Kearney, N.J., storefront that serves as Satriale's. Eight years ago, when HBO leased the building and put up the sign, complete with the fiberglass pig shown in the opening credits, neighbors actually thought a butcher shop was opening. Little did they know that this was where Richie Aprile would get chopped into mob burger.
As the tour heads down Route 17, you'll see the spot outside Satin Dolls where Ralphie (Joe Pantoliano) savagely beat to death the pregnant stripper who was carrying his child and, as a result, took a beating from Tony.
Just up the road is Party Box, where Big Pussy was meeting with the FBI, and he's nearly exposed as an informant by another mobster who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.
One of my favorite stops: Joe's Bake Shop, now a window blinds store, where Christopher flies into a rage while waiting for pastries in Season Two and shoots a baker in the foot. The scene echoes back to Michael Imperioli's early role as "Spider" in "Goodfellas," when he plays a kid who is similarly shot in the foot when Joe Pesci loses his temper.
One place you won't go on the Sopranos On Location Tour is Tony and Carmela's house. The family who lives there has begged for privacy, after several incidents of fans wandering up the driveway and in the backyard.
"I can't take you there," she says. "To me, it's sacred ground,"
If honest, everyday Americans have an obsession with "The Sopranos," so do real-life wise guys. James Gandolfini says he's gotten unsolicited advice -- even fashion tips -- for his portrayal of Tony Soprano.
"I talk to some gentlemen who have friends who are these people and most of them enjoy the show," Gandolfini told reporters when he was promoting "The Mexican."
"They get a good laugh out of it, although once when I wore shorts in a barbecue scene it was relayed to me that it was not something these gentlemen would do, even at a barbecue."
When "Sopranos" creator James Chase heard that, he wrote it into the show, having New York boss Carmine Lupertazzi tell Tony at a lawn party, "a don never wears shorts." The Lupertazzi character died last season, and Tony subsequently started showing some more leg.
Of course, the mob's love of mob movies is a running joke on "The Sopranos." As Silvio Dante, Steve Van Zandt regales the rest of the Soprano gang with his Michael Corleone impression. And as Van Zandt's fictional character did his impression of another pretend gangster, some real gangsters were watching, according to FBI wiretaps.
Members of the DeCavalcante family -- a New Jersey crime syndicate said to be the model for the HBO show -- were secretly recorded in 1999 gushing over the show, and how it's given them more respect among their elitist New York peers, who once dismissed them as "Farmers."
"Every show you watch, more and more, you pick somebody," says Anthony Rotondo, a DeCavalcante turncoat who called the show "amusing."
"Yeah, but where do they get this information from?" family soldier Joseph "Tin Ear" Sclafani asks.
"Aren't they funny?" Rotondo says. "What characters. Great acting."
Like the Sopranos, the DeCavalcante family is said to operate from a pork store in north Jersey, and one of the acting bosses owns a strip club, just like the Bada-Bing.