Liz O’Neil, of Montclair, N.J., takes a photograph of a reserved booth where the last show of the HBO series "The Sopranos" was filmed at
Liz O'Neil, of Montclair, N.J., takes a photograph of a reserved booth where the last show of the HBO series "The Sopranos" was filmed at Holsten's ice cream parlor, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Bloomfield, N.J. The sign was put on the booth where the last scene was filmed in honor of actor James Gandolfini who died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez)

ELIZABETH, N.J. — James Gandolfini is being mourned in the northern New Jersey towns where his TV character Tony Soprano lived, loved and whacked people.

The 51-year-old star of the HBO series about a New Jersey mob boss with anxiety issues and a midlife crisis died Wednesday night in Italy.

Vito Mazza, who is busily preparing for an Italian-American festival in Elizabeth this weekend, says Gandolfini was "as Jersey as it gets."

A table at the Bloomfield ice cream parlor where the show's last scene was shot had a sign saying "Reserved."

This undated publicity photo, released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano, head of the New Jersey crime family portrayed in
This undated publicity photo, released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano, head of the New Jersey crime family portrayed in HBO's "The Sopranos." HBO and the managers for Gandolfini say the actor died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Italy. He was 51. (Barry Wetcher)

John Sacco, an Elizabeth butcher, says the show perpetuated stereotypes about Italian-Americans. He says when he went to a dentist in Florida and said he was from New Jersey, someone in the office said, "Oh, the place with all the mobsters!"