We’re not usually fans of going under the knife.
But we do love the recent reconstructive surgery of Arnold Stiefel and Andrew Hewitt’s West Hollywood hotspot, Il Sole, reopening tonight.
Nightlifer Brent Bolthouse (and his Midas touch) doctored the Sunset Plaza restaurant into an elegant, intimate space with sleek dark wood, classic white marble, and warm, Edison-amber lighting.
Under tin-tile ceilings, uncork bottles of Brunello or Sicilian Planeta chardonnay at the bar before settling into the dining room’s long banquette to cut into pan-seared filet mignon topped with truffles, classic spaghetti and meatballs, and old faves like Dover sole.
Or relax at a romantic table for two on the heated outdoor patio and order lobster ravioli (chef Isaac Rivera’s ahi tuna and yellowtail crudo will be on the menu soon). Finish sweet with panettone and Nutella bread pudding or panna cotta with caramel.
You may need some time to recover.
Il Sole, 8741 Sunset Boulevard, at Sherbourne Drive, Sunset Plaza (310-657-1182).
Photo: Courtesy of Bread & Butter Public Relations