Issac Rivera Opens Il Sole Every Sunday for Rustic Italian

Chef Rivera's papa pomodoro
Chef Rivera’s papa pomodoro Photo: Il Sole

Chef Issac Rivera returned to the stoves of Il Sole last August after spending a few years cooking in kitchens in Italy. Rivera had cooked at Il Sole in years past and is also a veteran of Drago’s restaurants in Vegas and L.A. Upon coming back, the chef is initiating some big changes, with a pronounced commitment to crafting seasonal dishes and sourcing locally.

This week the restaurant will begin opening on Sundays for chef Issac’s new dinner menu of rustic Italian comfort. Featured only on Sundays from 5-9 p.m., the menu will explore dishes that Rivera mastered during his stay in The Boot, with homey eats like papa pomodoro, a three-cheese lasagna with bechamel, and refined spaghetti with meatballs and linguini with clams. The $35 menu offers choice of appetizer and entrée, with wine and dessert extra. Il Sole’s full Rustic Italian menu is below and reservations can be made at (310) 657-1182.

Sundays, 5-9 p.m.

Il Primo

Pappa al Pomodoro
Tomato-Bread Soup with Garlic, Basil & Dry Ricotta

Burrata di Puglia con Pomodori e Rucola
Imported Burrata with Vine Tomatoes, Arugula, Basil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Zuppeta di Cozze e Vongole alla Siciliana
Mussels and Clams in a White Wine Sauce with Tomato and Fresh Oregano

Insata Tri Colore con Parmigiano
Endive, Arugula and Radicchio Salad in a Lemon Dressing with Parmesan Cheese

Parmigiana di Melanzane alla Napoletana
Eggplant Parmigiana “Napoli” style with a Tomato, Basil Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Antipasto Misto con Verdure Grigliate
Mixed Cured Meats with Grilled Vegetables and Virgin Olive Oil

Il Secondo

Lasagna Tre Formaggi con Ragu Bolognese
Seven layers of homemade Spinach Pasta with Béchamel Sauce, Ricotta, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese served with a Bolognese Ragu

Ravioli di Zucca con Burro e Salvia
Homemade Sweet Potato Ravioli in a Butter Sage Sauce

Linguine con Vongole al Vino Bianco e Rucola
Linguini with Fresh Manila Clams in a White Wine Sauce with Arugula

Spaghetti con Polpette al Burro
Classic Spaghetti with Butter and Italian Meat Balls with Tomato Sauce

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini
Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, Mascarpone and Parmesan cheese

Cannelloni Ripieno di Pollo in Salsa di Pomodoro con Parmigiano
Cannelloni Filled with Chicken and Spinach Ragu in a Tomato Sauce with Parmesan Cheese

Ossobuco alla Milanese
Veal Ossobuco on a Bed of Saffron Risotto

Pollo alla Parmigiana
Lightly Breaded Breast of Chicken with Tomato, Mozzarella,
Parmesan Cheese and Basil

Branzino Al Forno in Salsa di Pomodoro con Basilico e Vino Bianco
Branzino Baked and Served with a White Wine, Basil and Tomato Sauce

$ 8.

BY THE GLASS $ 8. TO $10.
BY THE BOTTLE $ 29. TO $ 39.

Issac Rivera Opens Il Sole Every Sunday for Rustic Italian