Have room for more pizza? Delphine chef Sascha Lyon is bringing his Mediterranean-style cooking to downtown's Financial District next month with the opening of Soleto Trattoria and Pizza Bar, which will take over the former Zucca space on Figueroa.
The menu will focus on Southern Italian items like branzino Milanese with lemon and Grana padano; orecchiette pasta with braised rapini and spicy sausage; and meatballs covered in basil-intensive marinara sauce. Pizzas will slide out of a "gas-assisted, wood-burning" 800-degree oven and will include a mix of traditional, like a classic tomato pie with herbed goat cheese and wild arugula, and more offbeat offerings like one topped with cotto ham, honey-grilled pineapple, pink peppercorns and California black olives. There will be a selection of sandwiches and panini, including a Godmother-like "Tower Sub" made with prosciutto, pepperoni, cotto ham, provolone, romaine, vinegar, olives, sweet peppers, onions, roasted tomatoes and chili mayo.
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Expect a selection of Italian wines and beers as well as some retro-inspired cocktails making use of the kitchen's house-made limoncello. The designer, Studio Collective, preserved the original wood floors, brick walls and tiles, while adding ornate glass chandeliers, a circular bar and fireplace lounge are, and a outside garden patio. You can check out the entire Sotelo menu online.