This restaurant has become so popular, I had been anxious to try it, even though the reviews on this website were, well, mixed. So all I can say after eating there Friday night is that the negative reviews must have been written by the competition. I have never written a review before, but felt compelled to do so after we left. I grew up in L.A., and have been taking clients out to eat in this area now for the last 20 years. I have had my share of good and bad food, but nothing ruins or enhances a meal like the service. With that said, the hostess was friendly and completely attitude free even though we were 30 minutes late for our reservation. Our waiter, Michael, was attentive without hovering, lovely to our five year old, who by the way, was treated to a bowl of penne pasta and a cookie plate on the house. Most importanly, the appetizer plate, main course ( I had the NY Strip steak with arugula and roasted potatoes and my husband had penne with Vodka tomato cream sauce that was to die for!) and dessert (choc ganache) were all delicious, as was my glass of Cab (sorry, forgot which one). I could not have enjoyed it more. We no longer live in the neighborhood, but when we are on this side of town, we will make a special point to visit Il Sole!