Al Solito Posto
James Trees' culinary empire expanded to Tivoli Village with the opening of Al Solito Posto in early 2021, and now the restaurant has a regular weekend brunch under the day-to-day guidance of executive chef Steve Young. Avocado toast has never tasted better with thick house-made sourdough, while the eggs benedict comes alive with vibrant chunks of fresh lobster on a cheddar bay biscuit. A few pasta dishes (the carbonara and shrimp scampi linguine) are brunch exclusives. Wash it all down with a glass from the Prosecco bar (with mix-and-match options for fruit purees and cordials) or a spicy Italian Bloody Mary that's balanced out by the addition of basil, olive oil, and garlic. Add on a plate of fresh pastries to share.
The gist: James Trees helped turn the Downtown Arts District into an up-and-coming culinary destination with Esther's Kitchen and is now bringing his eye for fresh ingredients and expert Italian cuisine to the west valley with Al Solito Posto. The new restaurant, which took over the old Brio space at Tivoli Village, makes full use of a large contemporary dining room and outdoor patio by the shopping district's fountain. The service team operates with the flair and style of dinner club captains and the prices are incredibly customer friendly.
The food: From the moment you try the house-made focaccia bread (accompanied with a chunky combination of roasted garlic, herbs, and cheese mixed on the spot), you know you're in for something exceptional. Trees and his team (including executive chef Steve Young) spent weeks perfecting new recipes for classic Italian dishes, ranging from a flavorful Minestrone to an irresistible Chicken Parmesan. Prefer to go vegetarian? The Eggplant Parm is prepared with Chinese eggplant and fanned out like a flower. When it comes to steaks, the Ribeye Cap is a true deal at $36. Try the Tiramisu for dessert, revamped with a fluffy, meringue-like exterior and topped off with a rich espresso sauce at the table. New brunch and lunch menus have pasta dishes you won't find during dinner hours.
Ever since Al Solito Posto replaced Brio at Tivoli VIllage in early 2021, the space has only gotten better, striking the perfect balance between sophistication and warmth in a large dining room. The restaurant is part of James Trees' growing culinary empire, but operates under the day-to-day guidance of executive chef Steve Young. Familiar dishes are given fresh makeovers, from the minestrone (with the broth poured over other ingredients tableside) to the chicken parm (coated with house-made focaccia bread crumbs). Even the seafood cioppino was given a recent upgrade with Maine lobster added to the mix of mussels, clams, scallop, and shrimp. You may spot a few bonus items when enjoying happy hour in the bar area, although it's hard to resist the spacious outdoor patio overlooking the Tivoli Village fountain.
How to book: Place a reservation online.