An Italian Afternoon For Lunar New Years

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Looking for a great way to spend your Lunar New Year’s here in the ROK? How about an ‘Italian Afternoon’ at the recently opened, upscale Italian place on Dalmaji? Il Sole is located in the stylish building designed by French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte and arguably has the best view in all of Busan. And it certainly can make a claim to having the best Italian food as well.

BUSAN, South Korea - Looking for a great way to spend your Lunar New Year’s here in the ROK? How about an ‘Italian Afternoon’ at the recently opened, upscale Italian place on Dalmaji? Il Sole is located in the stylish building designed by French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte and arguably has the best view in all of Busan. And it certainly can make a claim to having the best Italian food as well.

As part of their introduction to the community here, from 3 - 6 p.m. on Friday, February 4th, Il Sole is offering up two glasses of wine and a buffet of Italian aperitifs for 20,000 KRW. The first twenty to show up will also receive a coupon for 15% off their next visit. 

Attendees will have a choice of three wines, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The buffet will be set up with Margherita Focaccia, Focaccia White croquettes with meat, cheese croquettes, green and black olives an assortment of cheeses and two kinds of pizzas from their authentic Italian oven. 

For those of you who have yet to dine at Il Sole, you are in for a real treat. The restaurant is true Italian. Busan Haps has yet to write a review, but several staff members have eaten there and they all rave about it. Myself, I had one of the best servings of T-Bone steak of my life as I looked out across the full breadth of Haeundae Beach and the Gwangan Bridge.

Il Sole is the second restaurant that native Italian restaurateur, Rodolfo Patella, has opened in Korea, and the first in Busan. Of his first restaurant located in Seoul, ‘Antonio’, the review site, Seoul Eats said:

“The service is impeccable and knowledgeable, the wine list pleasing, and the menu vast. Each time, I tried to stump the server with an obviously ridiculous question like, ‘What kind of toppings are on the porcini pizza?' or 'Which wine would pair well with the lamb?'" a prompt reply followed. And if the waitstaff didn't know the answer, the owner, Antonio, came over personally to attend the table. I was overwhelmed when the owner, who I've heard plays piano at the restaurant if requested, deboned and plated an entire salt crusted sea bass at the table. This restaurant makes you feel like a VIP.”

Rodolfo hopes that this first of many Italian Afternoons at Il Sole will help bring the community together for some good food and friends.

“This is more than just about getting together and enjoying good food and a great view,” said Rodolfo. “It is about getting to know our new friends here in Busan.”

The restaurant also has a spacious deck on top that will be open for gatherings when the weather warms up. I additionally recommend you check out the Italian furniture showrooms on the lower floors of the Wilmotte building, in case you want to bring home more than just a taste of Italy for leftovers.

To get to Il Sole, take the road along the water going up Dalmaji Hill. It is a short way from the McDonalds at the bottom of the hill. For more info call: 051-747-4253

See you there.



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