James Beard Award Winning Chef Jody Adams combines local ingredients with regional Italian culinary traditions at Rialto, located in Harvard Square. At the moment, Rialto explores Lazio, the once-upon-a-time beating heart of the Roman Empire. Lazio is a land of gentle hills, fertile farms and vineyards, and a delectable cuisine born in the kitchens of the region’s working class. The cultivation of olives, a love of fragrant olive oil, and reverence for the Roman artichoke have all shaped Lazio’s culinary traditions.
Zuppa di Pomodoro – a Roman tomato soup featuring farro, chickpeas, and grilled crispy tripe – and Bucatini all’Amatriciana – showcasing oil-braised tomato sauce with guanciale and Pecorino Romano – are two of Chef Jody Adams’ takes on Laziale specialities. Both can be found on Rialto’s DINNER and Regional Cuisine menus. Desserts draw on regional staples and local ingredients — make a sweet end to your meal with the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake, with strawberries, lemon curd and olive-oil shortbread, or the Crostata di Visciole, a Roman cherry tart with cherry marmalata and almond gelato.