Cambridge, MA 02138
From Rialto’s perch inside the Charles Hotel, overlooking Harvard Square, chef Jody Adams serves a menu that’s a living record of her passionate relationship with Italy – each dish a reflection of her travels up and down the country, her long-standing friendships with purveyors, and her study of regional traditions.
The dining room, redesigned in 2007, features a white stone path, inspired by an ancient Roman road, that leads diners past an onyx bar into the dining room, where curved banquettes and cozy nooks create an intimate dining experience. Pumpkin, olive and white draperies evoke the warm colors of the Italian countryside.
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Jody Adams is a James Beard award-winning chef with a national reputation for her imaginative use of New England ingredients in regional Italian cuisine. Rialto, her four-star restaurant in Cambridge, was named one of the top 20 new restaurants in the country by Esquire magazine, earning many additional accolades over the years. Adams has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and competed on BRAVO TV’s popular Top Chef Masters in 2010.
In 2011 she opened her second restaurant, TRADE, located in Boston’s historic Waterfront District. Since then, Adams and her husband Ken Rivard have collaborated on the successful blog, The Garum Factory a colorful weekly narrative of recipes for the home cook, illustrated with Ken’s photographs.
When not cooking or writing, Adams can likely be found cycling, an enormous passion of hers. She has biked in the 192-mile Pan Mass Challenge for the past four years with Team Rialto-TRADE, raising over $250,000 for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Adams has a strong commitment to hunger relief and is known for her loyal support of the Greater Boston Food Bank and Share Our Strength. She serves as board member to Partners In Health, Island Creek Oysters Foundation and is a member of the Nutrition Round Table at the Harvard School of Public Health.