A new Italian restaurant will open in Rialto’s old space at the Charles Hotel

Chef Michael Pagliarini has plans to debut Benedetto as soon as renovations are complete.

Giulia restaurant chef/owner Michael Pagliarini, right, gave Chef Gordon Hamersley a pasta-making lesson at Giulia. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Rialto, Chef Jody Adams’s flagship restaurant, is no longer serving meals at the Charles Hotel, but now a new culinary venture will take its place. Helmed by Michael Pagliarini, chef and owner of the Italian restaurant Giulia in Cambridge, Benedetto will also focus on Italian fare.

Pagliarini has signed a long-term lease with the Harvard Square hotel to take over and renovate the old Rialto space, according to a press release.

“Chef Pagliarini has a hands-on commitment to the culinary scene in our Harvard Square backyard,” said Alex Attia, Charles Hotel general manager, in the statement. “We are honored to work with him and his team and look forward to opening Benedetto’s doors as soon as renovations are completed.”

Benedetto will seat 220 in total, including at a casual bar and an upscale dining room with a working pasta table and extensive wine display. An outdoor patio will be open seasonally; there, guests will be able to order beverages and Italian cafe-style food.


Giulia, which Pagliarini opened in 2013, has garnered acclaim for its rustic Italian menu, featuring plenty of handmade pasta and starters like smoked buffalo milk mozzarella. Giulia will continue to operate at its current Massachusetts Avenue location while Pagliarini takes on this new project.

The goal of Benedetto, according to the statement, is to expand on Giulia’s success and to “create a distinct dining experience on par with the best in the nation.”

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