James Beard Award winner Jody Adams will bring back Rialto for one night only

The restaurant is returning, via pop-up, with some of Adams' familiar dishes.

Line Cook Vidalba Garcia, Chef Jody Adams, and Line Cook Candace Blackwell prepare for dinner service at Porto in Boston. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Chef Jody Adams helmed Cambridge institution Rialto for 22 years, solidifying her place in the upper echelons of Boston chef royalty before leaving the Charles Hotel restaurant in 2016 to open Porto in the Back Bay. Next month, nostalgic fans can experience Rialto for one more night, when Adams holds a pop-up dinner at Porto featuring beloved dishes from the shuttered restaurant that garnered her a James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast, in 1997.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, guests will be taken down memory lane with light bites and cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a five-course meal highlighting some of Adams’ favorite Rialto dishes. The dinner will start with grilled oysters, Andouille sausage, and garlic toast, followed by lobster cavatelli in red and green tomato sauce, saffron, and hot lobster oil. Heartier entrées will include slow-roasted duck and grilled beef rib eye, and the meal will end with a decadent closer: hot chocolate crema with coffee-hazelnut ice cream and blood orange.


Tickets can be purchased for $175 plus a $8.77 fee, which includes the cocktail hour, dinner, and paired wines.

Since leaving Rialto, Adams has successfully launched other restaurants, including Trade in the Financial District and multiple locations of her fast-casual Greek restaurant Saloniki. She took home another James Beard Award this year, winning the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America 2018.