I love the fact that I live just around the corner from Giulia, Michael Pagliarini’s super popular Italian restaurant right on the edge of Harvard Square. We’ve gotten to know the staff there, and we enjoy the excellent pastas, seasonal “nostrale” (vegetables), and whatever specials Chef Pagliarini has at the moment (hello truffles!).
Problem is, it’s really, really hard to get into Giulia.
There’s often a line outside the door well before their opening time of 5:30PM. Show up around peak time and you might be told that you’ll have to wait for hours before you can get a seat. The bar is almost always packed.
Clearly, there has been a huge demand for Chef Pagliarini’s food.
This is why all of Boston rejoiced when Chef Pagliarini announced that he would be opening a second, much larger restaurant in the old Rialto space inside the Charles Hotel. Located less than a 15 minute walk away, this restaurant would also serve homemade pastas (complete with its own huge pasta table), as well as offer private dining spaces, a much larger wine list, a dedicated sommelier, and much, much more.
If you like Giulia, you’ll also love Benedetto, Giulia’s big sister. Benedetto’s menu retains much of the rustic charm of Giulia while adding on several bells and whistles….