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    A Restaurant’s Take

    Swiss chard lasagna at Rendezvous

    In Central Square, a sublime summer appetizer.

    Photograph by Aprill Brandon

    Rendezvous serves up a vegetarian lasagna appetizer with a meaty, savory bite. Layers of free-form egg pasta alternate with chard that’s been sauteed with onion and garlic and mixed with fresh ricotta and comte cheeses. There’s a crunch of salted, toasted chopped almonds on top and a tiny spoonful of fresh salsa verde — flat-leaf parsley, minced sweet onions, and capers — on the side. A small plate of big flavors.

    > RENDEZVOUS502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-576-1900, rendezvouscentralsquare.com

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