Food & dining


Benedetto and Ruka open, plus other restaurant news

Openings: Benedetto has opened at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St. at Eliot Street), replacing longtime Jody Adams flagship Rialto. Benedetto is a high-end Italian restaurant from Michael Pagliarini, who also runs the much-loved trattoria Giulia near Porter Square. Enjoy tableside truffles, housemade pastas, and desserts from Café ArtScience alum Renae Connolly at the 200-seat restaurant. Pagliarini calls his newest venture a bit more “refined and sophisticated” than Giulia.

In other hotel restaurant news, Ruka will open at Downtown Crossing’s Godfrey Hotel (505 Washington St. at Temple Place) on Dec. 5. It’s the latest from the team behind Yvonne’s, serving a mix of Chinese, Japanese, and Peruvian dishes. Feast on ceviche, dumplings, and sushi at dinner until 1 a.m. nightly. Executive chef Preston Miller worked with chef April Bloomfield at New York City’s Michelin-starred The Breslin

The team behind Cambridge’s Trina’s Starlite Lounge and Parlor Sports as well as Boston’s Audubon have ventured north. Executive chef Suzi Maitland, plus Beau Sturm and Josh Childs, are poised to open The Paddle Inn in Newburyport (27 State St. at Essex Street) shortly. Unwind over coastal comfort food with a globe-trotting lilt — coconut beef skewers, ceviche, seafood tagine — washed back with beachy rum drinks.


Reopenings: Back Bay Italian restaurant Piattini (226 Newbury St. at Fairfield Street) is poised to reopen with a new look; it had closed in October after a fire. Expect a renovated dining room and enclosed patio, plus an updated menu of hot and cold small plates like burrata ravioli and spinach gnocchi.

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Closings: The Boston Guardian neighborhood newspaper reports that South End staple Emilio’s Pizza (536 Tremont St. at Milford Street) will close because owner Emilio Ventouris suffered a back injury. The pizza shop opened in 1979, selling everything from chicken fajita pizza to steak bombs to seafood.

Coming soon: Jason Santos expects to open Bayou-style Buttermilk and Bourbon in January (160 Commonwealth Ave. at Dartmouth Street). On the dinnertime menu: peel-and-eat shrimp, fried chicken, and house-made biscuits, plus weekend brunch service. Adding to the revelry: Hurricanes on tap. KARA BASKIN

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