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For Her Next Restaurant, Jody Adams Is Debuting a Luxe Italian Villa in Back Bay

La Padrona is slated to open in December

A glamorous bar with a gigantic, sparkling chandelier hanging overhead, and tables and chairs positioned around the perimeter of the room.
A rendering of the ground-floor bar at La Padrona.
AvroKO/La Padrona
Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

Acclaimed chef and restauranteur Jody Adams — who oversees a small empire of Boston-area restaurants including upscale Greek spot Trade downtown, coastal Italian restaurant Porto in Back Bay, and the Greek fast-casual chain Saloniki — is adding another restaurant to her lineup. Along with business partners Eric Papachristos and Jon Mendez, Adams is opening a glitzy new Italian restaurant called La Padrona inside Raffles, the high-end hotel and residencies brand making its U.S. debut this year at 40 Trinity Place in Back Bay.

La Padrona is modeled after a “grand Italian villa,” according to a rep for the project, and will include a ground-floor bar and lounge and a glamorous, second-floor restaurant connected by an imposing staircase. The menu will travel through all of Italy, with stop-offs in Sicily, Emilia-Romagna, and Piedmont to highlight regional pasta, seafood, cheeses, and more. The restaurant will be opening in December, according to the team.

Adams is heading up the project along with executive chef Amarilys Colon, who currently leads the kitchen at Porto.

“The process of choosing our chef for Raffles Boston’s largest restaurant was long and intense, including discussions with chefs and restaurant groups from far and wide,” Raffles Boston co-developer Jordan Warshaw said in an email. “But ultimately, as lifelong Bostonians ourselves, who have spent the past five years immersing ourselves in the culture of Raffles, we knew the right answer [...] was someone near and dear to both of our hearts who would capture the spirit and personality of this incredible city and best represent Boston to the world.”

This is the second restaurant to be announced inside Raffles following Amar, a forthcoming Portuguese spot led by chef George Mendes, known for his former Michelin-starred restaurant Aldea in New York City. Amar is slated to open later this summer.