WGBH Food and Wine Fest Feature: Porto Opens in Back Bay

July 15, 2016

Until the festival begins on September 15th, we'll be introducing you to the chefs, restaurants, wineries and brewers that will bring local flavor to the big event. 

Catherine Smart
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Jody Adams has had a heck of a month— a few weeks ago she said goodbye to Rialto, the Harvard Square staple that she opened more than 20 years ago. And this week, she and her partners at Trade — Eric Papachristos and Sean Griffing — opened Porto, in Back Bay, which will focus on less well-known Mediterranean cusine. “People tend to think of Mediterranean food as lots of vegetables and olive oil. What they forget is that thousands years before the first tomato arrived in Italy, local people were feasting on shellfish, octopus, sea urchins and branzino,” says Adams.

Look for summer seafood dishes like raw scallop with chamomile, nicoise olive and lemon balm, plus grilled oysters with goat sausage and green garlic. 

And if you were a fan of her fresh pasta at Rialto, never fear — they've got lobster raviolo with sea urchin, curry leaf and english peas on the menu, as well as a stunning squid ink bucatini.

In advance of the WGBH Food and Wine Festival, we've been asking featured chefs to dish.  

Here's what Adams had to say:


Where do you get your favorite cup of coffee?

Homestead and Forge


Where do you go to wind down after work?

Tiger Mama


If you could switch places with one other New England Chef for a day, who would it be and why?

Gordon Hamersley — he’s retired!!!!!


Favorite Cookbook?

Anything by Paula Wolfert or Claudia Roden


Fun fact about your business?

At Porto our marble came from Greece — Skyros


What is your favorite place to eat or drink in your hometown?

Oberlin restaurant in Providence

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Now the only question is what will she bring to the fest in September?

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Check back here each week for our ongoing coverage of what you can look forward to at New England's best food fest (we might be a bit biased, but hey, it's true.)


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