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A First Taste Of Boston’s New Italian Masterpiece

Kim Foley MacKinnon

May 31, 2024


When Raffles Boston opened to great fanfare in the Back Bay in September 2023, a few venues at the luxurious property were not quite ready for guests. La Padrona, an Italian restaurant headlined by acclaimed Boston chef Jody Adams, was one of them. But the May 2023 opening has proved worth the wait. The two-story establishment offers a dramatic setting for dinner or drinks and aims to take patrons on a trip around Italy with carefully curated options.

La Padrona manages to straddle a couple of worlds. It fits into Raffles’ classic atmosphere, but it also feels like it could stand alone. Even if you aren’t staying in the hotel, the new Boston restaurant and bar feel like a destination, welcoming to locals and visitors alike.

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