Two rising-star chefs bring serenissima to the South End.
There might not be a bronzed, tawny gondolier in sight, but the sleek décor, and haute cuisine, at the new SRV (for Serene Republic of Venice, naturally) gifts Boston a taste of the Veneto. The restaurant’s rich adornments, like velvet banquettes, custom brass shelving, nautical accents, and marble-topped tables, are a nod to both Venice and Boston’s South End. Tiles cut into the reclaimed wood flooring mimic waves, while a cut-glass decanter chandelier pours light over the dining room.
“We were very excited to work with South End–based designers RODE Architects on this project,” says Deirdre Auld, director of operations for Coda Restaurant Group. “Our goal was to capture elements of Venetian design, materials, and lifestyle while paying respect to the South End.” That’s the front of the house—in the back, chefs Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell, both longtime Bostonians, orchestrate the fresh Venetian fare (think carne cruda, risotto, and buckwheat bigoli pasta). Inside and out, SRV delivers la dolce vita.