Rialto is more than a restaurant. It’s an experience. Rialto is another inspired creation of the successful trio of restaurateurs, Ben Kirane, and Moe and Joe Idressi, who had the idea to bring to Washington DC, a different kind of Italian restaurant; one that offered an authentic taste of Venice, Italy.
The name Rialto is taken from a popular district in Venice, as well as an historic bridge, constructed in 1590, that today still spans its Grand Canal. Our restaurant aims to provide guests with a genuine feeling of being transported to beautiful Venice, with its warm and inviting atmosphere, artful décor, numerous culinary delights, exceptional wines, and unparalleled service.
Rialto offers a masterful blend of Old World Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Guests can watch their food being expertly prepared in open kitchens within the dining room. Rialto gets to the heart of true Italian cooking, with menu selections made of the freshest ingredients and intensely flavored herbs and spices. Italian piattini (small dishes) encourage guests to share and enjoy a taste of multiple menu choices. Rialto’s well trained, knowledgeable staff will assist in pairing the perfect wine with your dinner. Our extensive wine list is sure to satisfy the palate of both the novice and the connoisseur.
Rialto is located in a beautiful, historic building in the prestigious Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC. The building itself has quite an interesting history, having stood on M street for nearly half a century. Formerly known as The Guards Restaurant, it was a gathering place for high-profile politicians and celebrities. As the legend goes, Elton John was dining there one night, when the huge fireplace on the lower level caught his eye. He was so impressed with its massive size and artistry that he offered to buy the fireplace on the spot for $100,000. The owner graciously declined the offer.
Now, in its re-imagined state, Rialto offers an even greater appeal. The newly decorated interiors have a modern flair, but still bow to the beauty and splendor of romantic Venice. Dark hardwood floors, beautiful crescent bar, light and airy atrium, and exquisitely-crafted fireplaces, all add to its mystique.
Whichever of our restaurants you choose to dine in tonight, we promise an experience that will keep you coming back time and again!
Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef, Rialto
Chef Ryan Fichter, a Maryland native, serves as the Executive Chef of Rialto. He brings with him a rich culinary history that has provided him with a wide array of experience. His love of cooking first began as a child, helping to prepare family dinners with his parents and watching culinary legends such as Julia Child, Graham Kerr, and Jeff Smith of The Frugal Gourmet.
His first job in the business came at age 15 as a bus boy at Clyde’s in Columbia, Maryland. A consummate diner with his family, Fichter’s palate continued to appeal to the culinary arts. He went on to train and graduate in 1999 from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. An internship followed at renowned Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island in Florida.
Fichter’s resume is impressive, having worked at the Meyers Park Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clyde’s in Reston, Virginia, Maxim’s in Washington, DC., Smith and Wollensky in Washington, DC, Virginia Beach’s Luna Sea, and The Royal Kona Resort in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Currently he is also the operational chef at Thunder Burger & Bar, and Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge, both located in the heart of Georgetown.