Best of Boston

1997 Best Chef

Jody Adams

If she’s good enough for the James Beard Foundation, she’s good enough for us. Some people complain about the through-the-roof prices—they’re just whiners. Not only is the food inspired, fresh, and beautifully presented, your waiter is also professional and friendly (without crouching by your table to become your new best friend).

Ritalo, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5050,