Best of Boston

2024 Best New Restaurant

La Padrona

Yes, it’s practically brand-new, but — alacazam, alacazoo! — renowned chef Jody Adams and her prolific business partners, Eric Papachristos and Jon Mendez, have already conjured a breathtaking Italian restaurant inside the luxurious Raffles Boston hotel. Start with drinks downstairs before ascending the eye-popping staircase into a dazzling brown-and-gold-toned dining room with a showstopper of a bar in the center. And with Adams’s food on display, you’ll likely agree she and her partners have taken the promise of an empty shell just off Stuart Street and turned it into the dreamiest of dining experiences.

38 Trinity Pl., Boston,