What is Lardo:
A type of salume made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices.
Who We Are:
Lardo is a modern sandwich shop and beer garden. Chef Rick Gencarelli utilizes local and seasonal ingredients to create a rotating menu of playful, delicious sandwiches. He features a mix of classic Italian recipes such as porchetta and mortadella, alongside modern variations like the pork meatball banh mi and the smoked "coppa cubano". The sandwiches are paired with 14 regional craft and classic Italian beers on tap, as well as traditional Italian liquors and cocktails.
Here at Lardo, we aim to create a destination for our neighbors; a space outside of your home or workplace where you feel comfortable meeting old friends and spending time with family. The Lardo team looks to build relationships with other members of the community through the time honored tradition of sharing food, drinks, and conversation.
Chef/Owner Rick Gencarelli:
Rick was a passionate culinary student in his own right when he decided to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Following an externship at Aqua in San Francisco, Rick graduated and returned to Todd English's Olives. After four years as sous chef at Olives, Rick worked at both Rubicon and One Market restaurants in San Fransisco. He returned to the east coast to open Miramar Restaurant in Westport, Connecticut and two years later, Olives Restaurant in the W Hotel in New York City.
After three years in New York City, Rick, his wife Sheila and his two sons, Luke and Miles, moved to Vermont. Rick became the Chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, located on the 1400 acre non-profit environmental education center and working farm on Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Rick and his team utilized Shelburne Farms' own lamb, pigs, chickens and expansive gardens to create an experience reflecting the seasons and unique topography of the area.
In 2009, drawn by the unique food culture, Rick and his family moved to Portland. Rick opened Lardo as a food cart in September 2010 after deciding it was the best way to get to know Portland and for Portland to get to know him.