What is Lardo:
A type of salume made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices.
Who We Are:
Starting life as a food cart in SE Portland, rarely has a spot been so aptly named. Rocking an ancient charcuterie moniker that truly serves as a harbinger of things to come, Lardo is a sandwich shop that worships at the alter of bovine & swine. Using old-world techniques, contemporary flourishes and a gonzo approach, Lardo proudly celebrates its excesses. Pushing a menu that features pork drenched double burgers, a giant meatball Banh Mi, and hand-cut french fries (again) smothered in pork, Lardo also has beer. Lots of beer, actually. Rotating taps of knee-buckling craft brew greatness, backed-up with a refreshing mix of premium cocktails. Operating on both sides of the river at SE Hawthorne and SW Washington, Lardo serves as a mecca for those seeking a uniquely smash-mouth deli experience.
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.
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.