The restaurant is named after the Ponte di Rialto in Venice, Italy, which literally means Bridge of Rialto. It was designed by Antonio da Ponte, and was completed in 1591.
The original bridge was a floating bridge called the Ponte della Monetta, built in 1181. It was replaced by a wooden bridge in 1255 due to increasing traffic to and from the Rialto Market on the eastern bank of the Grand Canal. The wooden bridge was partially burned during the revolt in 1310. In 1444, it collapsed under the weight of a crowd watching a boat parade and collapsed again in 1524. This necessitated the construction of a stone bridge, and Antonio da Ponte’s design was chosen amongst designs by prominent architects of that time. It is said that Michelangelo was considered to design the bridge as well. The engineering of the bridge was so bold for its time that architects predicted it would not last, but it has survived to become one of the architectural icons of Venice.
Enter Ponte Rialto Ristorante Italiano and you can almost hear accordions playing music for a scene set in Italy. Conveniently fronting the Grand Canal with the gondolas passing by, Ponte Rialto completes a multi-sensory experience for its patrons. With its classic interiors lined with wood wainscoting, and tables covered with crisp, white linens echoing Italy’s best restaurants, Ponte Rialto expertly combines fine-dining with a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for a romantic date, a corporate dinner, or a relaxed lunch with family and friends. Be it a slice of pizza, pasta or a full course meal, Ponte Rialto’s diverse menu of traditional Italian cuisine accompanied by a broad selection of the finest Italian wines, is sure to excite the palate.
The atmosphere creates a semblance of romance and intimacy that succeeds to make anyone forget that they are in the midst of an otherwise bustling mall.
Ponte Rialto is right beside the Rialto bridge of Megaworld’s newest commercial establishment, the Venice Grand Canal Mall, a replica of the famous Grand Canal of Venice. Ponte Rialto is the upscale casual-dining restaurant in this lifestyle destination that boasts a wide variety of chef-driven specialty restaurants.