MAGGIE BRICE SNELL
BROKER / OWNER / REALTOR®
Turning Houses into Homes!
912-537-8382 | 912-245-8288
607 Jackson Street, Vidalia, GA 30474
Hometown Living At Its Best 63
Ready for change, Kris escaped New York’s
bitter winters, and along with Kevin, he made
the move. The first step was to put out an
advertisement: “Italian Chef Needed.” Robert
Decio, having recently moved from Italy to marry
a woman from Uvalda, answered his ad. As the
pieces fell in place, Linda and Dr. Mosley were
ready to financially pave the way as investors for
Kris, and Rialto came to be.
Envisioning a quaint, Italian eatery with just
a few tables, Kris remodeled the former Canapé
restaurant into Rialto. The downtown location was
just big enough for what he imagined, and Vidalia
received Rialto with wide-open arms.
“In New York, people
slam doors in your face,
and here they open doors for you,” Kris says.
After a time of booming business, Rialto quickly
outgrew their first location and moved beside
the downtown courthouse for larger dining and
kitchen space with room for a full bar.
“When everybody talks about Rialto, they talk
about the service,” Kris says. Training in 5-star
and 5-diamond resorts under the guidance of Jeff
Allred and Kristine Denencort, Kris knows quality
service. Before any waiter ever gets on the floor,
Kris personally trains him or her. Although his
experience in fine dining has prepared him well,
Kris credits his mother as his true inspiration
for hospitality. “She was like the sunshine,” Kris