New Italian restaurant opens in downtown Fort Worth hotel

The dining room at il Modo in the Kimpton Harper.

The dining area at il Modo in the Kimpton Harper.

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Not often does a new cafe open up with no weeks of publicity and hullabaloo.

But il Modo, opening Wednesday in a new Key Street resort, has quietly set up store to develop into downtown Fort Worth’s place for Italian meals.

The site is perfect: 714 Most important St., on the corner dealing with Grace, Capital Grille and the steakhouse row acknowledged as the “beef block.”

“There was a require for Italian food in Fort Well worth,” mentioned chef Matt Williams, a item of Chicago Italian restaurants such as Bar Siena.

In the 1st-floor corner of the Kimpton Harper hotel, a extended-ago bank and current XTO Power constructing transformed for the San Francisco-primarily based Kimpton chain, il Modo facilities all-around pasta-creating.

Diners have a panoramic see of the pasta-producing tables and drying racks, and il Modo strategies in-home pasta classes.

That translates into a large amount of pastas on the menu, along with clean seafood, mussels and a wagyu rib-eye steak with roasted garlic.

“The owners focused so substantially house to pasta output — they definitely want this to stand out from other places to eat,” Williams stated.

There is not much neighborhood competition at this degree correct now. The closing a yr in the past of La Piazza, the city’s only fine-eating Italian cafe, and downtown’s Taverna remaining Piattello Italian Kitchen area as the city’s most notable Italian cafe, with a nod to Nonna Tata’s homestyle pastas and Gemelle’s pizzas.

Pizza is not on the menu at il Modo, while there will be a considerably less highly-priced lunch menu with sandwiches and salads. A brunch will be considered afterwards, Williams stated.

The lodge also has a penthouse bar, Refinery 714. It has a complete 180-degree streetscape of Primary Avenue, the courthouse and Fort Value Conference Middle, like a see on the lookout down on the rooftop bar at the nearby Sinclair.

Moving to Texas has been a society shock for the il Modo chef, accustomed to operating in Chicago’s tall towers.

“The buildings are lesser in this article but everybody is actually pleasant — truthfully, every person is so welcoming,” he mentioned. “In Chicago, you really do not walk down the road with strangers saying, ‘Hello’ and ‘Good morning’ and ‘Have a fantastic working day.’ “

He’s met chef Blaine Staniford and owner Dain Adam Jones at nearby Grace, a single of the city’s best dining establishments, alongside with Ellerbe Great Meals and Paris 7th.

“They’re excellent men,” he claimed. “And I’m pretty curious about barbecue.”

(That study could consider for a longer time.)

So significantly, il Modo is open nightly 817-332-7200, theharperfortworth.com.

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Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Truly worth male who covered substantial school soccer at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature classes. Due to the fact 1985, he has also penned more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas eating, restaurants and food items.

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