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Modena presents Italian-inspired cuisine that takes heavy cues from seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients. Modena balances classic cuisine with a modern approach, all enhanced by Chef John Melfi’s passionate and creative touch. Guests can anticipate Crescia, a rich dough made with lard that will be grilled and served with toppings that range from prosciutto and mascarpone cheese, to tuna crudo with olives and basil cream.  Crudo will be served on 1,500-year-old Himalayan red rock salt. One must try Melfi’s signature dish, Chitarra Pasta with Calabrian chili, sea urchin and jumbo lump crab and additional highlights include the Veal Ribeye, Crispy Sweetbreads, Pancetta and a Castelmango Fondutta. 

Everyone who visits Modena will want to partake in the trolley of antipasti served family-style with six to eight selections available daily until they run out.  Items will range from chilled Octopus Salad, Artichoke Scafatta, Marinated Peppers, and other local seasonal items like fresh beets. One will explore Pasta Fagioli with pipe pasta, local Coco Rubio beans and Mount Vesuvio tomatoes, a dish from Melfi’s grandmother’s collection.  

For a sweet ending, Amaretti cookies will be offered as they are a mainstay throughout Italy and a wonderful finish to the meal. 

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1100 New York Ave., NW
Corner of 12th and H St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
Closest Metro Stop (Rail/Bus):
Metro Center is the closest metro stop, it is located at 12th and G street and our front door is one block away at the corner of 12th and H street.
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