Modena: Italian Influenced Seasonal Cuisine in DC

Who’s excited for delish Italian food in the district?  Located at 1100 New York Ave, Modena offers seasonal cuisine with everything from meatballs to foie gras mousse.  With chef John Melfi at the helm, you can expect a fun and imaginative menu featuring locally sourced ingredients that will leave your tastebuds dancing.

They’re currently open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30-2:30PM, and they have two lunch specials that you guys need to try. The first is a 3-course business lunch menu that’s priced at $30 a person.  Prefer to sit at the bar?  You can get a featured lunch item + one of their house-made desserts for $20.  Because who doesn’t love a good deal?

Dinner service runs Monday through Thursday from 5-10PM, and Friday/Saturday from 5-10:30PM.   They have a lovely outdoor patio set up, but we decided to get takeout this time ’round.  Although this was our first time experiencing Modena, it’s one of Ashok Bajaj’s restaurants, so we knew we were in for a treat.  He’s the restauranteur behind Rasika, Sababa, and Olivia – just to name a few – so expect deliciousness!

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We got the following four dishes to go:  their potato gnocchi, their roasted pork ragu, their spice crusted magret duck breast and their pear & lemon tart.  Their gnocchi was tossed in water buffalo butter and topped with black trumpet mushrooms and pecorino di Fossa, while their roasted pork ragu came with house-milled oat pappardelle, san marzano tomatoes and 36 month aged parmesan.

Suffice it to say, their pasta game was strong, but our favorite dish of the bunch was their duck!  It came with roasted baby beets, crispy Brussel sprouts, Italian plum jam and star anise jus.  The meat was cooked beautifully, and it was was super tender.  The accompanying sauce was deep and flavorful, and we honestly fought over the last bite!

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modena duck

The gnocchi was a close second though – think delicious pillows of carby goodness served in buttery magic.  We especially appreciated the shaved truffle on top because who doesn’t love being bougie every once in a while.  Plus let’s be real, truffles make everything a million times better – point out the lie!

modena gnocchi

Dinner ended on a high note with their pear and lemon tart:  think meyer lemon curd, hazelnut praline, and brown butter crumble.  This was exquisite, and it wasn’t too too sweet which we appreciated.  It had a gorgeous texture to it, and we loved that it was lemon forward!  Definitely make sure you enjoy tart before getting this though.

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modena dessert

Alright friends, we hope you enjoyed our latest feature on Modena.  Let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below, and browse our DC tab for other delicious eats in the district.  Sending you all positive vibes – stay safe and eat all the things!


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