il Modo’s Comeback With New Executive Chef and Italian Menu Offerings

by Amelia Yin on May 27, 2022 in Food+Drink, General,

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, il Modo has a new Executive Chef, Greg Pawlowski, along with new exciting menu offerings. Customers can also try their new interactive seasonal culinary programs including private pasta-making classes, themed wine dinners, and pop-ups with local spirits. 

Il Modo can be easily found in the heart of downtown Fort Worth on the ground floor of The Harper without entering the hotel lobby. Photo courtesy Kimpton Harper il Modo

About il Modo

With a modern approach to Italian cuisine, il Modo is all about showcasing traditional Italian dishes seasoned with classic flavors and local ingredients. il Modo currently resides on the ground floor of The Kimpton Harper Hotel, a 24-floor historic landmark that was once the tallest building in the city.

Chef Greg Pawlowski, il Modo’s newest Executive Chef, has an experienced culinary background, having started his career studying at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Chef Pawlowski aims to bring Fort Worth locals an improved restaurant menu with updates to il Modo’s dinner menu and revamped classics for breakfast, lunch and brunch. 

Chef Greg Pawlowski has refined his Italian culinary expertise studying at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and under Wolfgang Puck where he spent eight years perfecting his craft. Photo courtesy Ken Right Photography

Although il Modo has re-envisioned their menu items, il Modo strongly stands by Italian traditions and inspirations. With tradition in mind, il Modo makes their pasta fresh and in-house daily in their glass-walled pasta-making room. il Modo also offers an open bar system with seasonal spirits crafted from local Fort Worth and Texas distilleries. 

The Menu

Start by ordering a specialty cocktail such as the Zippa, a refreshing drink crafted with Bombay Gin and citrusy hints, perfect for toning down the upcoming Texas heat and humidity. If you are a cheese lover, be sure to try the Burrata which is complemented by  candied cherry apricots; the greatest combination of sweet and savory! Another antipasto of note is the Calamari — fried to perfection and coupled with peppadew peppers. To enjoy this starter to the fullest, take a piece of calamari dipped in lemon aioli and a peppadew pepper for an instant burst of savory flavors.

Signature dinner items of note include the Rigatoni, a pasta fan-favorite that is made with dry aged beef Bolognese and topped with parmesan and fresh basil. Once you take a bite, you will understand why it is so popular. A simple dish, but packed with rich flavors. If you’re looking for a hearty meat dish, order the Lamb Shank that is braised and topped with parmesan polenta and romesco sauce.

Il Modo is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 6:30 AM – 2 PM and weekend dinners from 5:00 PM – 9 PM. You can also stop by for an Italian-inspired brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30 AM – 3 PM. Photo courtesy Ken Right Photography

For dessert, choose between a vanilla bean flavored Tiramisu or Gelato and the daily sorbet selection. For those who aren’t a big fan of sweets, the Cannoli filled with creamy ricotta and topped with fresh berries is perfect for ending off your meal. 

After your meal, head to the 24th floor of The Harper and enjoy after dinner drinks while catching a spectacular view of downtown Fort Worth. 

Even if you don’t have enough time for a sit-down meal, guests are welcome to dine in at il Modo’s open bar to enjoy a quick bite or casual drink. Photo courtesy Kimpton Harper il Modo

Special Events

Interested in learning more about the process of making Italian pasta and its history? The Harper now offers a private group pasta making class in il Modo’s pasta-making room with their first class being held April 24.

You can also book il Modo’s pasta-making room for any private event that can accommodate up to 12 people.

Chef Pawlowski’s dish of note include the Lamb Shank which is braised to perfection and topped with parmesan polenta and romesco sauce. Photo courtesy Kimpton Harper il Modo

Il Modo: 714 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Cover photo courtesy Ken Right Photography

Amelia Yin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a double major in Marketing and Global Business.Yin enjoys spending her free time exploring new restaurants and attending local activities.