Modena Found Its Way To Johannesburg
Built on the pillars of life, family and culture, Modena Italian Eatery offers a glimpse of the European lifestyle in the centre of Parkhurst. As its name suggests, Modena is inspired by the region in Italy of the same name. It brings authentic Italian dishes to the table in its purest and simplest forms – no substitutions or additives, creating an authentic Italian experience.
Vassilios Holiasmenos is the chef and owner of Modena, and prides himself in offering guests a memorable experience from farm to fork – as they put it, looking after the guests as if they were dining in his own home. Hospitality is a non-negotiable core of Modena’s doctrine – with Holiasmenos living the passion and love of food, it comes as no surprise.
“A tradition of lyrical beauty, classical line, musicality, finesse, attention to detail, the warmth of spirit and the flame of dance – all the attributes necessary to make a good restaurant. And what is a professional restaurant’s task, but to carry the audience into a world of fantasy and magic.” – Modena Italian Eatery.
A Feast At Modena
The kitchen at Modena brings you all the Italian favourites from gnocchi to seafood – and, of course, includes everyone’s favourite Neapolitan pizza and homemade pasta. Their menu has a traditional presentation, with all the dishes ordered categorically, making it easy to find your favourites. One can choose to indulge in classics, such as Arancini Porcini or Napolitana di Modena – a traditional tomato ragu served with bocconcini mozzarella over homemade pasta. For the more adventurous of taste, one can opt to try the Squid Ink Angelhair with Crab and Octopus, The Marrow or even Ostriche Fresche – fresh oysters with lemon, black pepper, Campari granita and homemade smoked Tabasco. With modern takes on Tiramisu and Panna Cotta to end off the evening, how can it be a better experience?
Nestled in the heart of Parkhurst, Modena is taking advantage of the street space to enhance the authenticity by creating European-inspired outdoor seating. The interior is a mixture of contemporary and Italian artistry. The space features a contemporary chevron pattern, created with metals on both the floors and some of the walls.
With its contemporary and classic feel, it is a space to behold. On the classical side of things, the restaurant features a sculpture created on one of the walls as an ode to the Greek and Roman gods.
“As an attribute of both Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and the chief god, Zeus, Nike was represented in art as a small figure carried in the hand by those divinities.”
A nod to the purity and authenticity of the old Italian cooking traditions, a horizontal wreath-inspired piece hangs from the roof – once more creating that atmosphere of being in an authentic Italian house.
“A new space created by Vassilios Holiasmenos, Chef and Entrepreneur, Modena Italian is a beautifully unique restaurant designed specifically to focus on the things that make Italian cuisine so loved by all.” – Modena Italian Eatery.
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