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Modena Ristorante coming to West Cobb!

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  1. Gatorrari

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    A new Italian restaurant named Modena, and using a familiar font for their signs, is coming soon to West Cobb; they're on Barrett Pkwy just north of Dallas Hwy (GA-120).

    I wonder if any of their decor will be inspired by the exotic car culture of the Modena area in Italy. I've suggested to them the idea of an all-Italian car show to help them promote their place after they're open.

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    The old Vincent's. Was wondering what they were doing with it. I could walk there.

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    looks like from their sign - they already know about Ferrari...
     
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    I miss Vincent's. We used to go there often when the original family owned it. After they sold it it started going downhill. The last 6 months were pretty bad.
     
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    The last time I went, the food was fine but the service was dreadful.
     
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    For sure. We became friends with the manager over the years and she comped our dinner twice because the service was so bad and they screwed up Carol’s order.
     
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    Modena is now open on their "soft opening"; no word as to when the official grand opening will be. Their website is still under construction but their Facebook page is up and it shows the menu: https://www.facebook.com/modenaristorante.

    They are open Wednesday thru Sunday for dinner only and at the moment, require reservations at https://resy.com/cities/mrtt/modena-ristorante-vinoteca.

    On Google, so far they have 13 five-star ratings and 1 one-star rating, the latter from a party that objected to the high prices. The prices are rather high, but the other reviews attest to the quality of food and service, so as long as that's what you expect, the prices should not be a problem. I plan to go there once I have my car back from the shop, and I've suggested to them the idea of an Italian car show to drum up publicity. Of course, it should be an ideal place for an FCA dinner if you don't mind driving to west Cobb.

    If any of you go there, please add a review to this thread!
     
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    Nice!!! I'll have to call and see if they do take away.

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    I have to say the Menu is not very Modenese.... or at all.
     
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    Girl at work said she went. Says it's solid. FB reviews have been good so far.

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    I finally made it there tonight and had a very nice meal. The place has been substantially re-done from the way it looked as Vincent's, though it seemed a bit noisy for an upscale place. I didn't have a reservation, since their service doesn't cover solo diners, but considering the size of the bar, and another counter-seating area by the pizza oven, I shouldn't have trouble getting seated. Tonight was not super busy so I was able to get a small table.

    Service was fine all evening; my only comment is that the water (which is all that I drank) should have been colder. But my glass was kept full and that was okay. The menu was similar to that shown on the Facebook page. I started with the Insalata Rucola e Parmigiana, a nicely presented arugula salad with shaved cheese and an interesting olive-oil based dressing; it was served with some fresh bread and an olive-oil dip. Then I had the Saccottini Linda, consisting of pasta purses filled with veal, beef & cheese in a cream sauce with truffles, mushrooms and pancetta. (It was listed on the menu as Ravioli Linda, but when I mentioned the Facebook menu to my server, he noted that they currently had saccottini, which is often hard to come by. The dish would have been fine either way, but the purses were more interesting. If you want this dish, ask if they have saccottini.)

    The bill came to $33, which may seem high for just a salad and a pasta dish, but this is listed as a "premium" place. The reviews online have been universally excellent (aside from a few complaints about the prices) and everyone around me seemed to be enjoying their meals. I chatted with Andrew, one of the co-owners, and while I had a bit of trouble hearing him over the ambient noise, I believe he said that he has lived in Modena and owns a 1988 Mondial, so he is one of us! I told him that I would bring my Ferrari by when the service is done and repeated my suggestion of an all-Italian car show to raise interest. He said they would have no trouble accommodating 25 people if we decide to hold an FCA dinner there, which I think we should. Meanwhile, all of you should consider heading over to west Cobb and giving Modena a try. Oh yes, the men's room has some Ferrari 3-view art prints on the walls!
     
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    I made another dinner trip to Modena, this time with the 328. I arrived just before 6 and found a nearly-empty parking lot, so I got the space I wanted next to their big sign. It turns out that Thursday is a slow night, and with the nice weather, people were dining later. Indeed, the place filled up substantially while I was there and the lot was quite full by the time I had left. They are still insisting on seating by reservation only, though it appears that if you are dining early that may not be necessary.

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    The menu had changed a bit since my first visit, and the Saccottini Linda was back for good. I started with a cup of the soup of the day, which was called Zuppa Portofino (in honor of the Ferrari model?), which was basically a potato & rice soup, very tasty and nicely mellow. Then I had the Saltimbocca Andrea, made with chicken sauteed in a lemon butter sauce (rather like piccata) covered with prosciutto, mozzarella and sage and served with nicely-seasoned roasted potatoes and asparagus. It appears below along with the bread and the olive-oil bread dip. Everything was delicious and I was ultimately left with empty plates.

    Service was again exemplary, though again the water wasn't cold enough, which is a very minor complaint. The prices are a bit higher than I'm used to paying so I'll be a steady but occasional customer, but I hope they continue to do well. Andrew enjoyed seeing the car and had one of his people photograph the two of us posing with it, which should appear on their Facebook page! Note that a German interloper had shown up in the interim, pointing out how large a car the modern 911 has become!

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    I should point out that their pizza choices include two varieties called Enzo and Quattrovalvole! (How do you make four-valve pizza?) The wood-burning pizza oven is visible to the far left of the interior photo above.

    I had mentioned that there are some patent drawings of Ferraris in the bathroom and the hallway leading to them. My apology for the bad focus on the last one, which looks like the 2020 F1 car.

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    Here is their new writeup on Facebook, which may answer some questions. Note that reservations are no longer required:

    "Modena Ristorante Vinoteca is a premium casual dining spot located in the outskirts of downtown Marietta.

    Inspired by numerous trips through Italy, the owners wanted to bring a modern concept to the area. Modena co-owner Andrew Kearton previously worked with Pirelli Global for 25 years, the cutting edge and quite fashionable tire company based in Milan, Italy. Andrew’s partner Maritza Padua traveled too and lived in northern Italy with Andrew for several years, which has inspired the creation of Modena Ristorante Vinoteca and its menu. Andrew and Maritza fell in love with the people of Italy, the culture and especially the food and wine.

    The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Ciro Mancini who is Italian with culinary creations well rooted into northern & southern Italian dishes like risotto, seafood, beef, locally sourced vegetables, and wood-fire oven pizza. Ciro has a taste for delicately delicious veal dishes too. Modena is truly a special place where guests can watch their wood oven pizza bake while enjoying a glass of wine from an incredible selection of over 80 varieties from around the globe. Desserts will include tiramisu, limoncello cake and affogato al café, which is gelato served with espresso. Andrew and Maritza hope to make Modena a community hub for their neighborhood, where they have lived for five years.

    We are located at 3412 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW, Marietta, GA 30064, Phone: (770) 635-8851.
    We do not require reservations but sometimes it is a good thing to do. If you would like to reserve a table, we use resy.com."

    I have chatted with Andrew on both of my visits. He owns (or owned?) a Mondial, so he is well versed on Ferrari! If any of you try the place (and I hope that you do), please add your comments below.
     
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