Il Foro, one of the year’s most anticipated restaurants, will open this week in downtown’s City Center.
The modern Italian restaurant has revived the space once home to The Forum and Goodfellows with a team of local restaurateurs: Lorin Zinter, Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Jack Riebel.
Joe Rolle, who opened Borough and Parlor, will lead the kitchen as executive chef. The menu, described as a “modern approach to classic Italian cooking” influenced by Rolle’s Italian immigrant grandfather, boasts modern, housemate pastas, seafood and exotic items like suckling pig. Il Foro’s drink of choice will be the classic Negroni, along with an Aperol Spritz or a Birra Moretti, an Italian lager that will be on tap.
The restaurant at 36 S. 7th St. is still in line with the space’s 1930 Art Deco style, with large mirrors, stained glass and chandeliers right out of “The Great Gatsby.” Originally The Forum Cafeteria, the team renovated the downtown restaurant space with its historic past in mind, though they’ve added a few modern touches. The exterior also pays homage to some of The Forum’s signage with an updated color palette.
Il Foro will be open Tuesday, June 16 for dinner and Thursday, June 18 for lunch service.
Photos by Eric Best