Chiesa

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$30 and under
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Italian
Chiesa (Italian for church) is a quaint Italian restaurant featuring generations of family recipes, housemade pasta, and local ingredients. Located in the historic Montford neighborhood, Chiesa (pronounced kee-ay-sa) is housed in a building that has been at the center of the community for over one hundred years, serving as the local grocery store, then as a church, and since 2014, the neighborhood Italian restaurant. Our friendly staff welcomes all guests as family, providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere for both inside and patio dining (when weather permits).
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Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and cozy atmosphere. Would highly recommend and definitely will be back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent for the service to the food and ambiance. Great evening.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went based on a recommendation from a co-worker. It was fantastic. The restaurant occupies an old church and has an awesome vibe. Redemption cocktail was really nice....Makers Mark, grapefruit juice and a honey syrup. We had the Veal ravioli, meatballs and the carbonara pasta. All were really good. The sauce on the veal ravioli was a non traditional red/cream based sauce but you could taste a hint of lemon or citrus in it. Wow! The bread pudding was also fantastic. I will be back on future trips to Asheville.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Chiesa, and since we are local, we will definitely come back. Quality and presentation of the food was excellent, and taste was outstanding. Certainly not ordinary Italian fare! Staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Diverse wine list with reasonable prices. Warm, intimate atmosphere with a neighborhood feel—so nice to feel welcome and special rather than just a number.

DM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. Michael our waiter was great!

o
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. While one of their specialties is pasta, they also allow you the option of zucchini “noodles”. I was thrilled with my dish of those noodles plus sausage sauce with extra vegetables. Everyone at our table loved their dishes. We shall certainly return.

JA
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Since the change in ownership, the food is just not what it once was. They are always booked so, perhaps, others disagree.
Can’t beat their meatballs, pasta in red sauce, their scallops and often their stuffed mushrooms.
I fear their pesto as I’ve tried twice and it was much too dry and pasty. Like spreading cement on pasta. They said they’d pass the note to the chef, but I keep waiting to see someone else order it. Their Caesar salad also is too dry and has little flavor.
I will still go, but never on a Monday. The staff and cooks must be different as I was embarrassed by the food. I’d raved and brought guests.
Book ahead as they’re packed, which once didn’t surprise me. Now, it does.
It’s still a good place to go if you know what to avoid. When it’s good, it’s great.

J
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and friendly service in a fun atmosphere! A perennial favorite and an Asheville local gem!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, beautiful service, delightful experience
So glad we chose to come here. It was packed on a Tuesday evening. Glad we made a reservation. It was our anniversary and from the owner to the hostess we were made to feel special. Thank you CHIESA, you’re grand!

R
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening. Food and service was exceptional. We sat at the bar and chatted with the bar tender Ben and the owner. Will return every time when in Asheville.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Positive atmosphere and happy staff. They were great!

EK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!!
Server was a little distracted...

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Our waiter was actually in the parking lot chasing down someone who left their hat. Could not have had a better experience

AL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my friends 30th birthday and we had a great time. Amazing food and really incredible staff!

JB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our best dining experiences in years. The food was amazing, all of the staff, including the manager, were attentive, friendly, personable, highly accommodating and knowledgeable about their menu and Italian/Sicilian food in general. If we lived in Asheville I guarantee we would return regularly and frequently. I wish they were located in our home town! Ben, our waiter, deserves special kudos for making our experience so enjoyable.

LS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food I’ve had, and our experience was exceptional. Willing to take another trip to Asheville just to go to this restaurant again. 12/10 meatballs.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood spot on vacation, they only had bar seating available for our time slot which seemed more quiet than the restaurant anyway. Homemade pasta was excellent!

OT
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond amazing... quaint elegant and delicious .. trifecta of excellence
best restaurant by far in western NC.
Patrick and his team have created a warm friendly and cozy atmosphere with 5 star service and food.. outstanding

SB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal....great service.....so nice of Newton to stop by the table.

CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Best food in Asheville!

b
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although this is only 2/10 of a mile from our house, it is one of our favorite restaurants in Asheville. The food is always terrific and Misty, our server, was great. My husband recently became a Vegan, and they had several choices for him. Cozy spot with great food!

R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chiesa was a winner....home made pastas, great sauces and good value.

p
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Sat at the bar and that's the best seat of the house. Food and service was outstanding!

AF
Raleigh
61 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening. Several wines to choose among, great service from Patrick, excellent pasta and a great chat with the owner. Thanks!

RG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice neighborhood italian restaurant. Service via Bruce was excellent, timely, and accommodating of our requests. Food was well above average, but of uneven appeal/seasoning. The house-made pasta was a standout.

AR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

It was an interesting concept, but a little too full of itself. The food was just okay.

D
Western NC
54 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chiesa just keeps getting better. Food was excellent, service was enthusiastic, and although the noise level was occasionally higher than my aging ears can enjoy, the evening -- overall -- was memorable.

E
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Been there before. Was amazing. Fresh made pasta, delicious sauce. Could not wait to come back and order the same thing. This time however (albeit on a Monday night) the pasta was reheated and sticky and the sauce was over spiced. Others at the table loved their dish. So I’m heading back soon for another try.

SV
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday here tonight and after 58 years on the planet and being Italian this is the best Italian sausage, meatballs and homemade linguine I ever had. OMG amazing yes! Thank you Mateo all staff members for your outstanding service. We’ll be back for sure!!

a
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The Homemade pasta was incredible and the eggplant appetizer was amazing. I loved the atmosphere, service, everything. I definitely will be back!

KJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday meal. We were early for our reservation so we were able to enjoy a drink downstairs until our table was ready. Had an incredible meal. Would highly recommend!

ME
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been wanting to try Chiesa for some time, and we were very impressed! Delicious, creative, and the Italian tradition gives it something a little different from the other fine Asheville restaurants we love. It’s a new favorite.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner at this local gem. Reservation is needed as we tried twice to get in before reserving with open table. Food was awesome, and we enjoyed the wine recommendations from the bar.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden Asheville gem! We were a party of 9 and running behind from Candlelight Christmas at the Biltmore on a Thursday night. The staff at Chiesa were extremely accommodating and welcoming when we arrived. The restaurant was cozy and charming. The food was scrumptious... from the appetizers to the desserts - and we tested a lot of it! Not a single dish disappointed. We will definitely be back.

PD
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was planned as a friend get-together but when one of our friends got sick, it turned into part one of our anniversary celebration. We’re so glad we decided to keep the reservation. This was only our second visit and we wondered why we hadn’t come back sooner. Food, service and ambiance were all excellent. Thanks to Patrick for taking very good care of us and striking the right balance between attentiveness and allowing the right amount of time for relaxed dining. Cudos too for picking up on our anniversary celebration. During both our visits, the owner, Newton, came by and chatted and we thanked him for implementing a suggestion we made on our first visit. We strongly recommend this stand out, gem of a restaurant. We’ll be back sooner than last time. Thank you!

JH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding as was the service. Busy Thursday night but our table was available timely for our reservation!

ML
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was abysmal. We never knew who our waitress was - three different persons were involved at different times. We waited a long time for our entrees. In fact, other diners who arrived and ordered after us were served before we were. When we were finished eating, we waited half an hour for a waitress to approach and clear our plates. This was the worst experience we've ever had at Chiesa, and it will be a long time before we think about returning.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The wait staff was great , ambiance superb I had the flounder and found it to be very pedestrian, in fact it was rather plain and not very tasty. My lady and I love your restaurant and when we feel like having a special date we like to have it with you , but we were let down on this occasion .

s
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around...service,ambiance and the food was delicious!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!