Chiesa

4.7
1577 reviews
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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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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is great! We both had pasta dishes and they were fantastic!! I wish I lived closer so I could go more often!

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D
Western NC
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was, as always at Chiesa, excellent. We began by splitting a beet salad, which was delicious. For a main course, I had the duck breast special (amazing) and my wife had the chicken Marsala (also excellent). For dessert, we split a serving of blueberry bread pudding with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. The perfect end to a great meal.

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OT
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Quality of food has gone downhill since we ate there 6 months ago

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Chiesa several times and never come away dissatisfied. Each time we order something different and are always delighted with our meals. It’s just that good. Chiesa can hold its own with the good meals we’ve enjoyed on our 3 trips to Italy. We will look forward to our next Chiesa experience!

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j
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was perfect. Patrick, our waiter gets extra points, for helpfulness, knowledge, as well as having a great personality. I say, give him a raise.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual- food was excellent, drinks waiter and regular waiter both helpful and friendly. Service was unusually slow. Food took 30+ minutes to arrive. Warm, lively ambiance. We had Caesar salad, red pepper terrine, tuna, ravioli with red gravy.

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DL
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible. Laura was an excellent server and knew all details of the menu. The warm spiced olives were the perfect start to our dinner. The red pepper terrine salad was a pleasant surprise of tastes. And, how could you go wrong with the homemade spinach ravioli. Will definitely return on our next visit to Asheville.

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t
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we enjoyed our dinner very much. and our waitress, laura, did an excellent job. we will be back for dinner in august when back in town.

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DC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in Asheville. I have been here a dozen times or more and never had a bad meal.

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Five of us had a very desirable dinner. One of our guests was a vegan and was able to choose food he liked. The scallops and blue berry bread pudding were our favorites.

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LE
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a great experience for us- the food is stellar. Everything we had was excellent. We were impressed with the chicken marsala and the duck special. The service was great, very attentive. The atmosphere is charming in the old church.

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SO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit to Chiesa, delicious yet again! Already have a reservation for our visit next month!

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JC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade pasta was incredible

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OT
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Pasta!!

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c
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience at Chiesa this past weekend. We were staying at a local B my husband had the duck special and I had fresh angel hair with pesto sauce and meatball, to the homemade ice cream for dessert, it was amazing. Thank you Newton & Mateo!

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TL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Matteo was an excellent server. House-made pasta, fresh and al dente, the way it's supposed to be, paired with sweet sausage, and a glass of Chianti...Heaven!

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KK
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was outstanding. I had the house made fettuccine with roasted beet and balsamic pesto and shrimp. The meal was delicious and our entire party enjoyed their meals. The only complaint was that the noise level was very high. It was hard to hear the waitress and I am not hard of hearing. The owner, Newton, said that they would be adding sound barriers very soon.

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We liked the ambiance of Chiesa. Parking was a challenge because there was no lot associated with the restaurant. We ordered pasta dishes. With homemade fettuccini. I loved the sauce, but found the pasta a little thicker than expected. Despite this, we would recommend it to friends and definitely go back.

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j
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a meal at Chiesa....excellent quality, value and service. The outdoor patio seating is divine for this time of the year.
Kudos to the owner and the fine service staff. Matteo was excellent!!!
We will return...often!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!! Simply wonderful....the food was amazing, wait staff knowledgeable and helpful, the service exceptional. We are already planning our return visit!!

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a
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The waitress stunk of body odor. When serving tables next to us, she squeezed between tables and I had to eat with her butt in my face. to make matters worse, she was chatty and I had her butt in my face for almost the entire meal. Very disappointing

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MA
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous and delicious! Plus everyone was so nice.

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DD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was ok. In all fairness, Italian food is tough to differentiate. I had eggplant with angel hair pasta. Pasta was nice and fresh. Just nothing that made any kind of a wow factor over other Italian restaurants or even going to my local pasta store (pasta and provisions in charlotte) and picking up fresh pasta and some sauce.
For less than $20 for pasta, it wasnt a bad value. Menu needs a differentiator. Some really good veal or something. A cauliflower steak isnt it. But then again, it is Asheville

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PW
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. The food was seasoned beautifully, presented well, and every element on the plate was given a lot of thought and care. We were full to bursting, but wished we had room to try more. Can't wait to go back again!

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D
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always reccomend Chiesa. It is one of my favorite places in town . I think the secret is finally out. The menu is great. My picky 10yr loves it. Desserts could use a revamp but the spumoni is fantastic. The owner is very nice. Service was flawless as usual

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat near the long table and the group at that table were rather loud, so it was hard to hear ourselves talk.

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JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High-quality food. Best Italian I have had in a long time.

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JS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a great price! Excellent service and ultra friendly staff! It's nice to find a place off the beaten path.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place to spend our date night celebrating our engagement. The food was incredible and the was knowledgeable about the menu and providing selections and accommodations. The owner so graciously gifted us our first round of drinks on the house because we were celebrating our recent engagement. Y’all need to go pay a visit to this literal place of food worship. We will be back!

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good selection, Good Service, Good Tasting Food at a fair price.

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AF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, starting with the excellent menu and food, and extending to the personal service. These guys really care about your experience. Don’t forget about dessert!

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KF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Waited over an hour and half for our food! Owner didn’t care when we approached him. His response was the kitchen was backed up. Never to return

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JC
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best dining experiences we've had --the noise level increased as the evening progress and luckily we are fairly early diners. The food was superb and our server was the BEST! He assisted in choices and was right on with each suggestion. The pasta was, of course, outstanding. The scallop appetizer was delicious and believe me, we know that not everyone can prepare scallops perfectly. The chef did and they were tender, moist and just perfect.Made us wish we'd ordered the main dish! And the meatballs, too, were delicious. So thank you, Chiesa! To everyone; owner, chef, server! It was a great evening!

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CG
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t believe we never went here before. Great homemade Italian in a great space and the service was also great. We will be back.

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SU
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience with amazing food and service. Waiter recommended a special Chianti which was best we’ve ever had. Owner stopped by our table to ask if we were enjoying our meal. Chiesa will be our go-to restaurant in Asheville!!

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EJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great service. One of my favorite restaurants in Asheville for Italian food.

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Wilted salad sauce for mussels almost tasteless server too chatty and wanted to tell us all her personal life featured wine too expensive for quality entree was good ......seems new owner is destroying the restaurant. Our 5 th visit won’t be back

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CV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. I would definitely go again.

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W
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We go here a lot. About twice a month. Always great until this experience. Fettuccine noodles were hard and shrimp tasted mildly bleachy?? Weird.
Service was good until the 2nd half of the meal where attention waned. When we were finally acknowledged we were essentially finished with our dessert. Was wanting to put in an additional to go order much earlier. When to go order was requested we were told that we would have to leave our table and sit at the community table because there was a reservation waiting. Total time seated at this point was 1hr and 5 minutes. Not long at all for appetizer, salad, entree, desert meal.I can’t believe we actually went along with this request. Guess we were just too shocked to say no. Maybe they are booking reservations too close together or seating too many non reservation spots. Should not be our problem though. We always reserve as this is a small spot.
It’s really a shame this happened. One of our favorite restaurants. Not sure how we will proceed.

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MT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, great food and James was a stellar host!

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