Chiesa

4.7
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1932 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING A "TAKE and MAKE" MENU ONLY DUE TO COVID-19. VISIT OUR WEBSITE CHIESAAVL.COM FOR THIS WEEK'S MENU AND DETAILS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!
PEACE, LOVE AND GOOD HEALTH! CHIESA
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and intriguing specials.

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DeanR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Food so good I was tempted to lick the plate

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martip
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to go out to dinner and feel like you're part of a family, this is the place! The owner and staff are warm and welcoming. And the food is outstanding! Everything on the menu is perfectly prepared, from home-made pastas to impeccable vegetables to delicious meats and poultry. One of the very best in Asheville!

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BillC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Chiesa!! Wish we lived closer as we would go at least once a week!! Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful as always!

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lexB
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good. The special was lobster cake and was incredible.
I am from Philly and did not give a perfect score because the meatballs were not up to my Philly Italian restaurants standards and were luke warm.
Everything else Great .

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EllieS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there several times and will definitely be going back many more times. There were four in our party. We all had something different, and we all loved what we had.

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vipBillS
Western NC
36 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night out with friends: good wine, nice salads and great lobster ravioli special with fresh vegetables. We also appreciated the easy parking in Montfort. Don't hesitate.

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ChrisB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chiesa is in a building that was once a church, and there are clever references to the history including original pews used for seating and cocktails such as the Old and New Testament. The food was outstanding, the staff friendly, and our server, Mateo, knowledgeable and helpful. Our family had a blast and would highly recommend!

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vipMary
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I was terribly disappointed. I booked well over 2 weeks in advance but when we arrived, we were seated at the only table stuck in the middle of the restaurant, across from the service bar, despite the fact that there were other tables available. It was incredibly loud. We had no less than 4 waiters, starting with the first one who never gave us the specials, though we heard him telling the table next to ours about them in great detail (after we had already ordered). We were asked by three different waiters if we wanted dessert so clearly no coordination there. Then, when we were given the check, it didn't have a place to write a tip. So after trying to get someone's attention, we decided to sign it and left. We were almost at our car when we were literally chased down by a server asking "Did you mean not to leave a tip?" Really?!? We described the whole experience and to her credit, she did apologize. All this said, the food was good, though because of the very poor customer service, I would not recommend this place.

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vipDaniel
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - especially suits my vegan diet.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a light dinner, Brussels Sprouts, so that I could have the amazing Apple Bread Pudding with Ice Cream.

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PiaS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would definitely return to this restaurant. The mussel appetizer was amazing. We dipped the warm bread in the broth until the plate was empty. All pastas are homemade and delicious. My friend had the Mediterranean pasta dish and loved it. You must love olives to enjoy the dish. I had fresh fettuccine with meat sauce. The past was a bit cold but the sauce was very good. Since I love a good Bolognese sauce, I probably wouldn't order this again and would try a different sauce.

Service was very good but when it started to get crowded around 7 P.M., the staff was running around and the noise level went up. I had a difficult time hearing my friend. I recommend going early or late in the evening.

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SherriM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were phenomenal! We were there for game Wednesday and the bison special was done extremely well. This was our first dining experience at Chiesa, but it will be one of our ‘go to’ places each time we visit Asheville.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dining experience. The waiter gave excellent recommendations. The owner checked in with our table of two during our dinner. I would highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience here celebrating my wife’s birthday. We would come back again and recommend to friends.

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JoshS
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday. Food was great! Waitress was really kind and helpful. For the price and quality, it really is one of the better restaurants in Asheville.

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JohnG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Knowledgeable waiter. Variety of traditional and some innovative entrees and pasta. Particularly enjoyed the trumpet mushroom, vegan entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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GForbes
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is exceptional. Great place to celebrate specials.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant parmesan was 10/10 would recommend !

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends recommended this restaurant, and we are so glad we took their advice! Delicious homemade pasta in a very cool historic building. Everything we had was delicious, and there was a good wines by the glass list.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chance to visit first time with family and celebrating my 70th birthday. Oh boy, the best of everything, food, service and quiet enough to have a conversation without being exhausted.

Wait service was experienced and were there when needed but not over doing it. The only thing lacking is a bigger selection of craft local beers. We had the coffee martini which were excellent.

Nothing to say except....excellent!!!

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John
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience and staff were outstanding. This was our first time dining here so we were very excited. My martini was exactly as I ordered, her Chianti was good as well. Fresh & local bread dipped in artisan EVOO/balsamic was a nice touch over drinks. The PEI mussels were phenomenal! I ordered the homemade veal ravioli, she opted for a short pasta w/ the tomato and coconut rosé sauce. My entree was excellent, portion was reasonable, not large. Overall, fresh and very tasty. My wife’s pasta was literally dusted with sauce. If we weren’t in a slight rush to get to a concert, I’d have asked for a replacement dish (or at least some sauce). It was pretty embarrassing to view from across the table. The overall experience was great, and her dish had potential. But the dry pasta was disappointing. Since I didn’t ask for something else, I’m only deducting a single star. I would still recommend this restaurant, however you can’t serve homemade pasta and attempt to let it shine with little to no sauce. This made me wonder why the rear of the house even let that dish go out. All in all, a good restaurant, I’m hoping this was an outlier and is addressed for the next customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chiesa is one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville- it is a cosy and welcoming setting for really delicious Italian cuisine. I have many food sensitivities and they are always helpful and gracious in making sure I have a fantastic meal. I especially love their seafood dishes and their carbonara. Portions are generous and the wine list has a fun list of affordable, quality wines. Service is attentive without being smothering. Thanks again for another wonderful meal Chiesa team!

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vipPaula
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The recommendation for wine was great! Scallops were burnt. Sent them back and were still overcooked.

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vipBillJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my mother’s 94th birthday. The staff and food were wonderful.

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vipBDE1
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice dinner for everyone - Chicken Marsala was very good and tasty red sauce and meat balls for everyone else.

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vipNeillT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was weird. I imagine maybe another time I go I may have a different experience. The service was good, but they tried to take away the appetizer dish twice before I was done. One guy actually picked it up and I had to yell him back with food in my mouth. The appetizers were pretty good, but the lettuce on the Caesar seemed real dry. The Alfredo was good, but the eggplant parm was really weird. It had some kind of bright seasoning which both of us hated. We did ask them for a different dish which we were embarrassed about. The veal ravioli was pretty good, but not great. Then the waiter accidentally took my knife off the table while I was eating that dish. Which was more funny than anything. For a restaurant in pretty much downtown, I’d have to say it was just ok. Vinnies or strada are better picks for Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chiesa never disappoints! It was great as always

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KnutW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chiesa is located in a quiet neighborhood in a lovely old church. the staff was friendly and service was very good. The Duck and Spinach Ravioli dishes we had met our expectations. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding.

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EdwardB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a dining pleasure, with knowledgeable and amiable staff and excellent food.

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vipDallas
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience at Chiesa was exceptional.
Our server, Lisa Marie, was so informed and led us to making good choices, including the wine.
Our daughter from Atlanta is a real "foodie" and she raved about the evening.

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Samuel
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our waiter, Bruce, was fast and efficient. There was a slight delay with a dish we ordered and Bruce offered us a free desert (which was delicious) as a result.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantástico Italian cuisine! It’s a rarity to taste the country of Italy in your mouth!

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chzhd
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shrimp Carbonara and Spaghetti with homemade meatball entree’s and Bread Pudding with Ice cream for dessert....Fantastic Dinner! Outstanding service provided by Misty. Highly recommend Chiesa when you are in Asheville.

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Jeff
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times and each time we feel like family. The food was excellent and the staff and owner gracious hosts. The room is very unique and can be very lively. The menu is small and concise allowing you to spend your time enjoying the experience instead of laboring over a decision. Best Italian in Asheville by far!

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DianeP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I booked the reservation at the last minute and couldn't have been more pleased. I had the eggplant and he had the pasta with sausage gravy. Both were delicious. The best tomato gravy I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations here for Valentine’s Day and had the best experience! 3 couples all driving in from Atlanta, we had a reservation but part of our group was running an hour late. The owner set us up in their employee lounge, serving us wine and bread and rearranged our reservation once our whole group got here. I’m pretty sure there are very few restaurants who would accommodate their guests like that. On top of that, the wine, food and service was so great! Would highly recommend!

FAQs

Chiesa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 552-3110.

Chiesa is rated 4.7 stars by 1932 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.