Modesto Trattoria

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Led by chef and owner Hector Diaz, Modesto features a farm to table approach to upscale wood-fired Italian. The menu changes twice daily and includes a variety of fresh seafood, fine meats, and house made pastas. Pizzas are hand-tossed and cooked in a wood fired oven made in Italy. To compliment your meal, our bar offers over 30 exclusively Italian wines as well as a dynamic list of classic and cutting edge cocktails. Desserts are made from scratch, including our famous tiramisu, and we proudly serve 1000 Faces Coffee.
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Miami
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice. Good quality fresh food. Wonderful menu. Wished I had tried years ago. Great find in Asheville.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

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

Excellent, superb -- Rachal was our server, VERY professional, pleasant and friendly. We had Bison & portions were quite 'healthy'. We got to meet owner/chef Hector Diaz, who was also extremely hospitable, Will definitely return. Jose Munoz (just moved to Asheville and WILL return)

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

I have never had a bad dinner here. Sat outside and it was a great evening!!!

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Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad I selected this restaurant as it was a great treat. The food was amazing and the restaurant ambiance was excellent. The service was great. Nothing, not to like at this restaurant.

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AC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The truffle fries were absolutely amazing! We enjoyed our late lunch and even got a pizza to go for dinner that night. Highly recommended!

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GW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've dined here for years, both for special occasions and not. With one small exception (an exceptionally busy lunchtime), the food and service have been exceptional, Fresh foods, creatively prepared, with a pleasant staff and 'trying hard to please' attitude. Any quibbles are very minor: Space is a bit cramped indoors; you make new friends whether you intend to or not. Wine list is good but not exceptional. Book ahead, and watch closely if over-crowded for signs of an over-taxed staff and kitchen. But definitely go!

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

Very rarely have lunch here; almost always dinner. Grilled octopus (a favorite) did not have the usual reduction over it and was too dry and tasteless without it. Puttanesca was tasty but only 1 scallop and the mussels were almost "webs" and not meaty at all. All the fresh fish orders were wonderful and the pistachio torte with ice cream outstanding as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Some of the best seafood I’ve had in the state. The server was very thorough on ingredients to help me through food intolerances. Absolutely recommend this place. This was my second visit and both dishes were amazing!

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first impression was positive, the host at the stand was friendly, gave us a menu to take, advised us to make reservations, etc. We did make a reservation for the next night. Our waitress was excellent, also friendly, professional, non intrusive. I ordered the artichoke appetizer and it was soooo delicious. Our companions each ordered a pizza....those were amazing, and rivaled what I’ve had in Italy. My main was the eggplant parm.....again, excellent. My husband ordered the veal parm and although it was very good, he found the breading to be too thick and over cooked...it was nearly burnt. I have recommended Modesto to people already, and I would return next time we are in Asheville.

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

For the price, the food quality was poor. Calamari was skimpy but tried to pass it off as plentiful with lemon and oranges battered and fried? Pasta under cooked in the bolognese. Sauce was bland. Wife's meal was under cooked as well. My water glass was dirty. We're local and I work downtown. Not tourists.

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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KW
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian with a variety of dishes. The seafood was well seasoned and tender. The pasta was al dente and rich. Would definitely recommend.

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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would definitely recommend Modesto. I didn't order the pizza this time I around (the pizzas are great!), but I had the broiled lobster which was good. Everyone else ordered different items and all were more than happy with their meals.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best pizza and baked artichoke in town. Food was delicious.

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Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant among the best in North Carolina

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is one of my favorite places to have dinner in Asheville on a warm summer evening. Great food and nice wine list and eating outside makes it a really fun evening with friends.

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AL
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this this restaurant. Food is consistently great and so is the service.

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Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not eaten here in several years. Will return soon.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I ordered a glass of wine when asked for our drinks orders. I was the only one out of my party that ordered wine. Halfway through dinner, I had still not received my drink so I told the waitress I no longer wanted it. She insisted I could have a half of a glass. I agreed, assuming it was complimentary for her mistake. When the bill arrived, I not only got charged for the wine but 3/4 the price. We were offered a free dessert because we were celebrating a special occasion. We asked if we could use that free dessert towards the price of wine because we were so full. She asked and the manager said no. It was terrible customer service. It's not about the money, just principle and how the situation was handled.

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They have two creapy old men to seat you. They turned me off to start with. The waiter was very good. He was a tall man and did a really good job. I gave him cash tip so he didn’t have to split it with the creepy guys. The pizza was ok, but nothing special. But the mushroom pasta was excellent. I would not go back unless everything else was closed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, Superb, Must, if in Asheville. Food was creative, flavorful, with generous portions. Our waitress, Victoria, was GREAT! Menu changes based on fresh available ingredients.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe and food was fabulous!

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great overall experience Will come again next time in Asheville

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JA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went early before the Asheville symphony concert and Service was a priority. Modesto did not disappoint with smooth efficiency. The veal was deliciously prepared and would recommend. Overall it was a most enjoyable evening

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

VERY busy evening. Seating inside and outside. "Royal" greeting @ door and pleasantries
continued during meal from staff. Orders taken as requested. Succulent mussels! Great roasted veggies. What more could one wish for when dining out? Made it a great dinner
experience.
Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a great waiter.

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AH
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, so yummy and so many choices on the menu. The wood fired octopus is the best I’ve ever had. The service is outstanding and you really feel treated.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great server who was knowledgeable and personable. Very attentive and good about explaining the menu questions. We thoroughlyenjoyed the food and choices. Very tasty.

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wine and food were delicious. Server was generous and patient as we sampled a few wines before deciding. He disappeared midway thru, so it was a bit irritating to try to finish up.

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a wedding and took a chance with Italian. We had a delicious, very fresh tasting meal. Really enjoyed our experience

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g
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food and very creative. Cocktails were just what we needed to start relaxing.

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I
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Food was delicious! Service very good also. Large amount of options in the menu. Difficult to make a selection!

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LP
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a top choice when we are in Asheville; comfortable, casual atmosphere with great service and food

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, I enjoyed very much. The flounder was wonderful. The appetizers of tuna was delicious. The carpaccio salmon was excellent. The service was solid. The Rustica pizza was a disappointment...great crust, but the toppings failed to meet the target.
Need to fix the HVAC or be ok using it. The restaurant got overheated when they shut the doors.
I will be back.

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GS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time in Asheville, so we used Trip Advisor for a restaurant recommendation. Modesto was highly rated, so we made a reservation. Excellent choice! The service was as outstanding as the food! It's not a big place, so you're not likely to walk in at 6:30 on a Friday or Saturday night and hope to be seated. However, on a nice day/evening there's additional outdoor seating. Also, the bar area is very small.. not ideal if you're going to have a few drinks while waiting for your table. I would absolutely recommend Modesto to my friends. The menu is great and the food was amazing! Book a reservation, you won't be disappointed!

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T
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent food,diverse menu good service, reasonable prices nice to sit outside when the weather is good

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g
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and being able to sit outside made the experience even better.

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Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food well prepared great service

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service and reasonably priced, however it was very small so reservations are a must-have.

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