Modesto Trattoria

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Italian
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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Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and service was excellent to match.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very friendly attentive server. Food was disappointing, fish overcooked

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good experience. We are as regular here as any other favorite restaurants in the area.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! The food was amazing- the chef had a wonderful menu of Italian cuisine with a twist of flavors. Our waiter Alex was knowledgeable about the food and very personable. Will definitely return!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! The entire dining experience is top notch, no complaints. The food is outstanding with service to match!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

GG
Oklahoma City
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, the street scene is lively in front. The server was adorable, extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wines with which to pair each dish. The grilled Caesar salad was great. I had a special for that night, clam cacio a Pepe, it was fabulous. My friend had vegetable lasagna. It was delicious. We would both eat here again

BS
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Asheville gem. Excellent food with friendly efficient service. We enjoyed the terrace on a fairly quiet street. Try the Crab Cakes and risotto with a glass of Italian red wine. What could be better.

P
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always delicious at modesto. The chef knows really well how to prepare fish dishes. Part of the experience is the food and drink, the other part is the atmosphere and service. Tonight (which is an outlier) the service was not as good as in the recent past. There is always room for improvement. Our waitress was inattentive, lacked warmth and personality. Did not mention that we were there celebrating an anniversary. Swing and a miss this time. We'll try again.

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A very welcoming atmosphere along with delicious food next time in Asheville a must !

J
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming back here. Alex was superb as was the octopus! See you in February!

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

The food was amazing (lobster ravioli and seafood risotto) and quick. It was on the table less than 10 minutes after we ordered. The server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. We enjoyed our entire experience, including dessert and one of the best decaf americanos I’ve ever had.

E
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Excellent service. Large portions. We were in Asheville for a long weekend and found this place by luck. Would definitely go again and recommend to anyone.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice experience from the beginning of the evening till the end. They’re very attentive and the friendly staff were excellent. Kudos to chefs Hector and his incredible staff..

OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service! Best Italian in Asheville!

SP
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best octopus appetizer ever, amazing pasta dishes. So glad we found this gem while in Asheville!

d
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife salmon was a little over done. Otherwise our favorite

AE
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was real busy and service was therefore slow. But the food was excellent.

OT
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food overall was good but........ took about 25 min to have water brought to the table. Also they are VERY NON-ACCOMMODATING to any menu adjustments or substitutions. The waiter thought he was doing me a favor for bring a side of pasta instead of potatoes... give me a break.
Food was good but too much hassle ordering. Other restaurants are as good if not better and are more customer friendly. That said, I do not plan on returning.

H
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great crab cakes, but carbonara dishes were excessively watery

OT
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate outside, service was top notch starting with the host to the waiter who took care of us. Food was terrific with the exception of a veal dish where the meat had not been pounded or cut thin enough to be tender. Everything else was outstanding from the charcuterie starter to panna cottage dessert. Would definitely return.

a
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent; food, service, friendliness, all top-notch.

M
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great ambiance!

m
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My dinner was too seasoned .... nice piece of fish too doctored .., everything not close enough to the real food ....

IV
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The food is very good. The service is slow and off the mark. We were thought we had plenty of time for dessert before going to the theater, but that couldn't get worked out. The room wasn't that busy. I'd call it distracted service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, great service

R
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome dinner. We enjoyed everything. Ate outdoors. Very pleasant.

BS
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful terrace dinner with excellent service, fresh pasta and seafood combined with Italian wine....what could be better?

E
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always

P
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. The chef issue very talented with a menu that changes often. Really special

O
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Ate there two nights in a row because it was that good. Monkfish and scallops are great, although it would have been nice to get two scallops, not one. Service was great. Ate outside and it was also wonderful.

GC
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I EAT PIZZA ALL OVER THE WORLD. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST PIZZAS I HAVE EVER HAD!!!! SALADS AND DINNER WERE GOOD TOO BUT TRY THE PIZZA!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was disappointing.

OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Two of the best dishes my husband and I have ever tasted. The wood fired Octopus and fried Calamari were fabulous. Our server (Brad) was excellent, sharing recommendations and pride in the chef. We both had pasta dishes for our entrees which were made with authentic sauces - carbonara & puttanesca. Excellent food & cocktails- we’ll definitely return.

OT
Raleigh
115 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband had the chicken Parmesan and I had the roasted vegetables and crab cake appetizer. They were both very good. We sat in the window. The service was a little slow, but then they accommodated us when we were 15 minutes late trying to find a parking spot.

FT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance, decent service, mediocre food at best.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated outside which was nice as the inside dining area is quite small. Food is outstanding. Service is great. Overall very good.

IT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food

DD
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Algie was our waiter and he was one of the friendliest most attentive servers we’ve ever had. I had the seafood risotto where the lobster and scallops were cooked to perfection. My wife had the vegetable lasagna and she said it was the best vegetable lasagna she has ever eaten. This restaurant is definitely one of our local favorites.

P
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always nice to be surprised with a restaurant that you're trying for the very first time. Service - terrific. Food- delicious, staff- friendly and accommodating. Thank you Fred for a wonderful suggestion. A very memorable evening.

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