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Modesto Trattoria, Asheville, NC

Modesto Trattoria

4.5
4.5
1827 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 SRO Coffee.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 225-4133

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Hector Diaz

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Battery Park Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the street, parking garage, or private lots for a fee. M-S after 6PM and all day Sunday, parking is free.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,827 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. G

    Gluttoness

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved it as always. Crab encrusted Flounder was the obvious winner at the table and it was huge so we all got a bite. Still too much and ended up taking it home and sadly, it was wasted. The Crudo appetizer was also excellent and sharable and altho I would have it again and again near the end I felt it could've used a "zinger" (maybe Modesto's delicious preserved lemon!) Seafood Carbonara was a table favorite as well so as it turned out whatever you tried last was your favorite. My only complaint ever with Modestos are the too high wine prices, which every other restaurant in Asheville is also guilty of so... my go to restaraunt, forever.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating here in a month. And again, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Brought my friend for her birthday and it was amusing watching her fall in love with every bite! Caesar salad is insane! Best grape leaves I’ve ever had! Everything is booming with flavor! We had the seafood carbonera and the Bolognese!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!! I can’t say enough about this place!!!!!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you so, so much for the review. Keep spreading the word!

  3. MS

    MichaelS

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great wait staff, excellent experience.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t believe we waited this long to try this spot. The execution was flawless from the moment we approached the front door. The hostess greeted us with enthusiasm and chatted us up on the short walk to the table. She told us the fresh fish and vegetables available that night and introduced us to our server, Christian. He greeted us and took our drink order promptly and relayed the wine options, tasting menu, and other menu highlights. There was a lot to take in but he broke it down for us and also told us they could accommodate our diet. That in itself got them a great receive. My wife’s seafood was superb and and my ribeye was spot on.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you so much for your kind review!

  5. s

    slw42

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The rigatoni was dry from being under a heat lamp that dried the dish out and made the rigatoni tuff. The lamb was under cooked and sent back. This used to be a good restaurant 2 years ago but now its ok but cost to much to be ok. Instead of italian sausage they served Portuguese sausage which is more similar to chorizo. There is no substitute for italian sausage and fennel. Such a shame.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review, slw42. We actually do not use heat lamps in our restaurant as our chef/owner believes in getting the food out as quickly as possible. The rigatoni was cooked al dente. We are happy you got to have your lamb recooked to your liking. Our sausage is homemade, and there are several different variations of Italian sausage, in fact, we choose to make it to where it matches the profile of the rest of the food. We hope you come back to visit us! Thank you.

  6. JW

    JamesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eli was great waiter. Menu has gotten so big and so dang good! Really delicious salad, pizza and pasta dish. Wow!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you so much!

  7. a

    anneg

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This wonderful restaurant had the BEST veal Marsala I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoYour review put a smile on our faces. Thank you so much!

  8. LE

    Love2Eat

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant is small, but amazing!!! The food was all fantastic, no exceptions. I don’t know how you make a Caesar salad absolutely incredible, but they managed it! Just great. We had the Risotto Milanaise, chicken parmigiana and eggplant parmigiana. Best meal of our vacation, and actually could rival the best restaurants in Southern California.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoWow, thank you! We appreciate your review, and we agree: we have an incredible caesar!

  9. EI

    EileenI

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great entrees with huge portions, service slow and front doors, which we were seated by, kept sticking open as servers and patron went in and out and it was a cold night. We had to get up and close them several times.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you for the review. We are currently looking to source above door heaters for the doorway so guests won't get blasted with cold air. We appreciate you!

  10. RW

    RobW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian food in Buncombe county bar none. The wait staff are extremely knowledgeable and their service is too.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you!

  11. T

    Tedesco

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our First visit here. We did reservations, which I highly recommend. We set outside, it was the perfect weather. It was within walking distance to Harrahs where we’re going to see a comedian. I had the pizza Ala Bianca -ricotta, mozzarella, feta, goat cheese, pistachio, roasted garlic, crema. It was so very good, except I stayed away from the whole garlic, I did cut one in very small pieces. Like I said, I was going out and didn’t want to have garlic breath all night. ☺️ My husband had the pasta, Wild Mushroom, chanterelle, shiitake & oyster mushroom, pecorino, truffle oil,fresh tagliatelle. He’s Italian and he could not stop eating , he loved it!! I most definitely will be back.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you so much for your kind review and we can't wait to serve you again!

  12. CS

    ChanceS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service at Modesto are always exemplary. During our last visit we asked that temperature and the background music be moderated, and that was done immediately. 1st class.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you!

  13. SC

    SoCalTransplant

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to lunch spot in Asheville! Always great!😋

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you so much!

  14. LJ

    LeonardJ

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at Modesto -- the jewel in the crown of Hector's restaurants. We always find creative, tasty, locally sourced ingredients -- prepared into fantastic meals at this local restaurant. Eating outside is relatively private, quiet, and very comfortable., Service is just right. Highly recommended.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 3 days agoThank you so much for your kind words!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Caesar salad we have ever had. The pizza was phenomenal, and the seafood was excellent.
  16. B

    Bears

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Modesto many times and think it is one of the best restaurants in Asheville. Food and freshness is number one especially for fish. My only complaint would be our waitress told us about middle range wine specials that they had that night. We order 2 glasses of a very nice wine after having a taste. When we got our bill we were charged $30 for each glass of wine. I think our waitress should of told us the price of the wine, especially because she said middle range wines. I thought that it was a little misleading. I learned a lesson for the future to always ask the cost.
  17. Z

    Zhazhaeats

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect weather for outdoor dining. Darren our server couldn’t have been more helpful and professional. The food was truly outstanding. We all agreed the best meal we’ve had in Asheville.
  18. G

    Garrfish

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious! Will definitely go back when in Asheville again.
  19. B

    Bonbon

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The server gave the best possible service to a group of four women, one of which was very difficult. He did seem to have a bit of an attitude. I think he just needs more training with difficult customers. Fortunately it was somebody visiting from out of town, so she will not be with me again!
  20. BP

    BonnieP

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was very good...we arrived quite a bit early, but were seated immediately. It didn't appear to be very busy for a Wednesday evening. The table we sat at was awkward; it was too low for the chairs. This was out on the sidewalk area. My food was great, as was my sister in laws, but my brother in law didn't seem to enjoy his food as much. He ordered the salmon.
  21. AM

    AnneM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu offers varied selections from pizza to pasta (some homemade) to seafood to meat entrees. There are also specials & a small bar area where single diners enjoyed their meal. There is outside seating should you choose.
  22. W

    Wendy13

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food. Creative in spices and presentation. We liked the restaurant, decor and menu.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eli provided outstanding service !
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    After living in Asheville for 9 years, FINALLY!!!!! Dear god! One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Bounding with flavor but not over doing it Like a lot of restaurants around here that take themselves too seriously. Lol we had a Caesar salad, grape leaves, chicken meatballs, shrimp scampi and vegetable lasagna. Everything was exceptional, the service was amazing.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was very subtle. Great lighting. Amazing service. Great food. A little greasy but overall i give it a 4.3/5! My date agrees as well :)
  26. j

    jimmy

    Jacksonville

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Server was very helpful with suggested pasta swaps on the superb Bolognese. My friend had Lasagna which was very different but good. Not at all like your grandma’s lasagna.
  27. KL

    KLO1951

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We were in town visiting for our 26th anniversary. Found Modesto Trattoria through Trip Advisor. We were first seated inside and did not like the feel/ambiance at all so requested a table outside and we were moved. MUCH BETTER! I’ll start by saying the food was really very good. That being said, we felt like the waitress’s attitude changed towards us when we were not interested in a $125 bottle of red wine, ON SPECIAL that evening. “Not even on your anniversary” was her comment. From that point forward, our service sucked! I ordered a glass of wine, my husband, a bottle of beer. Took about 15 minutes to get them. We each ordered salads which also took quite awhile and were finally delivered by a different waitress. Our waitress finally made her way over and said, I see Emily brought your salads; at that time I requested another glass of wine. Our dinners were served, again by Emily, not our waitress. We were not checked in one single time while eating; still no second glass of wine I had requested. When we finished eating our waitress finally appeared but not with my wine. I told her not to bother bringing it now since I wanted it with my meal. No apologies, nothing. YES to the food. NO to our experience with their service.
  28. SR

    ScottR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Had whole area of resterant to ourselves.
  29. M

    Monica

    Miami

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pizza with mushrooms was the best I have ever eaten. The crust was well cooked and excellent!!
  30. G

    Gazellen

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service-and the food was fresh, ample portions and served with flair! Great place for a special occasion!
  31. LD

    Luv2DineLocal

    Miami

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Nice place, good service but food was very average.
  32. EK

    EugeneK

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Hostess threw silverware onto table. waiter had personality of cardboard. Ran out of octopus by 7 PM. Lame. does not seem like a happy environment for the workers..foo foo overpriced

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on September 6, 2022EugeneK, That doesn't sound like our staff at all. We are sorry we ran out of octopus before you were able to receive the dish.

  33. MF

    MetroFoodie

    Washington DC

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved Modesto. The food was amazing. I had the chicken parmigiano and my husband had the pasta Amatriciana. Both were very well seasoned and served fresh (they came to the table steaming). Our server struck the perfect balance of being attentive but not intrusive. My only disappointment was we felt the wine was a little overpriced. I definitely recommend Modesto.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you so much!

  34. KF

    KathyF

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service was slow but we were patient. Entrees were ordered and our waiter came to our table to let us know that our food was on its way. Yet 1 of our meals ordered was no longer being offered because they were out of lobster. What how has the kitchen not relayed this to our server just as the other entrees were going to be delivered. One meal delivered, 15 minutes passed 2 more entrees delivered then another meal came out. My family was done eating when my son who ordered the lobster finally received his pizza. We asked to speak to the manager Kevin who came to Our table. He never apologized, never cared about us the customer was on defense the whole time. SO disappointed expected more from what used to be our favorite restaurant in Asheville
  35. R

    Roni

    Western NC

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was as phenomenal as usual, service was perfect but the prices have really gone over the top since Covid ended. Even the wine and drinks are over-priced compared to other local restaurants.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on September 6, 2022Roni, Thank you for your review! We actually have cocktail prices similar or under compared to other restaurants. We offer pricier wines by the glass in order to offer our guests a taste of fantastic boutique wines without bottle prices! Our prices have gone up, you are correct! We believe in paying our hard working staff fair and equitable salaries as well as refusing to back down on quality of ingredients. This is something you won't find everywhere! We hope you dine with us again soon!

  36. RN

    RaleighNative

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    First time at Modesto: the hostess tried to seat my wife and I in a tiny room that was filled with about a dozen women for a bachelorette party- and then seemed very annoyed when we asked to move to a different table (the rest of the restaurant was empty and there were several open tables on the patio). The server seemed to take forever to arrive. We ordered drinks, but were never offered any water throughout the meal, which was ok because the wine and cocktails were very good- but we could very easily have gotten tipsy waiting so long for anything to come out! We were interested in the five course tasting, but the menu was super secret- the server said he wouldn’t even allow us to order it due to a shrimp allergy- but would not confirm if the meal even contained shrimp… The flavors in the octopus starter were amazing, though the octopus itself was over cooked and chewy. I had salmon, my wife had lamb chops- both were bland and needed some seasoning; it tasted like the kitchen may be out of salt entirely. We had to wait even longer after our entrees we’re brought out because the server never brought us cutlery- a server from another table completely ignored my wife trying to get her attention to bring us something to eat our food. My veggies and beet risotto had no other flavor than SPICE, which was overwhelming. Bread pudding is my all-time favorite dessert, and this one was no disappointment. Overall, the food had highs and lows, service was inattentive, though polite; I don’t think they were understaffed in any way. Undecided if we’ll give it a second try.
  37. ND

    NutterDuffy

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and service were fantastic and the atmosphere is lovely- especially out on the sidewalk tables. My second time here and it held up just as great as the first visit. Definitely an Asheville gem. Wish I'd had room for dessert as everything leading up to it was superb.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you so much, NutterDuffy. Next time, eat dessert first!

  38. CR

    CarolR

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely dinner outside on the patio with very good service. We shared the caesar salad which was delicious as well as the grouper and tripletail fish. Generous portions as dished included vegetables and wonderful flavors in the sauces that accompanied the dishes. We were too full for desert. Very satisfied and would highly recommend this restaurant.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on September 6, 2022CarolR, Thank you for your kind review! We hope you dine with us again soon, and save room for dessert!

  39. LK

    LorraineK

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Hector for making my seafood risotto PERFECT ... you know what you did and it was truly appreciated.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here and I absolutely loved it! This is surely my new spot for authentic Italian cuisine

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Modesto Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 225-4133.

Modesto Trattoria is rated 4.5 stars by 1827 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Modesto Trattoria

1 Page Ave STE 138B, Asheville, NC 28801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Battery Park Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the street, parking garage, or private lots for a fee. M-S after 6PM and all day Sunday, parking is free.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hector Diaz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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