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Modesto Trattoria, Asheville, NC

Modesto Trattoria

4.6
4.6
1886 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 12 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 1,886 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. LD

    LisaD

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server, Anya, was delightful. The food, however, fell short. The lobster macaroni was tasteless and insides of ravioli was dry. Very disappointed considering the price.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 1 day agoThank you so much for letting us know, I will pass this along to Chef.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We mentioned that it was our anniversary and they quietly celebrated us as such. We appreciated being given a quiet table and the service was fantastic. The food was amazing.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 1 day agoThank you! We hope to serve you again soon.

  3. EW

    EatingWellintheUSA

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative first courses, plentiful portions, and a medley of traditional dishes with fresh twists made for an impressive menu and a delicious dinner.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 1 day agoThank you so much for your kind words!

  4. K

    Kiltman65

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service was great! The fall creme brulee was our absolute favorite part!!
  6. NP

    NicoleP

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful!
  7. JG

    JudyG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the food had amazing flavours. We had the calamari which was excellent with the fried watercress. Just a fabulous dinner & evening!!!
  8. DP

    DavidP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience! Great service, great food! I highly recommend it.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My colleagues and I had a special business lunch at Modesto. Each one of us was very happy with our choices. We ordered a white pizza, a seafood risotto and a veggie lasagna. Outstanding taste and excellent presentation. The server was super nice young lady with a pleasant accent. Amazing knowledge of every dish and it’s origins. Great table manners. Highly recommend!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 1 day agoThank you so much for your kind words and we are so happy you recommend us!

  10. LP

    LarryP

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The pasta Bolognese was excellent. They only issue was the small portion of pasta, which is the entire dish. In comparison to a similar pasta plate with chicken, which is actually cheaper, the Bolognese seemed like a half portion.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The Seabass was amazing, service was impeccable.
  12. DC

    DCFW

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Where to begin?! Our entire experience was amazing and if not for the fact that we live 5hrs away, we would dine here on a regular basis. Eli, our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wines. His recommendations were on the mark! My husband ordered the Veal Parmigiana and it was tender and delicious! I got the Parmesan Herb Striped Bass, and I can’t recommend it enough. It was a flavor sensation along with the risotto and roasted vegetables. We’re so happy that we got to enjoy such a fantastic meal at this restaurant. Please go if you are in town. It will NOT disappoint!!
  13. DW

    DanielW

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, extensive menu with wine pairings for many of the options. We are local, however this was our first time eating at Modesto. A friend of ours works here and luckily was our waiter for the evening. Very knowledgeable gentleman named Eli was our waiter. He gave us detailed descriptions of the dishes we had questions about, as well as some of his own thoughts about the menu. Each item my partner and I shared gave us delight. Keep up the great work, be back soon👍
  14. BD

    BrianD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chef 5 course dinner was outstanding. Eli (our server) was knowledgeable and very attentive.
  15. CB

    ChrisB

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No rush, great service, excellent friendly atmosphere.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!! We ordered the heirloom tomato salad and the octopus for appetizers. For dinner, the black tip shark and mushroom pasta. Tiramisu for dessert. All fabulous!!!!
  17. LK

    LoriK

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Absolutely a terrible experience. We both got basic dishes and they were awful. My husband got Veal Marsala. The sauce was unlike any other Marsala we had tasted. The veal was fatty and inedible. I got Veal Parm. It was edible but barely. The waiter never asked how our food was and only showed up to give us our bill. Another waitress came midway and asked if we needed anything. For $150 we were extremely disappointed.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 8, 2022LoriK, I am sorry for your experience and wish we were able to give you better service. I wish we were able to take care of your bill while you dined in with us. We would have sent a manager out to take care of you.

  18. CB

    CindyB

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. Great service.
  19. EB

    ErnieB

    Naples

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful, our favorite place in Asheville
  20. AV

    AVLocal

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Way too expensive for what it is - NYC prices in small little town - lacked flavor, service was slow, tables wobbly. Fruit flies had to be swatted at throughout the dinner. Have experienced same issues at sister restaurants
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is absolutely amazing on all fronts, ambiance, service, and food, a culinary experience not to be missed. Highly recommended!
  22. DM

    DeniseM

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and well presented food. Wonderful service. One of our favorite restaurants in Asheville!
  23. DD

    DonnaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This is my first time writing any bad review. I made this reservation the week before I traveled to Asheville, I’m from New Jersey so I know it’s important to make a reservation. I got a phone call from Modesto at 3pm (my rsvp was for 5pm.) telling me that the Chef decided to close the restaurant to celebrate Halloween. In my 58 years of life Halloween has always been on the 31st of October. Very unprofessional in my opinion. We did eat at a very professional and delicious restaurant around the corner on Wall St. I would highly recommend going to Cucina 24 instead.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022We appreciate your frustration and are happy you found somewhere else to eat!

  24. MT

    MaggieT

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was wonderful! Server was good, when he was present. We chose to sit outside, as did many others, so I’m not sure how that affected the timing. Some dishes were very pricey; others were more affordable. We’ll definitely go back.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you so much for your review and we hope to serve you again soon!

  25. JD

    JDubois

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Intimate atmosphere and nice menu selections for a special occasion
  26. DG

    DianaG

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Might have been the best meal I have ever had. I got the Seabass and my husband got the Flounder. The fish was great but the overall plate was phenomenal. Service was awesome also.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you so much, we really appreciate your review.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I rarely write reviews, but last night was an exceptional dining experience at Modesto! Our waiter, Kevin, was very attentive. I am very not familiar with Italian wines, Kevin recommended a Barolo that was absolutely delicious. The food is hands down some of the best I’ve eaten in quite some time. I had the veal, which was tender and the lemon risotto a perfect complement. My wife had chicken parmigiana, again superb. Did I mention the portions are huge, “like your Italian Nona wanting to feed you Sunday dinner”. Don’t go here, run here, you will want to come back again and again.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you!!!

  28. M

    Mike

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good experience. Food well-prepared, service and value excellent. Server was helpful, well informed and professional. The portions are generous…really more than we could eat.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Normally, I love this location, when visiting Asheville; but after driving two hours and arriving for reservation and after waiting inside for ten minutes for someone to greet me, I was told that they were closed because the cook hadn’t come in. Employee offered to seat me the following day, but I was only visiting for that day. Had to abruptly find other dining locations at peak time. I understand things happen, but considering I had a reservation, a call would’ve been nice so I could make other arrangements elsewhere.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022We are so sorry that you were not able to dine with us that afternoon. We hope you give us another chance and come back when we are able to serve you.

  30. SA

    SuzyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh fish served over fresh vegetables! The Caesar salad and Tiramisu will make you happy too!
  31. p

    purdyshuz

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The portion sizes are enormous here. Unfortunately more does not equal better. The plating presentation, dish offerings and menu seem outdated. We opted for the chef's tasting menu and the first courses were good, the consomme was very good. In the section of the restaurant we were dining it was apparent that at least one diner at each table was extremely disappointed in the food they received. The service was very kind, but lackluster as we had to wait quite a while for recognition and then ask for water, etc instead of a proactive approach. In my opinion the menu could benefit from being cut in half, the portion sizes being cut in half and the plating and options being updated a bit.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022I am sorry you did not enjoy the chef's tasting menu. We appreciate your opinion, but you may have been projecting a bit on the other patrons of our space.

  32. MC

    MaryC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We have visited Modesto several times in the past. Each time we have looked forward to it because we have had such a wonderful service and the food has been amazing. That being said, last nights experience was totally not up to par. We waited quite a while before our waitress ever came to our table and then she did not seem knowledgeable of the dishes when questions were asked. We ordered the mushroom pasta dish as well as a carbonara dish. Neither was cooked down sufficiently and was quite soupy. We noticed several other people who came in after us who were well into their meal before we ever got our appetizer. We will certainly try Modesto again as we have had Great experiences in the past. Unfortunately, this was not one of them.
  33. Z

    Zlloyd23

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food. The restaurant was a little cramped and the service was a little slow but the food was incredible. This was the 2nd night of our anniversary trip and we are huge Italian food fans. They even made my wife something off menu.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022We are so happy we got to accommodate you and celebrate your anniversary trip with you!

  34. JS

    JSSDJS

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    4 people eating and all dishes were excellent. Seafood is exceptional.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you! We take great pride in our seafood options, as we order fresh fish several times a week!

  35. BS

    BillS

    Western NC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just love the terrace and the menu filled with great food.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Visiting Asheville from FL. Went to celebrate a friend’s engagement. Originally wanted the shrimp scampi, but strangely was told it was in a red sauce? So instead, I ordered the bolognese (pictured) and a friend ordered the seafood carbonara. The bolognese was great, and the food was hot. I got to taste the tuna steak on the seafood carbonara and it was delicious. We did make reservations on open table for 9 pm on a friday night and still had a wait time of 15-20 minutes. The ambiance was nice and the noise level wasn’t too bad. It is near other places downtown, so we went to the bar next door to wait out our reservation.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you so much for your review. We are a boutique restaurant, so sometimes it does take a little longer to be able to seat our patrons. We are glad you found a solution and were able to grab a drink elsewehere before your reservation!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superlative. Delicious. Attentive. Prompt. Diverse. Fun. Can't wait to get hungry again.
  38. BB

    BarbaraB

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from out of town. Kevin, the bartender/server was amazing. The food was outstanding. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is at the portions were HUGE!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. We are regular diners there and they are always outstanding.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service! Will definitely return!

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 4.6 stars by 1886 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 12 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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