I can't say that this is in any way authentic, but the flavors and quality are very good.
Using blackening spices in a Picata, and cheese in the Risotto that is served with fish are certainly not Italian, but the flavors were good, the quality high and the preparation was spot on.
Excellent Italian Restaurant in downtown Asheville. Great variety to the menu and a great Italian wine list. Margarita Pizza as an appetizer, followed by veal Marsala for dinner, Italian coffee with sambuca for desert.
Our reservation was at 8:30 pm. The food was fabulous but we were informed that there would be no bread as they had ran out. Disappointing.
Fabulous food and service.
Very good food and great service. We will return.
Amazing anniversary dinner! Food was incredible and server was very friendly. Highly recommend Modesto!!
Overall a very nice restaurant choice for a quiet night out. Large menu with a broad variety of different entrées especially seafood. My wife had the red snapper with crab meat and I had the ribeye. Entrées were well cooked and seasoned with the exception of my risotto which was to al dente to my taste. Desserts were very nice service was excellent and I would give this at least a 4.5 to 4.6 rating.
Great food! Server experienced and very helpful. Took a long time to receive our food. We were starving and appetizers took about 40 minutes. In total, we were there almost 2 hours for lunch. Food tasted very good and authentic. Great spot but you need to make sure you have the time it takes to be served.
The food and service was amazing! I would highly recommend this place.
Fantastic Anniversary dinner! Our waiter was knowledgeable and kind and the rest of the wait staff very attentive. The food was wonderful. A “different” twist on traditional Italian. Lots of unique menu options, all you surely won’t be disappointed with! Will definitely recommend and return!
Wonderful outdoor dining with great cocktails, wine, service and food. We will return at every opportunity.
THE FOOD IS SO GOOD! Chill, relaxed, and a ton of choices on the menu.
Excellent experience. The service was great and the food was delicious! Loved the Chicken Parmesan...best I’ve ever had.
There was no pizza or water. Or bread.
Our Bartender Christopher was fabulous! Great wine!
We ate outside due to COVID, so the ambiance wasn't great, but the food and service were terrific. So good, we went back again the next night. Ate inside then and the noise level was very high due to such a small space. Different server who was not as good. But the food was great. Had a chance to meet the chef/owner.
Had a terrific time at Modesto on a "slow" (Tuesday) night. Chris was a pleasure to converse with at the bar, and he displayed a great depth of knowledge in wine, especially Italian wines (and why not, given that it's an Italian restaurant). We split a seafood antipasti, and seared tuna and ossobuco for entrees. All were excellent. This restaurant was a nice find and I'd highly recommend giving it a try.
First time visiting, great service and food was on point.
Salads were large and tasty. For the main we had filet and scallops. Should have been called Filet and Scallop. It was very good. The garlic veal chop was very good too. It was swimming in unneeded oil or butter. The service was not good but the server was new. Rarely came to check on us and never brought water that we ordered.
Anonymous, Thank you for your positive review in spite of our missteps. Our Filet & Scallop is listed as such, however, your attendant should have confirmed. I will address the food & service critiques to ensure both are better for your next visit with us. We appreciate your constructive criticism, and hope you give us another chance.
The food was amazing. The Lobster Love entree was outstanding with handmade pasta, a whole Maine lobster and an exquisite sauce. The fried calamari appetizer was also delicious with fried spinach and fried lemon slices mixed in with the calamari and a spicy marinara sauce. Topped off with the chocolate souffle with Creme Anglais and raspberry sauce. Waiter forgot to put our souffle order in ahead of time but it was worth the extra wait. Will definitely dine there again.
Clovette, Thank you for the glowing review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the souffle despite the extra wait! Please join us again soon.
Great! Bartenders and service were fantastic!
Amazing all around! Great food, great drinks, great service. Loved it!!
Amazing! 5 star food and service!
We had a wonderful evening at Modesto Trattoria! We had a wide age of party members, and everyone walked away happy. We were in town visiting so not sure what to expect, but they handled the whole Covid thing perfectly and we didn't worry. Super service, great recommendations, delicious! We will be back!
CPSRS, Thank you for your kind review. We strive to provide great service even in times such as this. I am so happy to hear everyone walked away happy. Please visit us again when you are back in town. Thank you, Andrea Beard General Manager/Pastry Chef
my pork parmesan was very average. meat was dry and overcooked. Service was very good.
TerryF, Thank you for your review. I am happy to pass this along to our kitchen so that we may fix the problem and provide a better meal next time. I am glad you enjoyed the service. We really appreciate that and hope that you will give us another chance in the future. Andrea Beard General Manager
Awesome! Food was great. Service was fantastic!
Great food and service
DELICIOUS!!!! Definitely get a flatbread pizza and a bottle of cabernet!
We ate lunch outside and enjoyed the chicken carbonara, my husband's favorite dish here, the fig prosciutto pizza, also great, and the Goat Cacciatore, which I decided to go for...never having had goat before... and it was amazing! Served with mushroom demi, crunchy polenta, and wood fired (yum) veggies it was beyond my expectations.
JimH, I am glad we could provide a new dining option for you with the Goat Cacciatore! It's so nice to hear you enjoyed everything. We appreciate you and can't wait to serve you again in the future. Thank you, Andrea Beard General Manager/Pastry Chef
Absolutely delicious. Had the cioppino and filet mignon both were amazing along with the caprese for an appetizer.
Amazing service and food. Will definitely be back!
Was our "go to" restaurant before Covid. Recently went for the first time after covid and requested an outside seat and didn't get seated for 15 minutes. Ordered meal to find out they ran out of what I wanted and went off of suggestion cause I didn't have a back up dish planned. Our food came out so late it was 45 minutes after we had ordered and my friends fish was "off" didn't taste right. My meal was soooo salty even after I asked for light salt and it was swimming in oil. I couldn't eat it I took it to go. We were there for 2 1/2 hours with no desert and we didn't "request" to wait to order. VERY disappointed this come back. Our tab was $170 cause my husband had 3 cocktails WAITING for our food. I answer would I recommend to a friend.......before this incident I would now I would caution there choice.
Cathiy, Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the service and the food. Due to our seating capacity being limited to 50% in Phase 2, we do appreciate guests' patience with availability. I am sorry to hear the food did not meet your expectations after waiting such a long period. We constantly monitor what we are able to do efficiently and effectively since we reopened, and graciously ask that you give us another chance.
Vacation trip. Hotel suggested we try Modesto and it did not disappoint. Both of your meals were delicious. I would go back.
Thank you, Anonymous! Does this mean you dined with us twice during your stay in Asheville? That is wonderful! Please remember us next time you visit our town.
This is our favorite restaurant in Asheville. We have never had anything but exceptional meals. A real gem!
LisaK, Thank you for your continued patronage and your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon!
We were ignored for fifteen minutes. Not a I’ll be with you I’m a minute nothing. So we left. Service sucked there wasn’t any service.
From cocktails, to the appetizer and on to the entrées, our experience was top notch! We recommend this restaurant and if we return to this area we will visit again.
Everything about our experience was top notch. Service, food and outdoor seating were all great. I would recommend the Chicken Parmesan and the tiramisu. This was our most enjoyable dinner during our short 3 night stay in Asheville. Next time we’re in town we will eat here again!
My boyfriend and I went on our first trip together and this place definitely made it memorable! Our server (he seemed like he could be the manager and he worked the bar. Had brown hair, but I cannot remember his name for the life of me!) was incredible. He knew everything on the menu by heart, had the drinks to us instantly, and they were incredible! They tasted and looked picture perfect. I had the Risotto Di Mare and it was the best risotto I have ever had in my entire life. The lobster, mussels, and shrimp were incredible in it! We drank our dessert and I had the chocolate covered pretzel martini and it was so amazing I wanted to call him up for the recipe when we got back to the air bnb (LOL). Definitely a place I would recommend if you want delicious and fresh seafood/Italian along with amazing service! I cannot wait to come back!
It all started out with the charming waiter, Alex. The ceasar salad was one of the best I've had. We then ordered the fig pizza which was outstanding. Would definitely go back but for dinner next time.
The food and drinks were amazing! Our waiter talked us into the lobster ravioli over a pizza for our third choice. We didn’t love it and regretted going with our instinct but the martinis, old fashioned, salads, rigatoni, mushroom pasta and lavender creme brûlée were so good we couldn’t complain! We felt a little sold on the more expensive meal, but that’s on us. Otherwise and overall great experience!!! We will be back and recommend it to everyone.
Modesto Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 225-4133.
Modesto Trattoria is rated 4.6 stars by 1109 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.