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About Modesto Trattoria

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.

1 Page Ave STE 138B
Asheville, NC 28801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Battery Park Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 225-4133

Website:
http://www.modestonc.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Hector Diaz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Modesto Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

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value

4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (11)
Healthy (8)
People Watching (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
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Seasonal (4)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Great ambiance and service - it was like the waiter could read our minds! BLOWN AWAY #whatameal

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was fantastic and food was great! We will go back and would definitely recommend!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

Halibut was completely amazing. How can a small restaurant have multiple options for white fish, this one perfectly fresh?? Go there to find out! We were in Asheville 4 days and unfortunately found Modesto on the last day. But I agree with our Uber driver, all meals in Asheville were outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great service and ambiance!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great server, varied menu. The striped bass and veal chop saltimbocca were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (東京)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place for reliable and satisfying meals. I've been here around 12 times, good food, great wines, excellent service. Recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service in a bustling downtown Asheville location! We tried an atypical wood fired pizza (Mediterranean) and look forward to trying more. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We've lived in the Asheville area for 11 years and this is the first time we've visited Modesto. Why did it take so long? We love Italian food and as far as we're concerned this is by far this best Italian food in Western North Carolina. The food was superb and the ambience and service was outstanding. We will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Pleasant setting for adequate but not distinguished Italian fare. Unfortunately the overly ambitious menu belies the cooking.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great service, food and drink! This is a cozy little hidden gem in Asheville. If I lived here , I would eat here all the time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Tapas
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We’ve been a patron of Modesto for 4 years and still enjoy their menu. Reasonably price and quality food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent pre event dinner. Had never been nor heard about Modesto. I picked it because it was close to the Cellular Center. It turned out to have a very similar menu to our favorite Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Amis.
Have never seen fish meatballs on any other menu but Amis and Modesto and they were delicious.
The waiter, Ryan was very accommodating when we asked for a simple pasta not on the menu. And when we thought the wood fired octopus was too well done, he discounted it for us. (It was delicious, just too crispy). The marinara was perfect, bread interesting and light, stuffed grape leaves crispy and flavorful. All in all one of our better dining experiences in Asheville. Will come back!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

They were out of several items on the menu and our dinner reservation was only at 7:30. They also ran out of iced tea and the pesto they seved with the bread would have been excellent had they not had big chunks of lime rind in it. The food we were able to order was good.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We've had better meals there in the past, but this past Sunday they were off their mark. Food was so-so and they were under-staffed, so we got pretty poor service (compared to other nights). I don't want to totally blast them, because our last two meals there were good and the service was attentive. This past Sunday night was hopefully just an exceptionally bad night for them. With all the other restaurants to choose from in Asheville, though, it'll be awhile before we go back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

As always our meal was wonderful. My only complaint was that the server forgot a few things we asked for: extra Parmesan cheese; and my leftovers. But the meal was fabulous.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was excellent but portions too large. Now that I have been once, I would scale back on ordering next time

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great spot, food was awesome and we had a table on the sidewalk. Highly recommend it.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This restaurant came with a high recommendation from someone that works at Tupelo Honey and the concierge at the Inn at Biltmore Estates. So glad we took their advice to eat here. Everything was delicious! We would definitely go back when we are in Asheville! Loved the butternut squash soup, the warm romaine salad and the mushroom pasta!! Wish I would have tried their pizza. It looked delish!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding fish and Italian combinations! This restaurant became one of our favorite places in Asheville. Cannot recommend it more highly. BTW, I have no personal stake or relationship with ownership/management!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food is just not that good, cute place....the chef overpowers each dish with one ingredient, like onion or feta cheese....average food

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our service and our food was amazing! Highly recommend 🙂

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Quietly spectacular, as always. Have been dining here for the past 8 years. Never gets old.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was wonderful, good was amazing and portion sizes were huge!! I was in a group of 7 for my bachelorette party, they seated us immediately, the serve greeted us immediately and was very enthusiastic in explaining their food and farm, and helping us make food decisions. He then brought out a surprise tiramisu for me to congratulate me, and it was absolutely the best tiramisu I have ever eaten. I can't wait to bring my future hubby back here.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We were sadly disappointed with the service and with receiving the wrong orders. risotto perhaps meant to be al dente, was just not cooked. Server was very nice and trying hard but all servers and kitchen staff clearly overwhelmed. Lengthy waits for food, then corrections to the food. 20" wait for the check after being there forever and told that we would just have to wait, no one else could help. Sad to see this after finding it enjoyable for several years.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. The space is very nice with indoor and outdoor seating. The servers were very friendly and food was very good. My husband ‘s halibut was outstanding and my lobster ravioli was very good. The restaurant was alitle hard and initially we thought it was inside the building at 1 page ave and it is not!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Awesome meal. Get one of the wood fired apps..fruitti di mare was really good.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Have always had great food and service at Modesto. It has been in Asheville for a while and is not getting the notoriety of the newer "in" restaurants - but is one of the best. Pasta, different pizzas (octopus, wild mixed mushrooms), very fresh perfectly prepared seafood. You cannot go wrong here.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 22, 2017

What a terrific meal! We had an absolutely awesome dinner - artichoke appetizer (a lot of work...but well worth it) & beet salad (simple and delicious) to start; seafood risotto (hearty & well seasoned) & Luganega (Italian comfort food) for the main course. What made the meal even better was terrific service from Rusty - great recos on the food and very attentive to our energetic 6 year old. Great job!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Original tasting food! Awesome ceasar salad and very creative grilled romain salad. Fantastic grouper and pasta . Bistro atmosphere and nice outside seating as well. Tom was a helpful and attentive waiter. And, he made a mean martini!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Fabulous wait staff! Delicious food! Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Off to a slow start, waiting over 20 minutes before our server appeared to take drink orders. But, after that, things improved. We sat in the front of the restaurant in a small side room by the front windows, where they had two 6-tops and two 2-tops. Pretty snug. Noisy. Room was a bit warm but cooled off as other diners left us behind. Five of us at the table, and only 3 ordered salads. Two grilled romaine salads and one very large Sicilian Caesar (delicious, with romaine, raisins, nuts and an anchovy dressing). Entrees at our table included filet with scallops, a lobster ravioli, two fish dishes (red snapper and grouper) with risotto and marinated vegetable sides, and a vegetarian pasta dish. My grouper was encrusted with nuts and was top notch, though the accompanying fennel risotto was cool on arrival, so was not eaten, especially after that large starter salad! All entrees got high marks. Wine list was good, with several available by the glass. Several baskets of bread magically disappeared. Overall good experience, and I would try it again. Total bill for 5, with drinks and tax, before tip, was $260, including 3 salads, 5 entrees, 6 glasses of wine and 2 cocktails. There are more budget-friendly menu items, but we were celebrating a special wedding anniversary, so wanted serious dinner entrees, Modesto serves lunch, too, so perhaps that will be the meal for my next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Could sum up Modesto with one word, Amazing. Had anniversary dinner on Sat, Sept 9, 2017. Food and service was exceptional. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting excellent Italian meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were greeted casually and became a bit concerned about the lack of diners on a Thursday night. Groundless. Our server, Nicki, was attentive but not obtrusive, gave excellent recommendations and selected the perfect wine parings from an unfamiliar list of Italian wines. Octopus appetizer was enough to share and much better and more tender than the usual calamari. So glad we tried it. Rave reviews on the veal chop, a different preparation from the usual, unexpected but very good. Generous portions. Agree with other reviews that the tables are very close; fortunately we had a delightful couple to socialize with at the next table. We will be back bext time we pass through Asheville.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great find. Waitstaff was top notch we'll be back!!!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food and wine! Their pesto that they serve with the bread is AMAZING and they have wonderful pizza & pasta. Must try in Asheville.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always great food -phenomenal really and really fine service too

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The octopus was amazing, was not chewy, was like lobster!! The bolongnes was fantastic, I substituted buccotini pasta and it was fabulous!! Nice wine list! Would recommend adding a few California iltalian wines!! Had a wonderful dining experience! Will go back again next time I'm in Asheville!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 28, 2017

This was my second visit to Modesto and I found the food to be wonderful and a great choice for meeting with old friends. It was quiet enough to have a good conversation while enjoying the food and wine. Would highly recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Modesto is the best Italian food we have had in Asheville! The food was outstanding from the caesar salad,which was big enough to share, to the halibut and bolognase both of which were superb. We are foodies and will definitely be nack soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent dinner, terrific service. Seating is tight and restaurant was a bit warm but not uncomfortable

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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