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Modesto Trattoria

4.3
603 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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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
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Phone number
(828) 225-4133
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hector Diaz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Battery Park Ave
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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 Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 603 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Fabulous food. My wife, who is Italian, said the Bolonaise Riggatoni, was the best she ever had.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We received excellent service. They have to be commended on the food presentation and quality. Well worth another visit.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The food was not very good this time. Way too oily and salty. I was disappointed, because I usually really enjoy this restaurant. I was a bit disappointed in the waiter as well

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1.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Mussels were spoiled in the appetizer. Informed waiter. entree also contained spoiled mussels. You could smell they were bad. When we informed server again at the end of the meal he suggested we were lying because we "ate them." We tried a few in the app and spit them back out but did not eat any in the entree. It was an insulting response from a waiter. Food safety isn't something a restaurant should take lightly.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have eaten here often and always been wowed. The food was , as always , wonderful.
However on this trip we were seated in the window area. Modesto has a wood fired grill that is part of why some of their food is so good. Right after our cocktail we noticed a smoke smell . It slowly grew stronger. Finally , my wife's eyes started to actually water and mine were stinging.
We were immediately moved to another table by a young lady who appeared to be the manager. She was wonderful and kept the restaurant moving. She also noticed our waiter was very slow and seemed forgetful. She got him moving for us. She saved the meal .
We will be back , but Modesto....fix that smoke problem.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was fantastic. Service was slow and a little odd. The bartender had to have been new and the waiter was swamped. Really good food though

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very fresh and very flavorful food. Reasonably priced. Try to sit outside if it's a nice night.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was outstanding and service very good, although we never did get our server’s name. Unfortunately the evening did not start out well as the host, Tom, was confused and befuddled as to what tables were ready, who was to sit where, how his reservation app was working,etc. To make matters worse he answered the phone several times while we were waiting for him to determine when our table would be ready. In my mind, a customer in your business Is worth two on the phone. We eventually gave up on the promised outdoor seating and told Tom if it was going to be a long wait we would sit indoors. As soon as we sat down in the restaurant though, he sat another couple at one of the many open outdoors tables. If not for Tom it would have been a five star evening all around.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

As locals, Modesto is our go to restaurant. It is always a special occasion. Service has always been excellent.
Thank you

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We came out to Modesto because my husband was craving it's wood smoked goodness. Modesto does not disappoint! Delicious, creative, yum.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Out of town guests

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great food and drink menu

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My second visit during a trip to Asheville, as before the food and service
were exceptional. Somewhat limited seating so reservation recommended.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Their calzones are tasty, especially the one with cannelloni beans and mushrooms.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Simply stupendous. Eclectic menu. Prompt professional service. Fair price.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

While food was excellent it was lukewarm when served Msybe it wasn’t brought out when ready

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Lovely venue with a lot of fish choices - our favorite. However, the service was slow, the tables so close together we had the backside of a waiter in our faces some of the time, and both fish dishes were quite overcooked. When asked the obligatory question, "How is everything?', I told the waiter the fish was very overcooked - he offered "some olive oil" for it. When he saw over half of the worse cooked fish was left, he deducted half the price.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Good food, nice sidewalk dining experience . We always have a good meal

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Another great meal, served in Spring Carolina sunshine. Fresh veggies, homemade bread, traditional pasta and spicy tomato sauce with local herbs, accompanied by Sicilian red wine. Cannot imagine a better brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Simply Amazing. Best meal we have had in Asheville.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent, as always. New waiter a little slow to bring things, esp. the check, so we ended up closing it down. I think he thought we wanted to linger!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The cuisine borders on the best Italian food I have ever eaten! Plus, the waiter was a real Pro...he allowed you to eat without the constant interruption, but made sure our needs were attended to. All in all, a must visit. Too bad I am from out of town, because I would frequent this restaurant on a regular basis!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

There’s too much raw garlic in the dishes (we’ve tried quite a few). Even for Italians it’s overwhelming. Otherwise very good food and nice atmosphere . Note that not all pastas are made in-house so if you are a connoisseur ask which ones are made that day. The pesto is amazing and so is the buffalo mozzarella. The menu changes daily so they’re are no specials. Disappointed that we had to purchase a ball of ice cream to celebrate a birthday. There’s no point in telling them you’re there for a special occasion as they don’t provide as much as a candle on the paid dessert for the special guest.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was quite good, fresh and creative. However, although service was pleasant, it was slow and somewhat inattentive. The noise level was high. We chose to eat inside because of the wind, but the patio would have been a better choice.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great pre Symphony dinner. We had Pompano, a fish you don't see on many menus these days. The accompanying items were uniquely tasty as was the beet and goat cheese salad which in addition had preserved lemon and some other interesting vegetables. Nice atmosphere and very walkable to parking garage and Symphony.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had been in for lunch earlier in the week and had a great meal. The lunch menu was smaller and the food seemed more thoughtfully prepared. We came back and brought some people for dinner. Unfortunately, the dinner menu and food did not match the lunch. The dinner menu was huge - a trattatoria ought to do a few things well rather than attempt too many things and do a mediocre job. The food at dinner was more Italian-American than Italian - huge portions of subpar pasta swimming in far too much sauce. My suggestion would be to pare the menu way down and make the items on there really shine. The space is lovely and the service friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Everything was excellent! Modesto is a favorite!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Exceptional evening at Trattoria with friends. The food was divine and the service was top notch. We had a large party and our wait staff was amazing. We will return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As usual, Hector doesn’t disappoint. Food amazing, service profesional. Always my favorite!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Modesto Trattoria turned out to be an excellent choice for an Easter Day lunch for our family. The menu had great choices for everyone including our vegetarian daughter. Our nine year-old grandson found something he was happy with, although we would have liked to see a childrens' menu. Service was very good and the dining environment was pleasant and conducive to conversation. The green tomato appetizer was attractive and delicious. Everyone's entrees were beautifully presented and very tasty. Servings were generous. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed 2 wonderful dinners here while vacationing in Asheville. Food and service were excellent, and we loved the small size and ambiance of Modesto. Whether you decide to try a delicious wood fired pizza or an interesting main entree I know you will love it!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We went at lunch and throughly enjoyed! My wife had margherita pizza. The crust was outstanding! I had a shrimp rigatoni dish with Parmesan cheese and spinach in a pesto sauce including 6 large and tasty shrimp prepared perfectly. FYI - the Mediterranean salads were huge. We should have split one. Also pizza is plenty for two.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Terrific food and service! Looking forward to dining outside. Unfortunately the cold air hits tables close to front door.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food was excellent, but the server really affected our enjoyment of the meal. He seemed to have a sour attitude from the beginning. When we were only half way through our appetizer he arrived with our main meals, ready to place them on top of our appetizer plates! We felt so rushed - and it was not appreciated at all. So much for a leisurely weekend night dinner. Because of this we would really hesitate before going back.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Caprese salad and grape leaves we're delicious! Salmon was excellent. Vegetable lasagne wasn't great. Seats close together.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We are locals. We go to Modesto at least every month. 4 weeks ago the manager changed. Last night, with another couple, we visited pre Symphony.

Ted was our waiter and was exemplary as usual.

However, the cocktails were not even mediocre, not the usual amount of volume, alcohol, or ingredient. We noted the manager mixing them. The Tuna and vegetables were cold and uneatable. We received our entree 70 minutes after entering the restaurant, concerned about making the Symphony.

We noted that the chef was not in the kitchen; a Saturday evening.

When discussing all of this we the manager, he simply said that he was new, didn’t understand and offered no solution or apology. Ted apologized on behalf. Ted was not the issue. Bill was not adjusted, entree not replaced.

This restaurant has slipped. It has been a long standing favorite. No longer.

It will be interesting to see if their courtesy has also slipped and if they respond.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent service and food! Great dining experience!!

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was a disappointing experience, particularly after the great reviews I had read. First, the tables are too close together, making normal conversation difficult. I ordered the seafood risotto which was completely overpowered by its sauce and was topped off by an icy cold lobster claw. It seemed as if the kitchen on this particular evening must have been overwhelmed by its prior successes.

The waiter was helpful but could not make up for the other shortcomings.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wow whoa where do I begin - me and my partner are vegetarians in the streets, pescatarians in the sheets so when our WONDERFUL server (Rachel?) recommended the fresh Lobster Ravioli we were OVERWHELMED with EXCITEMENT. It was our favorite pasta dish in quite some time and the chocolate soufflé was a mysterious and playful little dessert. We will be back for sure next visit

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed a great meal at Modesto. The pesto Shrimp was delicious and the chicken carbonara was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The pasta was perfect and the sauce flavor was delicious! Our desert was the apple bread pudding. Also great! Our server, Victoria, was exceptional. We’ll be back!

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