I recently ate dinner at Chiesa, a locals-only gem located in the Montford neighborhood of Asheville. If you are looking for an intimate and low key restaurant, I highly recommend adding Chiesa to your Asheville itinerary. It's a local style restaurant with home made pasta and they offer some of the best “pasta I’ve had “ANYWHERE”. Great sauces, excellent service & wonderful owners round out the experience. It's a must when visiting Asheville.
Tucked away in an unassuming blue and red house, Chiesa is a true neighborhood joint. The owners, Robert and Melissa Willingham, are seasoned restaurant owners from Baltimore who are in their third year living in Asheville. Of course, I can relate to them as a fellow entrepreneur and transplant!
Robert and Melissa Willingham play with the restaurants name throughout the dining experience. The Italian "chiesa" translates into "church." I particularly appreciated that the desserts are labeled "Amen" on the menu, the perfect ending to your service at Chiesa.
I highly recommend trying a fresh from scratch pasta paired with a Hickory Nut Gap meat, like the sweet Italian sausage with red pepper. Hickory Nut Gap is located just up the road, between Asheville and Lake Lure, and supplies our best restaurants with fresh farm-to-table meats. The Limoncello Marscapone Cake is a wonderful way to "say amen" and round out your evening. View their menu here to see their complete offerings (excluding daily specials).
If you are planning to dine at Chiesa, you must explore our Montford Historic District, which boasts some of the most beautiful residential streets in Asheville. I recommend parking along a side street and taking a leisurely stroll over to Chiesa to soak up the architecture and laid-back vibe.
Chiesa is located at 152 Montford Avenue, at the corner of Montford and Chestnut Avenues. Make a reservation here.