Asheville, North Carolina

About Us


About Us

Chiesa, church in Italian, is a venture by Robert and Melissa Willingham, seasoned restaurant owners from Baltimore who are in their fourth year living in Asheville. They were drawn to relocate to Asheville by the vibrant food and restaurant scene, along with the strong sense of community here. They felt that Asheville was the perfect setting for their opening a home-made pasta-centered, neighborhood -style Italian restaurant. Melissa, Robert and the chiesa staff just celebrated their 3rd year as your neighborhood gem in Montford.

Chiesa (pronounced kee-ay-sa) features recipes that Melissa learned from her family — what she calls honest food —- fresh, simple and using the best local ingredients from their farm neighbors. The restaurant has a menu that changes seasonally and frequently.

Melissa and Robert spent over a year searching for just the right location for chiesa, and were thrilled to find a perfect place in the Montford neighborhood.

Located at 152 Montford Avenue. At the corner of Montford and Chestnut Avenues. Open Daily for dinner 5 pm – 9 pm, reservations recommended.

Location & Hours

152 Montford Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 552-3110 (Directions)

Open Daily for dinner 5pm – 9pm


Click here to make a reservation.

For same day reservations made after 5pm, please call us at
(828) 552-3110.

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