Dinner at Renzo’s Ristorante in Hendersonville

We were invited recently to a soft opening at the new Renzo’s restaurant in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (The planned public opening is March 25th, so call now for reservations!)

Awning and Front Door at Renzos Restaurant, Hendersonville, NC

When I got the call inviting us to the soft opening, they said I could bring others so I asked two friends to join us. I’m glad I did, because we all had a wonderful time.

Renzo Maietto, Owner of Renzo's Ristorante, Hendersonville, NC

Maietto Renzo is originally from Italy, but he also spent 30 years designing and building beautiful homes in Florida before deciding to move to Hendersonville to open an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant in the former Mrs. G and Me’s location. The new Renzo’s offers delicious multi-course dinners in a sweet atmosphere…

Inside Renzo's Restaurant, Hendersonville, NC

Each couple started with an appetizer to share. My sweetheart and I had Insulata Caprese – Mozzarella Di Bufala, Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil with olive oil. It was perfect…

Renzo's Insalata Caprese Appetizer

Our friends had Beef Carpaccio – thin slices of beef tenderloin with shaved Parmesan cheese and arugula, and garnished with lemon. Great presentation and delicious…

Renzo's Beef Carpaccio Appetizer

For our first course, my sweetheart and I shared homemade Lasagna Della Donna, with meatballs, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. The noodles were homemade, super thin, and out of this world. I hope my grandmother doesn’t read my blog (God rest her soul) because these noodles were as good as hers…

Renzo's Lasagna Della Nonna

We made it easy on our server by ordering the same entrees for each couple to share.  Grilled Shrimp drizzled balsamic vinaigrette, with summer squash and roasted potatoes…

Renzo's Grilled Shrimp, Squash and Roasted Potatoes

…And Veal Saltimbocca with Prosciutto and sage, roasted potatoes, and spinach with golden raisins and pine nuts. It was fantastic…

Renzo's Veal Saltamboca

And finally, each couple shared a dessert. We had homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice, which had a super smooth and sweet ice cream like texture…

Renzo's Homemade Strawberry Ice Dessert

And a warm slice of fresh, rich (and deliciously sweet) Almond Cake…

Renzo's Almond Cake Dessert

(Each night since our dinner at Renzo’s I’ve been tempted to hop in the car and run down to Renzo’s for another slice of that Almond Cake!)

The staff at Renzo’s is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The combination of their spectacular food and great service will easily make Renzo’s one of the best restaurants in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (Possibly the best!) Renzo’s is located at 502 North Main Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina. For reservations (recommended) call 828-551-7766.

Outstanding Dinner at Marco Trattoria, Brevard

Picture Outside the Marco Trattoria Restaurant in Brevard, NC

Some friends told us they liked the Marco Trattoria restaurant in Brevard, so we planned a visit. We were glad we made a reservation because we didn’t realize it was the same night as the Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour

Brevard NC Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour

The Brevard Chamber of Commerce turned the quaint little town into a beautifully decorated scene straight from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, with carriage rides down luminaire-lit streets, singing, a Christmas tree lighting at the courthouse, pony and train rides, and lots of other activities.

From the moment we arrived at the Marco Trattoria restaurant, we had a great culinary experience. The dining area is casual and comfortable, with booths and tables…

Picture inside the Marco Trattoria Restaurant in Brevard, NC

The staff was exceptionally helpful and courteous. (I have no idea how they remember all the specials, let alone all the ingredients in them.) There were lots of choices, and they all sounded fantastic. We started with a basket of bread and Theros extra virgin olive oil with imported Parmesan cheese. It was addicting.

Theros Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Then we had a fantastic “Marco Salad” which had Arugula, more Theros EVOO, red sea salt, grilled lemon and goat cheese crostini. It was amazing. And large. So we shared it…

Marco Trattoria Salad

Both of our entrées were phenomenal. One was the special Chicken Roulade, stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese…

Marco Trattoria Chicken Roulade

The other was tender and delicious Veal Marsala with potato au gratin and asparagus…

Marco Trattoria Veal Marsala With potato gratin and asparagus

We asked for a bottle of the Marsala to take home, but I guess we’ll have to go back to enjoy it. We finished off our meal with dessert – Theros olive oil and Rosemary cake with roasted peaches and peach Gelato…

Marco Trattoria Peach Gelato and Cake Dessert

It sounded unusual, but it looked and tasted wonderful. Marco Trattoria restaurant is a gold mine, located just off the beaten path, at 204 West Main Street, Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Call 828.883.4841 for reservations.

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Sumptuous Dinner at Newman’s in Saluda, NC

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC
We were delighted with our dinner at Newman’s Restaurant in the gracious Orchard Inn, outside the quaint town of Saluda, NC. This was our second visit in the last few weeks…

Orchard Inn Has Several Gathering Area and a Large Cozy Fireplace

We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with a glass of wine by the warm and cozy fireplace…

Glasses of wine near the cozy fireplace at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

Here’s another photo of the massive stone fireplace at Newman’s Restaurant…

Big stone fireplace at Newmans' Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

After hors d’oeuvres we were escorted to our table with a great view of the mountains…

Table for two with a view, at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

The table setting was elegant and romantic…

Everything in its place at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

The atmosphere and service at Newman’s are spectacular. But the highlight of our visits were the meals. The innkeepers are also chefs and they have extensive backgrounds in preparing gourmet meals for guests. (Read their story here.) As a result, their guests come back to Newman’s (and the Orchard Inn) repeatedly to enjoy some of the best food in all of Western North Carolina. Both of our meals started with butternut squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and Austrian pumpkin seed oil, and a fresh salad of organic greens, cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, roasted sunflower seeds, and home made house dressing. Excellent…

Soup and Salad at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

For entrées one of us had crispy duck that was moist and savory…

Crispy Duck at Newman's in Saluda, NC.

…and Angus beef tenderloin with caramelized onions, vegetables and roasted potatoes…

Angus Beef Tenderloin at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

We tasted each others entrées, and we couldn’t decide who had the best one. They were both spectacular. For dessert, one of us had forest berry pie with vanilla ice cream, and the other had chocolate decadence pie (with Grand Marnier). They were both indescribably delicious…

Dessert at Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC.

A couple of weeks ago at Newman’s we celebrated our anniversary (for the second time) with another couple. The chef got wind of it and ta-DA… our apple cobbler dessert arrived as a sweet greeting card!

Anniversary Apple Cobbler at Newman's in Saluda, NC.

Now we have to go back for brunch. It’s served to both guests and anyone who makes a reservation. I understand it’s the one of the best in Western North Carolina. (Can’t wait!)

If you’re looking for a perfect dining experience for most any occasion, make a reservation at Newman’s. You’ll love the view, the hospitality, and the food. Take a look at the dinner menu here. For reservations and other information visit the Orchard Inn website here.

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