New businesses and restaurants bringing new flavors to West Asheville

ASHEVILLE – A new Italian restaurant with coffee and wine services is coming to West Asheville; two new businesses opened offering a taste of New York and Italy; and a local butcher makes it easy to process whole animals from farm to home.

Italian all day, all night

A seasoned Asheville restaurateur is celebrating milestones and a new beginning with a new restaurant and retail brand on the horizon.

Ten years ago, chef Anthony Cerrato opened Strada Italiano and Social Lounge, a downtown restaurant and cocktail bar, neighbors at 27 and 29 Broadway St.

Anthony Cerrato with some of his bread at Strada.

In May, Cerrato will unveil its new restaurant, Gemelli, at 70 Westgate Pkwy. in the Westgate Mall in West Asheville. Gemelli will open in the former Green Sage Café space next to EarthFare.

Gemelli is designed after Italian cafes and will cover a full day of meals with breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner service at the wine bar. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

“Gemelli’s menu is entirely different from what we serve at Strada and Social Lounge,” Cerrato said in a press release. “Our goal is to make it a gathering place where people can come any time of the day, whether they want an Italian coffee and pastry or a full pasta dinner with a good Montepulciano or another Italian wine. ”

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Diners will delight in gourmet Italian cuisine with homemade pasta and ravioli, antipasti and customizable Sicilian-style pizzas. Also, spiedini, which is described as skewers of meat and vegetables sandwiched between homemade focaccia. One of the signature pasta dishes takes the restaurant’s name – the Gemelli Fresca will be prepared with sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary, capers and candied lemon.

Sweet and savory Italian pastries will also be made on site. A few coffee items planned so far are the Maritozzi, which are Roman rolls filled with mascarpone, and glazed Italian donuts called Bombolone. Panettone Toast and Florentine Frittata are offered for breakfast and brunch.

The beverage program will feature an assortment of coffees, signature cocktails, local beers and wines.

Convenient take-out counter service and full service sit-down dining will be available. The newly renovated indoor dining room will accommodate up to 100 people with over 30 additional seating options on the patio.

Gemelli-branded food products are set to release later, allowing customers to purchase restaurant-packaged pastas and sauces for preparation at home. The retail area will include other local products and goods.

The name Gemelli refers to a twisted pasta style but also has a personal meaning for Cerrato. The word means ‘twins’ and is used for ‘Gemini’, which the leader chose to pay homage to his two-year-old twin daughters and his wife who falls under the astrological sign.

Gemelli’s website is under construction, but more details and updates will be available soon.

Now open: NY deli and Italian ice

Customers don’t have to wait for a bite to eat at two other locations that opened last week in Asheville.

Zella’s Deli opened at 48 College St. downtown and is the latest venture from chef Michael Reppert, of The Blackbird.

The New York-style deli with the slogan “hot rolls and tasty meat” offers pastrami on rye sandwiches, bagels, hot dogs, soup and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and split service 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information and updates, visit and follow on Instagram @zellasdeli.

Cameron Cramer, shift manager at Jeremiah's Italian Ice, prepares mango and vanilla gelati on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice opened its doors, in time for the warmer seasons, at 705 Merrimon Ave.

Hours are 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice offers over 40 flavors in its repertoire with over 20 available on its regular seasonal menu that rotates daily.

A few seasonal items to try are the blueberry lemonade and mango margarita, coming in May, said franchise owner Caitlin Olson.

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Soft ice cream is also available. A popular option is Gelati which combines ice cream and Italian gelato.

Through April 30, customers who download Jeremiah’s Italian Ice app and set their preferred location for “North Asheville” will be entered to win “Ice for a Year.” Three winners will be selected.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is growing rapidly, and the Asheville location is the company’s 50th franchise, bringing the number to 68 stores in seven states, according to the company. Nearly 45 additional stores are expected to open nationwide by the end of the year.

Olson told the Citizen Times that this is the first of a series of Italian Jeremiah’s Ice locations slated to open within the next two years.

“We had so many fun family memories there growing up. Hopefully we can bring the same atmosphere and environment here to Asheville where people can come and have fun and feast with friends or family,” Olson told Citizen Times. “People can come back and try a new product and hopefully fall in love with it as much as we do.”

To learn more about Jeremiah’s Italian ice cream, visit

butchery breakdown

Andrew Magazine is the mastermind behind Applied Anatomist, a concept that breaks down the art of butchery. This month, Magazine will host two interactive educational workshops that explain and demonstrate meat processing for the everyday home cook.

On April 16, Magazine will join forces with Christian Albrecht, chef/owner of Braised & Confit for a wood-fired cooking demonstration with tasting. Applied Anatomist: Pig Venting Class at Wonderland Hollow will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On April 20, join Magazine for Applied Anatomist: Sausage Making Class in Wonderland Hollow. Attendees will learn about “variations in breeds and cuts of pork, how diet/terroir influences culturally historical varieties of different sausages.” Next, Magazine will guide guests through the entire sausage-making process, “from origin to plate.”

Tickets for both events are $50 per person. Book for workshops by emailing [email protected] To learn more about Applied Anatomist, visit

Tiana Kennell is a food and gastronomy reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Help support this type of journalism by subscribing to the Citizen Times.

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