Sure, you can certainly stay within Blue Ridge city limits for your meals, and you’ll have no regrets. But there’s this town a couple of miles away called Morganton, and you definitely want to visit there. Why? Because Chef Danny Mellman is there. Mellman cut his teeth in England, France and Italy, then made a name for himself in the Northeast and Florida. Deciding a slower paced life was more his speed, he moved to Blue Ridge. Lucky them!
The quality of the food here is top notch. Even simple things like salads and charcuterie plates shine here. Bresaola, Prosciutto, and Mortadella were all eloquently represented. The highlight of dinner was the double portion of veal shanks (for two). Cucina Rustica is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.