• Rachel Leslie

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Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant to be Joined by Opening of E’Terie, a Lobby-Level Restaurant and Bar  


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – May 18, 2023 – Soprana, a new restaurant located inside Downtown Asheville’s newest hotel – Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown – is slated to open in fall 2023. Perched on the hotel’s rooftop and boasting unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Soprana will be an Italian brick oven pizza restaurant with locally sourced ingredients and a curation of craft beer. E’Terie, the lobby-level restaurant and bar at Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown, is also slated to open fall 2023.


Soprana will feature products from local farmers, purveyors and brewers on seasonal menus. The approachable, yet unique menu designed by Philip Bollhoefer, Vice President of Food & Beverage, make Soprana an ideal option for family dinners, date nights and more. Brick oven pizzas will include classics and feature the ingredients of Western North Carolina and house-grown herbs. while additional menu items include shareable snacks, salads and Asheville-made charcuterie. The extensive list of curated local craft beer will feature brews from Asheville’s Burial Beer Co., Hi-Wire Brewing, Twin Leaf Brewery, Green Man Brewery, and more, while wine and cocktails with locally distilled spirits will round out the menu.


“The inspiration behind Soprana lies in the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains,” says Bollhoefer. “We wanted to feature the mountains throughout the restaurant’s design to create a space that felt as warm and inviting as the neighborhood we live in, while the menu shines a spotlight on the impressive ranchers, farmers, purveyors and makers in the Asheville food and beverage scene.”



Soprana will incorporate elements of Italian-inspired hospitality with its airy rooftop design that maximizes mountain views and afternoon light, ensuring that guests feel comforted and connected. Vintage, (formerly) coin-operated binocular viewers will adorn the rooftop terrace to give guests an even better glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and votive candles and strings of Edison bulbs will bring light and warmth to the space itself. Pothos plants will hang from bar shelving will be seamlessly integrated into the floorplan to create an effortless balance of casual and outdoorsy, yet upscale and romantic.


The casual, transportive atmosphere at Soprana, an Appalachia-meets-Alps restaurant, provides a laid-back rooftop experience for all guests, with a delicious menu worth visiting time and time again. It’s an approachable and occasion-worthy hangout spot for locals, an inventive, only-in-Asheville setting for visitors and an unexpected bonus for Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown guests.


In addition to the rooftop restaurant, E’Terie will also open in Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown, a full-service restaurant and bar located off the hotel lobby. Menu items will include bar bites and snacks, as well as a beverage list that features domestic and import beers, craft cocktails and wines from around the world.


Open daily for dinner, Soprana's hours will be 5-10 p.m., and E’Terie will be open from 4-11 p.m. daily. For more information, visit


About Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown 

Opening Fall 2023, the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown is conveniently located in the heart of the city and offers sweeping views of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The only full service, all-suites property in Asheville offers a clean and modern design complemented with raw and rustic elements, emphasizing the natural beauty of the surrounding mountain peaks and the destination’s innate aesthetic. The newly constructed hotel features 188 one-room and two-room guest suites designed to provide the comforts of home, with separate living areas and ample space for guests to enjoy. Additional in-room amenities include two high-definition televisions, a wet bar, a microwave and a mini-fridge; guests also enjoy daily complimentary breakfast and the nightly Embassy Suites evening reception with complimentary snacks and beverages. Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown features a business center, onsite parking, a ground-level year-round indoor pool, and a modern fitness center with premium equipment. The property also brings nearly 7,000 square feet of new event space to the downtown market, making it a premier destination for weddings, events and meetings. Two onsite restaurants add to the destination’s thriving culinary scene, including E’Terie, a full-service bar and casual dining option at the lobby level, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating, and Soprana, located on the rooftop with sweeping panoramic mountain views, and featuring locally sourced Italian cuisine and brick oven pizza with a robust selection of local craft beer. For more information, visit