Mia Francesca Trattoria

Restaurant Raleigh
4100 Main at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-278-1525

Savor the Triangle’s Tastiest Thanksgiving Day Feast Right Here in Raleigh

October 27th, 2014

thanksgiving tradition turkeyEveryone here in the Triangle loves turkey. It is the historic Thanksgiving staple on every North Carolina table. At the very first Thanksgiving in 1621, it was one of the only meats readily available and plentiful enough to provide continuous meals for the event that lasted several days. The Pilgrims and Puritans and the local peoples celebrated the rich bountiful harvest produced near Plymouth (now present day Massachusetts).

Speaking of traditions, 2014 is the 70th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade that always, very surprisingly, happens on the Saturday before Thanksgiving each and every year in Downtown Raleigh. 65,000 people from across the Triangle around the 1.4 mile parade route will be cheering and looking for Santa Claus. There is time that Saturday to watch the 2.5 hour morning parade which starts at 9:40 a.m. and then dine with us for lunch or dinner on the way home. You can discuss which floats were the best while enjoying our delicious, farm fresh weekend cuisine.

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we offer a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Buffet on the holiday itself, Thursday November 27. This is our annual Thanksgiving Day Feast here at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh and the harvest is plentiful and the celebration all day from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

All the time-honored fresh holiday fixings will be present in our Thanksgiving Day Buffet:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed North Carolina Sweet Potatoes
  • Traditional Stuffing
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Braised Turkey Leg, Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Honey Baked Ham

We have it all!

Our Thanksgiving Day Buffet also features a wonderful Fresh Fruit Display as well as our farm to table Mixed Seasonal Vegetables.

Mia Francesca Trattoria also presents:

  • Autumn Salad: mixed greens, local apples, pears, candied walnuts, goat cheese, apple cider vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad: hearts of romaine, garlic croutons, shave Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Antipasti Display: imported cheeses, charcuterie, marinated artichoke hearts, seasonal jams, spiced pecans, and herbed crostini roasted bell peppers

Of course, we are a Northern Italian restaurant, and pasta lovers will enjoy our Pasta con Mozzarella with penne pasta, tomato basil sauce, parmesan, and fresh mozzarella; as well as our Pasta con Pollo with grilled chicken, penne pasta, pine nuts, and a smooth basil cream sauce. Dessert lovers will love our almost countless divine dessert selections! Let Mia Francesca do the cooking and cleaning so making precious holiday memories with family and friends are easier than ever.

Make your Thanksgiving reservation today so all of the family and long-time friends can come to Raleigh and enjoy the North Hills Holiday experience! Call us today!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Enjoy the Finest Thanksgiving Buffet in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills

October 20th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-thanksgiving-still-life-image17078238The holidays will be here in the Triangle before we realize it, and it is time to make those reservations for our annual traditional and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Mia Francesca Trattoria! This Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, let Executive Chef Zack and his professional staff do all the food preparation and presentation, so the entire family can enjoy, relax and converse surrounded by fantastic holiday fare and decoration. How about no cooking and no cleaning this holiday? Entertaining has never been any easier for the best family get-together day of the year!

Although most people love turkey at Thanksgiving, we also added a holiday mountain of delectable options in our special buffet, including all the finest for both lunch and dinner:

  • Pasta con Mozzarella: Penne pasta, tomato basil sauce, parmesan, and fresh mozzarella
  • Pasta con Pollo: Grilled chicken, penne pasta, pine nuts, and a smooth basil cream sauce
  • Salmon con Porri: Pan-seared Atlantic salmon, leeks, wild mushrooms, and farm fresh chopped tomatoes
  • Honey Baked Ham: Country ham with maple, brown sugar, honey, and Dijon

Did you know that the number one agricultural industry in North Carolina is poultry production. Last year, North Carolina produced nearly 1.18 billion pounds of turkey! That is a lot of bird and a lot of tradition.

Our unique Thanksgiving Day Buffet offers among so many others:

  • Braised Turkey Leg: slow-simmered turkey leg meat, turkey juice, and sage
  • Roasted Turkey Breast: with lemon, rosemary, thyme, and garlic

North Carolinians are also proud to know that sweet potato is most plentiful in our state. We offer home-made farm to table Mashed Local Sweet Potatoes and traditional holiday Mashed Potatoes.

Taste our other classic Thanksgiving side dishes as well:

  • Traditional Stuffing: with corn bread, brioche, bacon lardons, leeks, and poultry juice
  • Green Bean Casserole: with wild mushrooms, cream sauce, and frazzled onions
  • Cranberry Sauce: farm fresh cranberries, citrus, and simple syrup

Save room for our divine desserts like Pecan Pie Bars, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Tiramisu. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving this year. Make reservations today for our Thanksgiving Day Buffet! It is the day to enjoy all of our made from scratch traditions, and all the Northern Italian classics.

Mia Francesca is located just 20 minutes from everywhere in the heart of Midtown Raleigh at North Hills. Our Tuscany Italian restaurant is open for Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Turkey Day 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving North Carolina!

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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NC Apples Create a Locally Grown Farm Fresh Menu in Midtown Raleigh

October 13th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-apple-harvest-image21611353October is National Apple Month across the U.S.A. and autumn is always a fun time for cider mills, N.C. apple picking, apple tours, corn mazes and hayrides down the orchard farm trails. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we offer a variety of delectable dishes that include our North Carolina apple or feature its apple flavors. Whether dining with us for brunch, lunch, dinner, or even Halloween weekend; we are the finest Northern Italian restaurant in the Triangle. Mia Francesca is centrally located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh alongside the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills by Marriott and we are near boutiques, movie theaters, quaint shops and an array of local retail environments to walk to and enjoy.

From our weekend brunch menu, we offer Breakfast Americana: two eggs (any style), applewood smoked bacon, Italian sausage, house-fried potatoes, ciabatta toast, and fresh fruit. Our brunch menu is always available from 10 a.mm until 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

When visiting for lunch while shopping or during your work day, stop in and enjoy our seasonal Autumn Salad with fresh sliced apples, pears, gorgonzola, candied walnuts and mixed greens; everything is flavored with our delicious apple cider vinaigrette. Keeping with the October apple theme during dinner, try our absolutely incredible Costoletta di Maiale, which features a cider glazed pork chop, sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts, pancetta, and caramelized onions with fresh apple juices.

Now, what dessert does Mia Francesca Trattoria recommend tasting during National Apple Month? None other than our Apple Crostata with locally grown Granny Smith apples buried in a flaky pastry crust that is always served warm with tasty vanilla gelato, caramel, and vanilla crème anglaise.

Remember to find the opportunity to delight in our fine wine selection. In honor of National Apple Month, feel free to select one of our superb red or white wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of our red wines and Chardonnay is the most popular of our white wines.

Lastly, it is soon the time for the holiday season and the holidays are about spending time with loved ones. Let our Iron Chef Zack and his team of kitchen professionals does all the work. When you celebrate Thanksgiving Day with us (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday November 27th), have a slice of our savory Apple Pie.

Any time is the right time to dine at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Finding the Best Desserts in the Triangle is Simply Divine

October 6th, 2014

MFT Cannolis 10-14 1Did you know that October is National Dessert Month?  At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we serve a variety of Italian desserts all year long!  When enjoying our menu of delicious desserts, our guests adore their fresh homemade taste.  Located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh, Mia Francesca, a Tuscany Italian restaurant is adjacent  to shopping and many things to do here in the Capital City.

The following are four of our incredibly delectable desserts:

  • Affogato is our Illy Espresso, drowned in vanilla gelato and arrives tableside with Amaretti Biscotti (almond-flavored twice-baked oblong crunchy biscuits).
  • Apple Crostata (an Italian baked tart) comes with local farm fresh Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served with warm vanilla gelato, caramel, and vanilla crème anglaise.
  • Duo of Cannolis (from the singular “canolo”) features a pistachio ricotta filling, chocolate chips, and pistachio orange brittle with a peanut butter mousse filling candied peanuts and raspberry agrodolce (sweet and sour sauce).
  • Gelati (Italian ice cream) comes in the following flavors: white chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and Bacio (chocolate and hazelnut).

More of our divine desserts from our tasty kitchen:

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake comes with a cinnamon almond crust, pumpkin spiced latte filling, amaretto crème anglaise, caramel, praline streusel, and whipped cream.
  • Salted Caramel Budino (Italian word for pudding or custard) features chocolate cookie crumbles, vanilla Bavarian cream, salted caramel, candied peanuts, and whipped cream.
  • Sorbetti (frozen dessert) choices include raspberry, lemon, and mango.
  • Tiramisu (Italian for “pick me up”) lives up to its name! Enjoy espresso and kahlua soaked ladyfingers with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder.
  • Torta Bacio (Italian tortilla) comes filled with chocolate-hazelnut mousse with cocoa nibs and chocolate crunch.

Our Dessert Platters feature assorted Chef Zack selections created for sharing with up to ten people.  Make dessert your 4th meal of the day and savor a sweet ending to the business grind. Mia Francesca captures every heart and taste bud with our unique cravings. It is what delicious legends are made of each and every day.

Finally, everyone loves our soothing Illy brand coffees that include: Cappuccino, Espresso, Caramel Macchiato, Mocha-cino, and Café Latte. Any time is a great time for coffee!  Join us today!

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Congratulations from all of us at Mia Francesca Trattoria go out to our Executive Chef Zack VanGaasBeek who won the People’s Choice Award at the 2nd Midtown Farmer’s Market Iron Chef Challenge Competition! Now he really is in a league of his own! 

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: Mia Francesca Trattoria

Look for Classic Italian Favorites & the Iron Chef Challenge!

September 22nd, 2014

Apps MFT Meat and Cheese BoardFor the people who love food, live in the Triangle and surrounding regions, and are feeling nostalgic for the classic Italian cuisine we have all seen on television and in Hollywood movies; they should look no further than Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown Raleigh. We serve our meals and appetizers as “come hungry” portions delivered tableside by smiling faces with our unique Northern Italian Tuscany twist! The only thing missing is Mom, and she is welcome as well!

Our classic, tried and true Italian starters include our well received Calamari Fritti; fried calamari served with a spicy marinara sauce. Everyone has to try our Bruschetta alla Romana, which features marinated tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil melted over crisp homemade garlic toast. Our Meat and Cheese Board is another wonderful favorite we have all seen at the dinner table in an array of old movies, and our Executive Chef Zack selects just the right artisan cheese and charcuterie along with the plump olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini.

For those in the mood for a farm fresh salad, everyone enjoys our definitive Caesar Salad with its fresh hearts of romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers. After appetizers and salad, get ready for one of our classically pleasing dinner entrees.

Our authentic Italian pizza looks and tastes so much better that the ones on T.V. We offer a half dozen types of pizzas, including our Napoletana with arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan.

We also offer our guests the option of choosing their own pizza toppings, which include these fresh vegetables:

  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichoke
  • Spinach
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Roasted Peppers
  • Eggplant

Our meats and cheeses make the pizza pie classically delicious:

  • Sausage
  • Meatballs
  • Anchovy
  • Goat cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Mozzarella
  • Swiss
  • Fontina

 

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we are all about perfecting the classics. In addition to our Italian pizza, another classic Italian dish is probably the most recognizable of all! Our Spaghetti and Meatballs in a delicious tomato basil sauce is one to remember.

Our Pollo al Parmesan has breaded chicken breasts, tomato basil sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and Linguini agil e olio. And the newest gluten-free classic Italian choice is our Penne Aglio Olio with Quinoa gluten-free penne sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, diced tomatoes, and sautéed spinach.

In the heart of the Triangle at North Hills, we are your rustic Italian restaurant of choice. Our classic Italian cuisine is divine. We should make a movie!

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Join us for the 2nd annual Iron Chef Challenge at the Midtown Farmers’ Market this Saturday! Last year was a huge success and reigning champ, Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek of Mia Francesca, is back again!

Chefs from the following restaurants will compete live Saturday, September 27th from 9-11:30 am on the Commons at North Hills!

CHALLENGERS:

Chef Zack is back!

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Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: Mia Francesca Trattoria

 

 

The Best Brunch Menu in the Triangle

September 15th, 2014

Brunch-Salads-Raleigh-NCDuring this lovely late summer season, Mia Francesca Trattoria welcomes our guests to enjoy our bountiful Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our popular brunch menu brings people from all over to enjoy this wonderful experience. We also feature fine farm to table daily selections for lunch and dinner as well.

Our delicious Frittata Saltimbocca is quite a mouthful to say, yet totally worth requesting every time for our Brunch. This Italian dish at Mia Francesca Trattoria is incredibly delightful. Frittata in Italian roughly translates to “egg-cake” and complementing the baked frittata style eggs are farm fresh vine ripe tomatoes, fontina, and arugula. Saltimbocca translates from Italian to English in a fun way as “jumps in the mouth” (meaning your taste buds awaken to its amazing flavors) and it includes our prosciutto and fresh sage. A creamy basil hollandaise covers this delightful meal.

Our quenching brunch drinks include seasonal libations, fresh juices, and milk. With any of our tasty brunch selections, we offer a variety of savory side dishes:

  • Ciabatta Toast
  • Bacon (cooked how you like it)
  • Italian Sausage
  • Two Eggs (Any Style)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • House Fried Potatoes
  • Cheesy Polenta
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Fluffy Pancakes

Our Brunch menu extends beyond traditional breakfast to include homemade salads, pizza, pasta, and Panini. Crisp, fresh salads like our wonderful Caesar Salad or our Piselli Insalata which shows off our farm-fresh pea pods, tomatoes, and cucumbers are a great part of brunch. Many of our guests enjoy our authentic Italian Salsiccia Pizza with fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and mozzarella. Savor our classic Spaghetti and Meatballs in an authentic Italian tomato basil sauce; it is a true favorite. Finally, try our delicious Pollo Parmesan Panini with breaded chicken breast, tomato basil sauce, and shredded mozzarella on toasted ciabatta bread along with fries. With so much to choose from, including $ 3 Mimosa/ Bellini and our mouthwatering Calamari, we make the weekend an epicurean delight for everyone who visits and enjoys.

All of our guests agree that Mia Francesca’s is the place to be! Join us here in North Hills soon. We are just off the Raleigh Beltline at exit 8B, Six Forks North (North Hills); 20 minutes from anywhere here in the Triangle. As we get closer to fall, it soon will be the best time of year to see the changing colors across the Triangle and here in Raleigh. Our rustic Tuscan-Italian restaurant is centrally located with shops, boutiques, and a movie theater at the expansive North Hills in Midtown Raleigh.

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: Mia Francesca Trattoria North Hills Midtown Raleigh

Good Times Always Mushroom Here in the Triangle

September 8th, 2014

CarpaccioDid you know that the month of September is National Mushroom Month? At Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, our award winning kitchen, led by the reigning local Iron Chef, Zachary Van Gaasbeek places selected farm fresh mushrooms into several of our delicious gourmet Northern Italian meals.

Many guests start out their Tuscany Italian dining experience with our captivating Carpaccio appetizer, featuring thinly sliced sirloin using capers, tomatoes, mushrooms, lemon, olive oil, arugula, endive, radicchio, and Parmigiano. The name of this Italian dish has quite a history, coming about for the first time in Venice around 1950 during a special exhibition for the famous Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio, who characteristically used red and white tones in his artwork.

Our very popular and palate pleasing Pollo e Pancetta presents pan-seared farm-fresh chicken breasts and roasted potatoes combined with a delicious pancetta mushroom Marsala sauce.

Our savory and unique Salmon Asparagi entrée features fresh grilled salmon, crab, wild mushrooms, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, white wine, garlic, balsamic, and lemon. Our fabulous Fettuccine con Mais offers fresh fettuccine pasta with fresh, local sweet corn, Prosciutto di Parma (dry cured ham), farm fresh mushrooms, cracked black pepper, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

Mushrooms bring such wonderful flavor to a variety of dishes that everyone enjoys. One of our favorites is a Mia Francesca Trattoria classic suggestion that comes with fresh morel mushrooms. These special mushrooms have an intense, nutty, and earthy flavor that is absolutely heavenly when accompanied with our beef entrees. Our full-flavored Filetto con Spugnole is a special blend of grilled beef tenderloin, fresh morel mushrooms, spring onions, potatoes, grilled asparagus, and herb butter.

Because many varieties of mushrooms are cultivated all year round, we continue to place them in an array of new and delicious offerings that please every one of our visitors here in Midtown Raleigh. They are an excellent source of B vitamins and a good source of potassium. Finally, fresh mushrooms are a healthy, low-calorie food eaten cooked, raw, or served as a garnish to decorate a dish and platter. We love the value they bring to our Northern Italian presentations.

With our rustic atmosphere and our great service, Mia Francesca satisfies all of our guests with a true Italian experience. Bring family and friends to North Hills and enjoy the good times together. We are conveniently located, just 20 minutes from anywhere in the Triangle in North Hills, just off 440, adjacent to the landmark Renaissance hotel. If you want the freshest of ingredients, reasonable prices, and a comfortable and unique setting, stop in and visit us here in Midtown Raleigh. Let us take care of you!

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Looking for a great brunch in Raleigh? Come enjoy the best brunch Raleigh has to offer!

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Let’s Celebrate California Wine Month in the Triangle

September 2nd, 2014

PrintWith the relaxing Labor Day weekend behind all of us, it is time to shift gears and find something new to celebrate that will be longer than just three days. We at Mia Francesca have great news for wine lovers in the Triangle. September is the tenth anniversary of California Wine Month. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we are proud of our fabulous U.S.A. home grown wine list, which includes a superb selection of wines from the Golden State of California.

With more than 100 varieties of grapes home grown in California, there are almost 4000 local wineries located as far north as the Oregon border and as far south as San Diego covering more than 700 miles of vineyard country. It is interesting to note that if California was its own country, it would be the fourth largest wine producer in the world.

California grapes have been produced for almost 250 years, combining art, tradition, innovation and wonderful flavor. These sun-soaked vineyards account for nearly ninety percent of the American wine production. California’s sustainable wine growing and wine making practices preserve the lands for future generations and contribute to the highest wine quality available. Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills Midtown Raleigh, offers California wines from Sonoma, the Central Coast, Napa Valley and Santa Barbara.

Here are four wines that we proudly serve from the famous Napa Valley of California’s North Coast:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Vellum 2009: with tastes of currant, blueberry, pepper, and oak, medium body, nice lingering finish
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Newton 2009: red and black cherry and currant on the nose and palate; good minerality, acidity; medium body, intensity
  • Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2009:  fruit, floral and spicy characteristics, backed by refined tannins and balancing acidity, bold yet restrained, velvety
  • Pine Ridge Chenin Viognier 2012: crisp, light, fruity, nice texture, medium palate, clean finish

These full-bodied wines pair very well with our wonderful Bruschetta alla Romana: fresh garlic toast and marinated tomatoes with rich mozzarella and olive oil. Enjoy them with our Heirloom Tomato-Pesto Pizza as well. For a true Tuscany Italian experience, no wine goes better with our locally famous and ever popular Spaghetti and Meatballs experience. Finally, our Filetto con Spugnola is one of our center stage entrées and can be paired very nicely with California Carbernet: this dish features deliciously grilled beef tenderloin, morel mushrooms, spring onions, potatoes, and grilled asparagus with herb butter.

Whether you are in the mood for the finest of wines or one our expertly made libations, every guest will certainly enjoy gourmet and authentic Italian cuisine. Make your reservations for a dining experience to remember fondly with every visit.

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CaliforniaWineMonthLogo2014_1500x1416.jpg

 

Our Northern Italian Gluten-Free Menu Is Overflowing with Natural Flavor

August 25th, 2014

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Mia Francesca Trattoria of North Hills in Midtown Raleigh serves fantastic farm and sea fresh food to every single one of our guests. At the same time we know that some of our guests might be sensitive or allergic to gluten. Gluten is the protein found in the grains wheat, rye, barley, and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). We can assure all of our guests that we now offer a completely gluten-free menu for their needs. Our executive chef team prepares an array of gluten-free authentic Tuscany-Italian cuisine that is always full of aroma and wonderful flavor.

For many people in the Triangle who embrace a gluten-free diet, Mia Francesca offers a wide variety of delightful choices for those seeking a true gluten-free meal.

Here is a sampling of the appetizers from our delicious gluten-free menu:

  • Spinaci aglio e olio: sautéed baby spinach, fresh garlic, olive oil, and lemon
  • Carpaccio: thinly sliced sirloin with capers, tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, lemon, olive oil, arugula, endive, radicchio, and Parmigiano

Since most fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten free, we offer a nice variety of farm fresh salads including:

  • Piselli Insalata: pea pods, tomato, cucumber
  • Insalata ala Francesca: hearts of romaine, endive, radicchio, blue cheese, and summer vegetables

All of our gluten-free pasta dishes contain quinoa, a healthy grain that is high in protein, high in fiber, and free of gluten.

Our quinoa gluten-free penne pasta entrees include:

  • Penne alla Bolognese: beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Penne alle Verdure: sautéed with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, escarole, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts

It is important to note that our guests can always finish dinner with the flavor-rich, gluten-free dining experience of our Crème Alle Vaniglia, vanilla crème brulee served with fresh seasonal berries; or try our Frutta in Vaso dessert, seasonal fruit topped with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Mia Francesca Trattoria makes it easy for our guests to select the right meals from our flavorful gluten-free menu!

Stop by for the Labor Day Weekend or make your reservations today for that special anytime!

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/t/gluten-free-37735840.jpg

4 Ways Fresh North Carolina Heirloom Tomatoes are Served Italian Style

August 18th, 2014

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Back in the 1500’s, Italians started growing tomatoes for their raw and natural beauty. Typically found in flower beds in their earliest history, there are several delicious varieties grown today, all known for their intense flavor and each one carrying interesting names such as the Italian Pear and the Pantanara. Here in North Carolina, our delicious garden grown tomatoes are just as tasty and superb as their cousins in Italy.

As everyone knows in the Triangle, Mia Francesca Trattoria selects only the freshest of ingredients for every one of our entrees, appetizers and desserts. Here in August as we approach the Labor Day weekend, we offer four late summer menu choices that feature our North Carolina grown farm fresh heirloom tomatoes.

Our Northern Italian restaurant, nestled in the very popular North Hills section of Midtown Raleigh, is very easy to locate and visit. We pride ourselves for our culinary excellence as one of the best Tuscany Italian restaurants in the Triangle. We are also very proud members of the Got to Be NC Agriculture Program. As members of the prestigious program, we support our local North Carolina growers and deliver that promise of farm to table freshness to each and every guest.

Here are four summer themed entrees sure to make everyone smile and enjoy:

  • Our Insalata Panzanella is tastefully showcased with juicy heirloom tomatoes, along with red onion, arugula, herbed croutons, red wine vinaigrette, basil, fresh mozzarella, and aged balsamic. Our guests love this classically natural Italian salad.
  • Our Halibut Panzanella features pan seared halibut, heirloom tomatoes, red onions, herbed croutons, arugula, red wine vinaigrette, basil, and Saba. This is another palate pleasing Mia Francesca Trattoria meal surrounded with fresh tomatoes.
  • Our Heirloom Tomato-Pesto Pizza is an authentic Italian pizza with local farm fresh tomatoes, basil pesto, garlic, oregano, Parmigiano, olive oil, and sea salt. It is interesting to note that Pesto is a definitive Italian sauce that originated from Genoa in the Liguria region of Northern Italy.
  • Our Heirloom Tomato Panino presents Italian ciabatta bread cut horizontally and filled with fresh local heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, applewood smoked bacon seasoned with basil, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon aioli. Our guests really enjoy our satisfyingly earthy Italian Panini.

We recommend pairing any of our tomato-themed selections with a Pinot Grigio Italian wine. We offer Le Macine or Ca’ Stella, both complementary wine choices come from Veneto, Italy. Make your reservations today to enjoy our farm fresh heirloom tomatoes in one of these divine dishes at Mia Francesca Trattoria.

From all of us to all of you: “Molto delizioso” in Italian means “very delicious”! Stop in and find out why our guests love Mia Francesca!

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Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: Tomatoes, Dreamstime