Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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

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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

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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

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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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

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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

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: Tomatoes, Dreamstime

 

The Best Wine and Dine Experience in Raleigh

August 11th, 2014

MFT wine bottles MFT Wikipedia Vineyards Chianti RegionDid you know that Italy is the top five for the most popular international tourist destinations in the world? That is no surprise to Mia Francesca Trattoria, the North Hills restaurant that features the best Tuscany-Italian cuisine in the Triangle. We are located next to the landmark Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel in Midtown Raleigh. Our culinary focus is a fresh farm and sea to table daily menu that is so authentic that many of our guests are convinced they are dining in foothills of Northern Italy.

In the home country of Italy, Tuscany is one of the most popular regions for tourists, locals, fine wines and delicious food. Tuscany is a large region in the Northwest that features a varied landscape from the beautiful foothills and mountains to the tranquil seaside. It’s travel attractions include historic cities like Florence where the arts, great wines, and spectacular local foods are the cornerstone of what the area is all about, from the medieval hill towns to the beautiful countryside.

The Chianti Classico wine region in Tuscany, a popular Italian vacation destination, lies between the larger cities of Florence and Siena. The Chianti region has picturesque villages, wineries, and gorgeous landscapes.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers three delightful and unforgettable Chianti red wine selections from our wine list:

  • Castello Sinnino Chianti Riserva
  • Ruffino Chianti Reserva Tan Label (2010)
  • Amadeo Chianti (2010)

Montepulciano is a beautiful walled city in Tuscany, built on a sloping and narrow limestone ridge. Montepulciano has one of the most impressive main squares in Tuscany and has many beautiful Renaissance buildings. The wines produced here are phenomenal. Wine lovers here in Raleigh can enjoy our superb Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano (2010).

After choosing a fine wine tableside, please select one of our delectable appetizers. For lunch or dinner, we offer the tastiest authentic Italian pizza and most heavenly authentic Italian pasta. Complete your epicurean experience with one of our divine desserts including our Dessert Platter; it is filled with Executive Chef Zach’s selection of the day’s temptations to share with up to ten people. No matter how you slice it, we love pleasing our guests with true Italian fanfare.

As the lazy hazy days of summer slowly draw to a close, enjoy our outdoor eating area and spend some time with us contemplating the day and the season. Treat yourself to the best. Treat yourself to Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills!

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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

 

 

It’s August in the Triangle and the North Carolina Corn is Simply Amazing

August 4th, 2014

corn keerati fdpOur Northern Italian cuisine at Mia Francesca Trattoria serves fresh locally grown corn in a variety of delectable ways. Executive Chef Zack VanGaasbeek presents a wonderfully unique summer corn pizza as well as a palate pleasing pasta dish featuring the sweetest corn found in the Triangle. We are conveniently located at the North Hills exit 8 just north of the 440 Beltline in the heart of Mid-Town Raleigh. Our classically trained professional kitchen team creatively prepares a wide variety of incredibly delicious appetizers and entrees using farm fresh ingredients like our locally grown corn.

Wine and Italian fare go hand-in-hand with our outstanding corn dishes; Mia Francesca Trattoria offers these fine wine pairing suggestions.

Our oaky Chardonnay wine pairs well with all our corn dishes:

  • Trion 2010, Russian River, CA
  • Chamisal 2011, Central Coast, CA
  • Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2011, Burgundy, France

To start any warm and breezy August night out, Mia Francesca Trattoria has three outstanding corn appetizers on our menu. The Mais Risotto features savory Arborio rice, fresh corn, and roasted bell peppers with lemon, garlic, and basil. The Mais Bruschetta offers crunchy garlic toast, sweet corn, fresh goat cheese, roasted bell peppers, crispy Guanciale, and arugula. Our Fried Corn is au natural locally grown corn with Parmigiano, espellette, and truffle oil.

After enjoying our tempting summer seasonals as farm to table appetizers, try our new Summer Corn Pizza with garden fresh summer corn, Applewood smoked bacon, wild mushrooms, garlic, and mozzarella. If you are in the mood for unique pasta, our Fettuccine con Mais features fresh fettuccine, local sweet corn, Prosciutto di Parma, mushrooms, cracked black pepper, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. With either summer dish, our guests enjoy the taste experience.

Staying with the theme of sweetness and our scrumptious desserts, we recommend our Torta Bacio, a chocolate hazelnut mousse with cocoa nibs and chocolate crunch. To go with the dessert, try drinking one of our Italian Illy brand coffees including: Cappuccino, Espresso, Espresso Macchiato, Mocha-cino, and Café Latte. At Mia Francesca’s, make marvelous memories dining with the people you love!

 

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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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Savor the Excellence of Italian Wines in the Triangle

July 21st, 2014

foodiesfeed.com_2014-DSC_0012Wine aficionados love our authentic Italian wine selection at Mia Francesca Trattoria. Our restaurant is focused on being the best Italian restaurant in the Triangle. The Northern Italian fare experienced is a favorite of everyone who visits our convenient location in the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown in North Hills. With respect to our appealing wines, we emphasize the top two wine classifications in Italian wine labeling: DOCG and DOC. We only serve the finest wines available and combine it with our locally and fresh grown gourmet cuisine.

Let’s discuss the two distinctive acronyms involving wine quality and labeling:

DOCG is really the abbreviation for “Demonimazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” which translates from Italian as the highest quality first-class wines available. These superb wines must pass several taste tests before bottling. There are twenty DOCG wine regions in Italy:

  • Northeast—Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Friuli-Venezia
  • North and Northwest—Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Liguria, and Aosta Valley
  • Central—Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Molise
  • South—Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia

DOC is “Demonimazione di Origine Controllata” which translates to wines that are made grown based on the highest specific quality regulations. The Italian wine designations help to preserve the finest traditions unique to their respective regions. There are more than three-hundred DOC’s in Italy. As we all know, the country is famous for its beautiful and bountiful vineyards.

For trivia buffs, in Italy the name of each wine typically comes from the vineyard where it is harvested, but never the grape. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, our selective wine list is 100% pleasure and served with distinction. After your meal or appetizer in our bar, be sure to enjoy our heavenly desserts. We help make every guest have the warmest memories with each dining experience.

Do you have a large group? Our private dining areas accommodate for special events such as birthdays, wedding rehearsals, anniversaries, and bar/bat mitzvahs. For elegant fine dining in a rustic atmosphere, Mia Francesca Trattoria is the restaurant of choice in the Triangle. We welcome everyone to make a reservation and prepare to enjoy every moment!

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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

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July is National Culinary Arts Month!

July 14th, 2014

Mia PieCenturies ago, food used to be what people needed to survive. Over the recent decades, food has appreciated into an art driven by both looks and taste. Our award winning culinary chefs and kitchen staff at Mia Francesca Trattoria consistently serves the most delectable and eye-catching Italian cuisine in Raleigh and the Triangle. Alongside shopping, salons, theatres, and more at North Hills, our Northern Italian restaurant is located in Midtown Raleigh, the heart of the Central Carolina region. July is the month all of us can observe and appreciate the beauty of how Italian food brings friends, family, and coworkers together.

As thousands of people watch the Food Network and other related cable channels, they are learning about fine cooking and dining from a growing number of these television programs; in just the past few years, there has been a boom in appreciation of the culinary arts. Executive Chef Zack and his professional kitchen staff skillfully prepare meals that are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye.

For example, our very popular Meat and Cheese Board appetizer has Chef Zack’s selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie, olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini. With our scrumptious main courses, our guests have wide variety of savory choices, including our Lobster Cappellacci, which is Maine lobster filled with fresh pasta, spring peas, baby spinach, tarragon, and a delicious lobster cream sauce. Another excellent choice is our Fussilli con Pesto or corkscrew shaped pasta, basil pesto, fresh string beans, fresh mozzarella, and pine nuts. Mia Francesca is known for its authentic Tuscany Italian pizza like the Napoletana, which has fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan. This choice is one of the favorites in our lounge and bar area.

Finish every meal with one of our Dessert Platters, featuring assorted chef’s selections designed for sharing among and larger groups. Our Duo of Cannolis could be on the platter, and our cannolis come with a pistachio ricotta filling, chocolate chips, pistachio orange brittle, and a peanut butter mousse filling candied peanuts, and raspberry agrodolce. Be sure to end your Northern Italian experience with one of our many Italian Illy Coffee choices like Cappuccino, Espresso, Caramel Macchiato, and Mocha-cino.

July is the perfect time to visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. After all, it is Culinary Arts Month!

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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


 

Italian Cuisine is Love at First Bite

July 7th, 2014

Mia FrancescaRomantic Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Italy’s picturesque seaside villages, breathtaking country sides, lakes, and historic cities are full of gorgeous surroundings and views. While Mia Francesca Trattoria is located in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills, our fine Italian cooking and ambiance transports our guests to an authentic Italian experience that shares the heart of Northern Italy. When they take their first taste, it is love at first bite.

Our trained professional chefs, like our Head Chef Zach, teach that it is all about the quality and freshness of the delicious ingredients that are used. One of our visitor’s favorites is Fagiolini Insalata, with farm-to-table fresh string beans, outstanding onions, and tasty tomatoes. It is delicious as well as in true Italian in green, white, and red colors.

A conversation involving Italian food and culture must always include the love of fine wine. We offer three recommended Italian red wines to enjoy along with a fantastic Mia Francesca meal pairing:

  • Villa Girardi Amarone: produced in the northern Veneto region near Venice pairs well with our Filletto con Patate—grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary potatoes, fennel gratin, and garlic herb butter
  • Chiarlo “Totoniano” Barolo Nebbiolo: made in the Lange Hills of the Piedmont, is a perfect accompaniment to our Shrimp e Piselli Risotto which features Arborio rice, gulf shrimp, spring peas, asparagus, lemon, garlic, basil, and pea shoots
  • Castello Sinnino Chianti Riserva: produced in Tuscany, in central Italy near Florence, is one of the most well-known Italian wines in the world; it pairs nicely with our Spaghetti alla Bolognese which masterfully combines beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we do the gourmet Italian cooking so our guests can enjoy the experience right beside their special someone. Now that’s amore! After all, what is better than love at first bite?

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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

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