Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

What Makes Northern Italian Cuisine So Popular in the Triangle?

March 23rd, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-coliseum-italian-flag-image7768095The aromas, the ambiance, and the bold, fresh flavors of excellent Italian fare bring people together for the great food and the good times. Here in the Triangle, the perfect place is always nearby, just minutes from everywhere. It’s time to step into Northern Italy and the welcoming doors of Mia Francesca.

Mia Francesca Trattoria’s Tuscany Italian cuisine represents every traditional family value found in the Mother Country of Italy. It is an historic fact that Italian cooking over the centuries has reflected the true spirit of Italian life and culture; the food is both unique and very special. At Mia Francesca, we focus on recipes that remind us of the famous Tuscany Region of Italy; from the small villages in the foothills where our farm to table menu gets its inspiration, to the Italian people themselves; who have helped us create the culinary masterpieces offered by our professional chefs each and every day.

Our Italian food is unpretentious, yet delicious with many or our presentations having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooking can taste delightful without being complicated or over done with spices and sauces. Our menu has an epicurean elegance based on simplicity, vibrant subtleties, and variety. Our expansive menu always features new dishes as well, often on a daily basis.

In general, Italy is a diverse country boasting an equally diverse cuisine. Italian food is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of taste, and it is probably the most popular in the world, with a multitude of influences abroad. Here in the Triangle at Mia Francesca, Italian cuisine can be enjoyed by everyone, not just people of Italian heritage. Simplistic variety makes the difference.

Our talented kitchen staff, led by our Executive Chef Zach prepares everything with the focus on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Italian cooking at Mia Francesca places the highest priority on the use of fresh, seasonal produce which distinguishes the true cuisine of Italy.

Here are just five of our most popular Italian dishes at Mia Francesca Trattoria:

  • Bruschetta alla Romana: garlic toast, marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil
  • Caesar Salad: hearts of Romaine, garlic, croutons, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers
  • Naplotena Pizza: arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved parmesan
  • Spaghetti alla Bolognese: beef, veal, and pork meatballs, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tiramisu: espresso and Kahlua soaked lady fingers with lightly sweetened marscapone cream and cocoa powder

Our Northern Italian cuisine includes some of the most wonderful meals in the Triangle. While Italian cooking may have long been considered mainstream here in the United States, not all local restaurants serve true Italian cuisine. Mia Francesca Trattoria is proud to stay true to our Italian roots. It is what we are each and every day. A great value and a great experience make our rustic Northern Italian restaurant a great place to enjoy time and again.

We always focus on our roots. What was perfected in Italy is brought to the Triangle for each and every guest! Take the moment and walk through our front doors into Northern Italy.

Join us for our Easter Brunch and Buffet on Easter Sunday, April 5th! Call us today for your reservations.

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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: Dreamstime,  7768095, freedigitalphotos.net

 

Join Us and Celebrate Easter in the Triangle with our Brunch and Buffet

March 16th, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-happy-easter-eggs-tulips-tag-wooden-background-image38512845Spring has sprung in Raleigh, and with the warmth of the new season, Mia Francesca Trattoria welcomes warmer weather and everyone’s upcoming favorite bunny holiday. Here in the Capital City of Raleigh, our rustic Northern Italian restaurant is hosting its annual Brunch Buffet on Easter Sunday. Located in Midtown Raleigh, Mia Francesca is near the 440 Beltline and Six Forks nestled among elegant shops and boutiques in the heart of North Hills.

Our culinary team and our professional staff are pleased to announce that our delicious Easter Lunch and Brunch Menu will be offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 5th. As always, we  offer farm fresh North Carolina grown items on our Easter menu that delights everyone who enjoys.  

Start your Easter Buffet with an array of our fresh made from scratch salads. Enjoy our locally popular Caesar Salad or our crisp Mixed Green Salad featuring our Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Our Caprese Salad contains vine ripe tomatoes, fresh farmhouse mozzarella, garden-fresh basil, and Italian olive oil.

Our delicious Smoked Salmon Display features our delicious Smoked Salmon, the smoothest of sieved eggs, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and house baked mini bagels. Everyone loves our Italian “Deviled Eggs” prepared just right with fresh basil, castelvetrano olives and paprika. Our Executive Chef Zack knows no one can eat just one!

Mia Francesca offers several more delectable “starter” brunch selections including:

  • Italian “Deviled” Eggs
  • Fabulous Fresh Fruit
  • Gulf Shrimp Cocktail
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Authentic Italian Sausage
  • Scrumptious Scrambled Eggs
  • Splendid Spring Frittata
  • Vanilla Bean French Toast

Mia Francesca Trattoria presents two tender pasta dishes for our Easter Brunch as well. Our Pasta di Verdure comes with mixed fresh seasonal vegetables, penne pasta, tomato basil sauce, and parmigiano. Our Pasta Pollo Bianca features tender sliced chicken breast, penne pasta, Alfredo cream sauce, basil, and parmigiano.

Our mouth-watering and palate-pleasing Easter Sunday entrees include:

  • Salmon Carciofi: pan seared salmon, artichoke hearts, wild mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, cannellini beans, balsamic, lemon
  • Pollo Marsala: pan seared chicken breasts, wild mushrooms, Marsala wine, chicken jus
  • Lamb Shoulder: slow roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary, garlic, and lamb jus
  • Garlic and Thyme Marinated Prime Rib: sliced to order prime rib, horseradish cream, and natural jus

Enjoy a sweet finish to Easter Brunch with one of our holiday family inspired desserts. We offer every dessert house-made and quick to table! Enjoy seasonal fruit tarts, Tiramisu, assorted Cannoli’s, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Petit Fours, Raspberry Chocolate Mousse, Italian Easter Cake, and Assorted Cookies.

Spend the holiday right here in Midtown Raleigh and join us on Sunday April 5th for our traditional Easter Brunch; enjoy a great buffet that offers savory focus on fresh Tuscany Italian fare. It always brings family and friends together. We have the perfect location and ambiance to spend the morning or afternoon enjoying a relaxing and stress free Easter Brunch; combine that with great camaraderie, food and drink, and it is the Easter to remember.

We are excited to offer an expansive spring holiday menu that pleases everyone from Mom and Dad to the little ones who, under age 5, eat for FREE!

With outside seating, service excellence, and a lovely brunch, call for reservations today to get the time you need to enjoy the finest Easter Brunch in the Triangle with Mia Francesca Trattoria, your brunch and dinner specialist right here in North Raleigh.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Come join us for our Easter Brunch Buffet in Raleigh, NC. We will be offering farm fresh NC grown items on our Easter menu. 

$44.95 For Adults – $39.95 For Seniors 65 & Older – $18 for Children under Twelve 

- Free for Kids Under 5 -

10am to 4pm

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

Photo: Dreamstime,  328128

Phone: (919) 278-1525

 

Italian Comfort Food in the Capital City and the Triangle

March 9th, 2015

Mia F brushettaNorthern Italian food is extremely popular here in North Carolina and across the United States. Actually, when we think about it, tasting great Italian food fills all of us with good thoughts. Who doesn’t like bowls of pasta and hearty sauces? Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, is a true Tuscany  Italian restaurant that focuses on both the mood and food. The best of Italy is right around the corner for many Triangle residents. Raleigh’s 440 Beltline at Six Forks (North Hills) is the world headquarters for Italian comfort food and all the benefits.

Each fresh seasonal menu creation comes to every table expertly served by our professional staff; and our culinary team uses only farm and ocean fresh ingredients to produce all of our “made from scratch” favorites. Executive Chef Zack VanGaasbeek and his entire Mia Francesca team are dedicated to the fine art of Italian cooking and pleasing our guests with the finest preparations available.

Mia Francesca believes in comfort food where an occasional, even weekly indulgence puts a smile on every guest. We always remember that comfort food just tastes good. Recent studies have suggested that the foods we love, both the healthy foods and the comfort cravings, improve our moods, create positive thoughts, and promote a great well-being. Food and mood do not just rhyme. They go together.

There is a great variety of Tuscany inspired Italian food here at Mia Francesca Trattoria. We offer several menus for our honored guests:

  • Lunch: Savor our marvelous Meat and Cheese Board, crisp Caesar Salad, and popular Italian pizza
  • Dinner: Experience our unique Lamb Meatballs, fresh Dinner Salad, and cheesy Chicken Parmesan
  • Gluten-free : Whether by choice or by necessity and dietary lifestyle, we offer an array delicious choices, guaranteed to wow everyone
  • Kids: We offer our tender pasta, cheese pizza, and chicken with fries
  • Weekend Brunch: Every weekend, we offer an enormous selection for Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check out our freshly-squeezed orange juice, House Buttermilk Pancakes, and Cheesy Polenta
  • Wine List: Our premium list of selective wines from all over the world create a picture of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards; our choices are available by the glass or by the bottle and we offer Monday specials; 50% off all wines every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Dolci: Our classic Italian desserts (like Tiramisu) and other very popular dessert favorites, like Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake just make for sweet comfort. We even offer a Dessert Platter of our chef’s assorted selections for the whole table to enjoy

Additionally, our restaurant options give our guests a lot of choices for the good times:

  • Private Catering: Mia Francesca services the local North Raleigh and Capital City area
  • Private Events: Get togethers, gatherings, parties, formal business meetings and even regal wedding celebrations are welcomed by our staff with open arms
  • Gift Cards: Pick one up for friends and families to enjoy as a surprise or as a gifts to all those who find comfort in great Italian food and atmosphere!

Our comfortable, yet elegant, surroundings have gained a popular following in the Triangle area. Guests appreciate Mia Francesca Trattoria’s fine Italian cuisine. And we appreciate the fact that food and mood indeed go together! From healthy to just plain tastes good, come to Mia Francesca in North Raleigh!

What are you doing on Easter Sunday? We would love to see you.

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Enjoy our Easter Brunch and Lunch on Sunday April 5th and enjoy a great time with family and friends!

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

 

 

A First Time Visit to Midtown Raleigh Means Great Times

March 1st, 2015

Calimari editedMia Francesca Trattoria insideIt is March! Spring is coming to the Triangle. Believe it or not the warmer weather will give us the opportunity to create new memories and catch up with family and friends we have not seen over the winter. With warm thoughts, we invite everyone who have never visited Midtown Raleigh to visit Mia Francesca in in North Hills for a leisurely lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.

The Capital City will soon be bustling with outdoor and warm weather activities. In North Hills, where Mia Francesca is located; there is a movie theater, various boutiques and shops, fitness centers, a Farmer’s Market and all come with plenty of parking.

Mia Francesca Trattoria, a Tuscany Italian restaurant, is right next to the luxurious Renaissance Hotel in the heart of the North Hills Mall complex. Our Northern Italian restaurant is a growing favorite among Triangle residents and is a big part of the family of Chicago based Italian eateries known for their hearty fresh farm to table cooking, large portions, and affordable prices. With a casually contemporary setting, and rustic environment, Mia Francesca offers good times and simple great food.

On a first visit, as the twin doors open wide into the restaurant lobby, our guests are greeted with warm smiles by our friendly and upbeat staff. Guests can choose their own seating, with our expansive outdoor area, the large dining room, upstairs on the second floor with an overhanging nook and a great view, or in our comfortable bar area. We offer plenty of choices for relaxation.

After settling in, it’s the perfect time to select a top shelf wine from Mia Francesca’s extensive European and American wine list with offerings from France, Italy and California. We also offer Monday through Friday drink specials as well. Our beer selection includes Italy’s own, Peroni Lager, among many other micro and macro brews.

Our personable and experienced award winning Iron Chef, Zach VanGaasbeek, and his culinary team prepare house made salads with asparagus, blue cheese and fresh tomatoes among other fresh ingredients. Our “from scratch” pizzas with fresh imported and domestic cheeses and herbs, are perfect for an informal gathering of people who want to leave satisfied.

Our eclectic, ever changing, all house made menu includes crowd favorites like our tasty Polo Arrosto alla Roamo (Mar-Jac Farm roasted chicken) and Spaghetti alla Bolognese, as well as the best Calamari fritti this side of San Francesco. Our fresh desserts offer the best of Italy with Tiramisu, our Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, and Apple Crostata.

After experiencing Tuscany Italian cuisine at its finest, and enjoying the warm and friendly ambiance of Mia Francesca in North Hills, our first time guests always tell friends and family and share the news of the very best of Italy right here in the Triangle. It is an important reason to come back to North Raleigh again and again. And after just one visit, our guests know they have enjoyed Mia Francesca in Midtown Raleigh, the very best of dining experiences.

After a hard day’s work or over a busy weekend, when the Triangle wants the best value and the best food and drink, make it a Northern Italian experience. There is always a good time to enjoy a great meal. The upcoming spring means there is a lot to celebrate with the new season.

Celebrate spring at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, 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

Photos: Mia Francesca Trattoria Raleigh

 

The Best Pizza in the Triangle is Closer than You Think

February 23rd, 2015

Mia F PizzaBalancing the harmony of cheeses and flavor creates traditional pizza that makes the difference. And Mia Francesca Trattoria, the Northern-Italian restaurant located in Raleigh, makes it like it’s been delivered straight from Mother Italy. Our location for Tuscany Italian fare and great pizza is just 20 minutes from most everywhere in the Triangle, in North Hills off 440. Pizza lovers who are always on the lookout for some of the best pizza in the Triangle choose Mia Francesca for traditional pizza pie with generous toppings.

We stay true to our Northern Italian roots in every slice as we assemble the ingredients in our award winning kitchen. Our Executive Chef and his team simply prepare our house made pizza as a truly decadent creation that puts a huge smile on every guest.

Originally cooked in Naples, Italy, today’s Mia Francesca pizza evolved from historic flat bread dishes first baked back in the 1800’s. It is interesting to note that pizza became very popular shortly after World War II, as veterans stationed in Italy returned home to the U.S.A. introducing their hometowns to this new found Italian delight! Now, in 2015, pizza is so popular, that on any given day in the United States, 13 % of the population consumes it.

Mia Francesca pizza has everyone’s seal of approval, and it comes complete with a scrumptious crust, blankets of fresh melted cheese, and house-made dough created in small batches; each pizza is fully loaded with homemade tomato sauce, meats, and vegetables. All meld together to make personal pizza history for each and every table.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers a variety of high-quality pizzas beloved by every guest:

  • Our Diavola Pizza features eggplant, castelvetrano olives, capers, chilies, tomato sauce, and smoked mozzarella.
  • Our Fungi pizza has wild mushrooms, ricotta cheese, thyme, arugula, and truffle oil.
  • Our Margherita features plum tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.
  • Our Napoletana has arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan.
  • Our Quattro Stagioni features prosciutto, artichoke, mushrooms, olive, and egg.
  • Our Salsiccia Pizza comes with juicy fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh mozzarella.

For our guests who simply cannot decide from all the wonderful selections, it is perfectly okay to order a personal creation with any and every fresh ingredient available. Toppings include sausage, olives, mushrooms, artichoke, spinach, meatballs, onion, broccoli, anchovy, goat cheese, gorgonzola, mozzarella, Swiss, Fontina, roasted peppers, and eggplant.

The best pizza in the Triangle is closer than anyone thinks. The choices offered by Mia Francesca continue the tradition only found in Midtown Raleigh. The good times are right here 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

In the Triangle, Italian Food and Fine Wine Make All the Difference

February 16th, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-still-life-red-wine-barrels-image13184429Something magical happens when the perfect combination of flavors in wine highlight, enhance, and harmonize with the flavors of fine Italian food. Like a passionate couple in love, the pairing of the right wine and the right meal can bring both flavor and excitement to an evening out. Mia Francesca Trattoria, our Northern Italian restaurant located in Midtown Raleigh North Hills, suggests an array of wine pairings with many items found on our menu; from our savory chicken to our seasoned grilled fish and palate-pleasing pasta dishes.

Our Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse Chardonnay from Burgundy, France perfectly complements the following Mia Francesca Trattoria chicken entrees:

  • Pollo salsa Bianca: grilled chicken breast, garlic, white wine, Alfredo cream sauce, Parmigiano, and linguini pasta
  • Pollo Arrosto alla Romano: roasted chicken, white wine, garlic, chili flakes, rosemary herb roasted potatoes
  • Pollo Piccata: pan seared chicken breast, garlic, white wine, capers, lemon, linguini aglio e Olio

Mia Francesca features two Pinot Grigio Italian bottled wines from Veneto. Our Le Macine and Ca’ Stella pair splendidly with our two delectable grilled fish entrees:

  • NC Trout: grilled North Carolina trout, cauliflower puree, tri-color cauliflower, golden raisins, baby spinach, and aged balsamic
  • Salmon Caponata: grilled salmon with farm fresh winter vegetables, eggplant, capers, fennel, olive oil, balsamic, and tomato

Both our St. Francis Old Vine Zinfandel from Sonoma, California and our Castella Sinnino Chianti Riserva pair well with the following pasta dishes:

  • Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs in a tasty tomato basil sauce
  • Penne Pastore: fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and tomato basil sauce over our penne pasta
  • Pollo al Parmesan features breaded chicken breasts, tomato basil sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and Linguini agli e olio

Remember, pairing and weight go hand-in-hand; lighter wines with lighter fare, robust wines with robust fare, and so on. It is important to look for a wine with flavor and aroma characteristics that invoke the traditions and taste of our Tuscany Italian entrées. Mia Francesca has an expansive fine wine list to consider and our Tuscany Italian fare partners very nicely with our selections. Try our Meat and Cheese Board with our Executive Chef’s selections of artisan cheese and charcuterie (fine meats), olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini.

Pairing wine with fine food is an art. And it is very important to remember that life is always better with great taste and company.

Mangiamo! Let’s eat, drink and be merry!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, is having its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway” contest happening right now!

Stop into Mia Francesca in North Hills to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter NOW through February 28th. Please check out these details. The winner will be announced on March 2.

Stop in to win!

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: Dreamstime #13184429

 

Looking for a Charming Valentine’s Day Dinner in Raleigh? We have a Beautiful Idea!

February 9th, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-heart-valentine-s-day-image22597695The second month of the New Year is always the month of love in the Triangle, and everyone is invited for a romantic dinner for two. Saturday February 14th is coming up fast and it will soon be Valentine’s Day! It is finally on a Saturday night, which makes it extra special. Remember the finest foods of love are always Italian!

Mia Francesca Trattoria, everyone’s Valentine’s Day headquarters, is the Tuscany Italian Trattoria located in North Hills in Midtown Raleigh. This is the time we offer our much-loved Valentine’s Day Menu for every sweetheart to enjoy! Our rustic dining experience makes for love at first bite every time. Guests truly adore our Executive Chef’s heartfelt devotion to our classic Northern Italian cuisine. This is the time of year to fall in love, or fall in love over and over again and our kitchen staff prepares the finest foods of love Italian Style and we do it with pure enjoyment. The experience makes the day at Mia Francesca.

Whether on a first date this love struck holiday, or an annual dinner out with that very special someone, know we tantalize the taste buds to heart’s desire. With the help of the epicurean delights of Northern Italy, Cupid is aiming his bow and arrow in the name of both relationship and love. In honor of Saint Valentine, we offer sexy courses for two and the most decadent of desserts anyone could imagine. After all, edible gifts of love create the best memories.

On February 14th, Mia Francesca offers four luscious courses, fine wines, and wonderful drinks for couple’s to choose from in celebration of love. Woo your darling with a lovely first course; Risotto ai Funghi, our Italian rice with wild mushrooms, herbs, garlic and mozzarella, or our Pizza Salcisse with sausage, tomatoes, and mozzarella.

While sharing smiles and fondness for fine food; enjoy Mia Francesca’s second course, Insalata alla Francesca (romaine, radicchio, endive, seasonal vegetables, balsamic, and blue cheese), or Insalata Caprese (tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil).

Cherish this time of mutual adoration for one another as couples savor one of Mia Francesca Trattoria’s third course selections:

  • Our Rigatoni alla Boscaiola presents rigatoni pasta sautéed with tomato veal sauce, wild mushrooms, garlic, and herbs.
  • Our Pollo alla Romano is our tender and juicy roasted chicken breast with garlic, shallots, rosemary, lemon, olive oil, and roasted potatoes.
  • Our Salmon ai Funghi is pan-roasted and cooked with wild mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and garlic.

Become even more smitten with love while tasting our fourth course “sweets for the sweets” finale. We offer two decadent Italian desserts, our endearing Tiramisu and our passionate Profiteroles. All anyone has to do is supply the intangibles tableside to create perfection: a big box of imported chocolates, a “love you forever”card with a handwritten love poem inside, or a bountiful bouquet of Italian red roses. They all will make the romantic experience even better! Celebrate Love Italian Style this Valentine’s Day at Mia Francesca Trattoria and make precious memories that will last a lifetime.

On Valentine’s Day, there is always magic in the air. An intimate dinner for two can lead to an enjoyable weekend, where work and friendships can turn into courtships and marriage proposals to wedding engagements.

Call us today and make your holiday extra special. Remember that fine food and wine bring warmth and happiness to every occasion; why not create the mood with a Valentine’s Day to remember. After all, the foods of Italy are the food of love! Join us this Saturday! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Or as we say in Italian, Buon San Valentino! Here is our full menu to fall in love with as we head to the big day!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”. Stop into Mia Francesca in North Hills to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter NOW through February 28th. Please check out these details.

Triple your chance to win during Valentine’s Day week, right now! The winner will be announced on March 2.

Stop in to win!

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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: Dreamstime, 22597695

 

Our Sweets and Valentine’s Month Make Delicious Partners Together

February 2nd, 2015

word sweetThere is no better time than February, the month of romance and Valentine’s Day, to celebrate with fresh homemade desserts. Many folks in the Triangle always order the sweet courses when they enjoy an afternoon or evening out, so we are calling out to all dessert lovers to enjoy the finest sweets at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Our popular Tuscany Italian restaurant offers a wide and delicious array of desserts for every taste. We are conveniently located in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills, just twenty minutes away from everything in the Triangle, and we would love a visit. Our ever changing farm to table restaurant menu, with fresh selections from the sea as well, offers guests a fun and relaxing dining experience. Our delicious desserts just make it even better.

The Mia Francesca seasonal desserts, all homemade recipes that promote great times and and sharing, include these sweet and truly Italian treats:

  • Apple Crostata with local Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served warm with salted caramel gelato and vanilla crème anglaise.
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake comes with Pumpkin Spice cream cheese filling, graham cracker crust, candied pumpkin seeds, and vanilla anglaise.
  • Our Profiteroles are delicate cream puffs toasted and filled with pistachio gelato and drizzled with chocolate sauce on top.
  • Our local Raleigh favorite, Tiramisu (Italian for “pick me up”) features espresso and kahlua soaked ladyfingers with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder.
  • Our Torta Bacio with chocolate-hazelnut moose, cocoa nibs, and chocolate crunch as well as our Affogato, which is toasted almond gelato, Espresso, and chocolate chip vanilla biscotti.

For the special “more sweets please” crowd, and all those guests in the Triangle who simply cannot decide on just one sweet selection; we offer our delectable Dessert Platters, with assorted Executive Chef selections designed for sharing for up to ten friends and family.

As our guests celebrate with our delicious Italian desserts, Mia Francesca Trattoria offers soothing Italian Illy brand coffee. Our full-flavored coffee choices simply warm the hearts and set the mood for parties of two or more. Our classic coffees include cappuccino, espresso, caramel macchiato, mocha-cino, Americana, and Café Latte. All our coffee is also available in decaffeinated form as well. Enjoy stimulating conversations while enjoying warm beverages that are both simple and unique. Our divine desserts and fresh coffee make a sweet partnering to our mouthwatering meals.

With Saturday February 14th right around the corner, Mia Francesca Trattoria is the right restaurant for beginning or rekindling romance. Make reservations early for Valentine’s Day to take your sweetheart out for a night to remember! Call us at 919 278 1525.

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Mia Francesca Trattoria located in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”.

Stop into Mia Francesca NOW to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter through February 28th. Please check out these details. Triple your chance to win during Valentine’s Day week! The winner will be announced on March 2.

Tuscany Vacation Giveaway

Stop in and win!

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

 

 

Triangle Restaurant Week in Raleigh: Taste Northern Italian All Week Long

January 25th, 2015

Triangle Restaurant Week Facebook logoMia Francesca Trattoria insideStarting today, Monday January 26th, right here in North Hills and running through Sunday February 1, visit Mia Francesca Trattoria during Triangle Restaurant Week to experience a special Northern Italian three-course meal at a very special price.

Triangle Restaurant Week is a great way for guests from across the Triangle to indulge in our wonderfully delicious authentic Italian cuisine. With lunch ($15) and dinner ($30) per person, our popular Tuscany Italian gourmet restaurant offers quite a value. (This does not include beverages, tax, or gratuity.) Again, this one-week celebration of culinary excellence starts tomorrow January 26 and lasts until February 1.

At Mia Francesca in Raleigh, we take great pride in having a true farm-to-table experience, serving only the freshest of ingredients. If you have never visited our Tuscany-influenced Trattoria, this is the perfect week. For the first course, diners can begin with a crisp Caesar salad or our Zuppa Minestrone soup featuring fresh winter vegetables or, at dinnertime; our Bruschette alla Romano with garlic toast, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil. All three are favorites here in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills.

While mingling with fellow guests at white linen tables, our second course will arrive in all of its tasty glory. Our professional kitchen staff, led by Executive and Iron Chef Zack VanGaasbeek, prepares everything with perfection in mind.

Mia Francesca offers five mouth-watering main course options for Triangle Restaurant Week (TRW):

  • Spaghetti Bolognese: beef, pork, and veal meatballs along with fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Panino alla Parmigiano: breaded chicken breast topped with tomato basil sauce and mozzarella served on ciabatta (lunch)
  • Insalata di Cavolfior: roasted cauliflower, arugula, endive, radiccio, golden raisins, and pear-walnut vinaigrette (lunch)
  • Pollo alla Romano: roasted chicken breast with garlic, shallots, rosemary, lemon, olive oil and roasted potatoes (dinner)
  • Salmon Caponata : grilled salmon, eggplant, winter squash, currants, capers, fennel, olive oil (dinner)

Finally, finish your culinary experience with a divine dessert. Mia Francesca offers the Italian classic Tiramisu with ladyfingers soaked in espresso and rum with mascarpone cheese and cocoa. Alternatively, at dinner, guests can have our vanilla-mascarpone Cheesecake with graham cracker crumble topped with raspberry sauce and vanilla anglaise. A sweet ending to a pleasurable dining experience!

Come in and enjoy the best that Mia Francesca offers during Triangle Restaurant Week. This is the week to enjoy, so let the fun begin all the way through Super Bowl XLIX!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”. Stop into Mia Francesca in North Hills to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter NOW through February 28th. Please check out these details. Triple your chance to win during Valentine’s Day week! The winner will be announced on March 2.

Stop in to win!

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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

 

 

 

 

The Best Gluten-Free Experience in the Triangle

January 19th, 2015

gluten free check dt 33081887Mia Francesca Trattoria, known for our delicious authentic Italian cuisine, attracts guests from across North Carolina and the Triangle who are looking for an incredible dining experience in Midtown Raleigh. We also have a growing array of visitors who love our great-tasting and our ever growing gluten-free menu choices. This important menu appeals to all of those individuals with certain dietary restrictions and for those choosing gluten-free as a lifestyle. Both can enjoy all the flavor and all the taste!

Start your dining experience off with some delightful gluten-free appetizers. Our captivating Carpaccio features thinly sliced sirloin with capers, tomatoes, lemon, olive oil, arugula, endive, radicchio, and Parmigiano. Another gluten-free appetizer is our Prosciutto con Rucola that includes Prosciutto di Parma, smoked mozzarella, marcona almonds, arugula, lemon, olive oil, and saba.

Triangle guests love all of our gluten-free salads including our Caprese (vine ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil) as well as our Dinner Insalata (hearts of romaine, carrots, cucumbers, tomato, and lemon balsamic).

In the mood for authentic fresh Italian pasta that is unbelievable? Our gluten-free pasta entrees include palate-pleasing Penne Del Mare (sea scallops, gulf shrimp, mussels, calamari, spicy marinara, and olive oil over linguini pasta) and our perfect Penne alla Bolognese that features savory meatballs (a combination of beef, veal, and pork), along with fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Other Mia Francesca gluten-free meal options include our popular Pollo Piccata, pan-seared farm fresh chicken breasts, garlic, white wine, capers, and lemon with sautéed baby spinach. Try our popular and savory Salmon Asparagi con Granchi that features fresh grilled salmon, Blue Crab, wild mushrooms, asparagus, and sun dried tomatoes with white wine, garlic, lemon, and balsamic.

Complete your gluten-free Italian dining experience at Mia Francesca Trattoria with one of our two gluten-free desserts. Our Crème Alla Vaniglia is our vanilla crème brulee served with fresh seasonal berries. Our Frutta in Vaso offers seasonal fruit topped with whipped cream and yummy raspberry sauce. Whether you dine gluten-free or not, our professional chefs prepare the best lunches, the most divine dinners, and the most decadent desserts ever!

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Important Announcement for all North Hills Mia Francesca Diners:

Mia Francesca Trattoria, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”. Stop into Mia Francesca in North Hills to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter NOW through February 28th. Please check out these details. Triple your chance to win during Valentine’s Day week! The winner will be announced on March 2.

Stop in to Mia Francesca in Midtown Raleigh and register to WIN! 20150109.FrancescasPoster

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: Dreamstime 33081887

Second photo: Mia Francesca Trattoria