Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Italian Red Wine Varietals Presented by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

All of the major Italian Red Wine varietals are served in our restaurant are unique both in flavor and aroma; the best Italy will ever serve. It is interesting to note that red wines are a classification of wine made from typically dark-colored (black) grape varieties.  The actual color of these wines can range from intense violet, typical of young wines to brick red for mature and brown for mature red wines.

Are you looking for one of the best special occasion restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina?  Come visit Mia Francesca Trattoria Italian Red Wine Varietalslocated in the heart of Raleigh’s Mid-town at North Hills. Convenient to everywhere in the Triangle, our central location makes us easy to find. We specialize in private rooms for parties, large and small, that include wedding rehearsal dinners, business meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, and anniversary dinners. Our indoor and outdoor dining areas are perfect for those smaller more intimate celebrations.

Our extensive wine list is always an excellent addition to our menu as you enjoy the best in Northern Italian cuisine and ambiance.

Here are six excellent examples of the Mia Francesca Selection:

  • Villa Girardi Amarone: A lusty, full-bodied wine, made with partially-dried Corvina grapes grown in the Veneto region of Italy
  • Portocamaro Barbera D’Alba: A varietal wine produced mainly in the Piedmont region of Italy, an intense berry flavor, so versatile it goes well with a variety of good foods
  • Chiarlo “Totoniano” Barolo Nebbiolo: A dry, full-bodied magisterial wine from Nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo area of the Piedmont of Italy, has complex aromas and flavors
  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Reserva:  A very dry, select medium-bodied, with lovely tart-cherry flavor, mainly from Sangiovese grapes grown in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy
  • Novaia Valpolicella: A medium-bodied wine comes mainly from Corvina grapes in the Valpolicella area of the Veneto region of Italy
  • Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano: A medium-bodied wine with red cherry flavor, made from Sangiovese grapes in Montepulciano, in the Tuscany region of Italy

In our first post in this special Mia Francesca Wine Series, we discussed the brief history of winemaking, which we followed by exploring the unique and different wine regions in Italy.  Next week, we will discuss white wines. We hope you find this series informative and useful.

In addition to our fabulous wine selections, we have the best authentic Italian pizza and the best authentic Italian pasta in the Triangle area!

At Mia Francesca, you will always enjoy the best.

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Check out Mia Francesca’s participation in the Iron Chef Challenge at the Midtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 28th from 9-1130 a.m. on the Commons. Our very own Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek, is one of the Culinary All Stars and we need you to come down and cheer him on!

Experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive 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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Italian Wine Regions – Presented by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Italian Wine Regions are vast, numerous, and delicious! Mia Francesca Trattoria is known throughout the Triangle as having one of the freshest menus in the Raleigh. Nestled in North Hills, our restaurant not only has the finest Italian fare in the Triangle area, but also includes the most complete wine list for your enjoyment; in fact, on Mondays all of our delicious wines are half price from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

In our new wine series that started last week, we discussed the history of Italian winemaking. Italy is indeed home to some of the oldest and most famous wine producing regions in the world.

This week our wine series centers on the quality and broad variety of Italian wine varietals.  The term “variety” refers to the particular Italian vine or grape, while “varietal” refers to the wine produced from a single group variety.  The wine label always displays the varietal name.  Because of the high quality standards of the European Union, a wine using a varietal label must contain at least 85% of that variety.  Our authentic Italian wine always contains 100% pure delight! Italian Wine Regions

It is very interesting to note that Italy has 20 distinct wine regions:

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

Only the finest of the four different Italian wine classifications are labeled DOCG and DOC:

DOCG:

  • The term DOCG “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” translates to mean the highest quality first-class wines available
  • These wines must pass a taste test before bottling
  • These are the 20 DOCG wine regions in Italy (listed above)

DOC:

  • The term DOC  “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” which means that these wines were made under specific quality regulations
  • The wine rules preserve the character of the wine unique to their Italian regions
  • Wines can be named for the vineyard they come from, but not the grape
  • There are more than 300 DOCs in Italy

As one of the largest producers of wine, Italy continues to set the stage for a continuous flow of unique and compelling wines that are enjoyed around the world. Luckily, you can find them right here in Raleigh.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers only the most superior of wine selections. Our outside seating areas and warm and comfortable bar area give everyone choices. Our private dining areas are great for special events such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and intimate family gatherings. So for elegant fine Italian dining, look no further than Mia Francesca Trattoria.  We serve the best authentic Italian cuisine as well as authentic Italian wine.  See you soon!

**Make Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your late summer gatherings, and your business activities. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

**If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making Traditional Italian Biscotti. – Our 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

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4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Mia Francesca Trattoria Presents: A Brief History of Italian Winemaking

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Mia Francesca Trattoria is the Triangle’s destination for authentic Italian wine sensations in Raleigh at North Hills. From Chianti to History of Italian WinemakingBarolo to Pinot Grigio, the passions of our guests for both thirst and desire in great Italian wines make a simple glass to a bottle shared a truly partnering experience. Today, we being a month long series on wine. Our wine guide will focus on Italian wines and showcase their awesomeness! This is will be a definitive guide on why we think you should love Italian vino. So, let this be the preamble to a fascinating adventure…

History of Winemaking

For the perfect blend of food, wine and culture, there is simply nowhere in the world like Italy. Italian vineyards continue produce an abundance of superb wine.  With a wine history dating back more than 4,000 years and a climate ideally suited to growing grapes, Italy is one of the most diverse wine making countries in the world. By the time the Greeks first came to southern Italy, wine had long been a part of everyday life. Grapes were so easily cultivated they named the country “Oenotria” meaning the land of wine.  The Etruscans, followed by the Romans, took a great interest in improving winemaking skills. Italy continued to refine the techniques throughout the Middle Ages, firmly planting an international reputation for making a wide variety of excellent wines.

In the 1960s, when a series of laws passed to control wine quality and labeling, the modern era of winemaking began.  Winemaking occurs in all twenty regions of Italy and follows the European system of laws based on very specific geographical areas, grape varietals, aging requirements and other winemaking quality controls.

In terms of volume, the leading Italian winemaking regions are Veneto, Apulia, Sicily and Emilia-Romagna. As to having the highest quality designations, the leading region is Piedmont, followed by Tuscany. Italy is most famous for its noble reds (such as Chianti and Barolo) but the country also produces a wide array of popular white wines (including Pinot Grigio, Arneis, and Soave) as well as sparkling wines (such as Prosecco). The depth and breadth of Italian wine comprises everything from the very dry to the ultra-sweet, red, white, rose, sparkling and fortified. Mia Francesca’s Trattoria has an extensive wine list sure to satisfy any Italian wine connoisseur.

Today, these selected wines are more varied and more popular than ever. Italy plants hundreds of varietals—many of which only grow in their country. An amazing range of red, white and sparkling wines made in every style (from traditional to ultra-modern) please critics, collectors, and consumers throughout the world. Italy’s wine future is just as bright as its legendary past.

**Make Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your late summer gatherings, and your business activities. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

**If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making Traditional Italian Biscotti. – Our 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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