Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Mia Francesca Trattoria: It’s Christmas at North Hills

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

What do you like best about the holiday season here in the Triangle? The answer just has to be all the good times! We can picture Christmas Day, when family and friends gather around the tree enjoying those good times while opening holiday presents. Between now and that wonderful moment in time, come to Mia Francesca Trattoria, where we can give you a wonderful dining experience and you can relax and savor our delicious Italian cuisine. Connecting in Midtown Raleigh for lunch or dinner makes unforgettable Christmas memories as well.

Mia Francesca is located in the heart of Midtown Raleigh in North Hills  alongside some great shops and boutiques, all willing Holiday Parties Raleigh, NCto make your last minute shopping a fun and enjoyable experience. We even offer a special Christmas Eve menu, in addition to our regular menu, for celebrating in this joyous season.

Four special holiday menu selections include our unique Panetone Budino di Pane, an Eggnog-Panetone bread pudding with pecans, dried fruit, cinnamon, and a warm brandy sauce. Another Christmas Eve selection features our Ricotta Gnudi con Tartufo, an abundance of spinach and ricotta dumplings, truffle brown butter sauce, sliced black truffles, and shaved Parmigiano. The other two once- a- year Christmas selections are Gamberi con Romesco which includes grilled prosciutto prawns, wild arugula, oven dried tomatoes, fresh bell peppers, Marcona almonds, lemon and basil oil; and our Branzino con Pastinaca, which is pan-seared sea bass, parsnip puree, baby carrots, asparagus, salsa verde, espelette, and parsnip “hay”.

The close conversations, hearty laughter, delicious food, and Christmas fun at Mia Francesca all make this holiday season the best time of the year.  Our General Manager Justin Harkey and our entire expert staff wish you Season’s Greetings as you celebrate this holiday season. Remember that we offer Mia Francesca gift cards for those you love.   Santa agrees they would make a perfect stocking stuffer!

It is indeed Christmas at North Hills. Bring the kids and their wish lists to the Bruegger’s Café this weekend, Saturday the 21st and the 22nd , from 12- 3 p.m. and get a complimentary photo with Santa Claus. 

Finally, remember that Mia Francesca gift cards  are available for those hard to please friends. They will enjoy the opportunity to visit any time of year!

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Join our Facebook Christmas Eve Dining Event! Please make Mia Francesca in North Hills your Christmas Eve gathering place for both food and drink.

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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!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria Highlights Culinary Excellence

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

When you come to Mia Francesca Trattoria, you immediately feel at home with the ambiance of a classic Northern Italy eatery. With our hardwood floors, stone pillars, and expansive dining room, Mia Francesca is the largest restaurant located in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills.  With two levels, two private dining areas, and a very popular outdoor patio , our restaurant is simple, rustic, and very authentic.

A new video highlights the ambiance and the philosophy of what Mia Francesca in North Hills is all about here in North Carolina. Justin Harkey, General Manager of the North Hills Mia Francesca Trattoria, an admirer and expert of all things food and wine, explains culinary history, Chef Scott Harris, and the founding of the restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street in 1992. Most restaurants across the United States that strive for excellence have a head chef managing the kitchen; here in North Hills, Mia Francesca has a Culinary Institute of America Executive Chef who takes extreme pride in everything we serve.

In the video, Executive Chef Zach VanGaasbeek discusses his philosophy of using bold fresh flavors and buying locally (to support the local economy). Each dish served is distinctive for its freshness and for its roots to authentic Italian traditions.  Our restaurant is truly all about the experience.

Click here to review the new Mia Francesca video.

In a recent online restaurant review, Nina rated us Five Stars and wrote that Mia Francesca is “the best restaurant in Midtown Raleigh.”  She adds, “… friends recommended this restaurant to us. We decided to go there for a special dinner. Our waiter was wonderful, well versed on the menu, and the recommendations were perfect. The menu changes every two to three months so variety is always present. The chefs use a lot of fresh vegetables in the entrees, presenting wonderful combinations. The desserts are “to die for”. We plan to return.”

Our reviews reflect the standards we set for our menu and our staff. We look forward to seeing you, too!

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Holiday Season gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and our Central Carolina weather.

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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Mia Francesca Trattoria Serves the Sauces of Mother Italy

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Mia Francesca Trattoria, located in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, offers several Northern Italian menu items that come with delightful sauces.  Our kitchen knows that sauces add a special flavor, moistness, and visual appeal to our savory dishes and desserts. Our homemade Italian sauces reflect the rich variety of our entrees, pizza and pasta dishes.

Mia Francesca Trattoria serves sensational sauces in the following ways:italian sauces

  • Dressing salads: Our Seasonal Autumn Salad has apple cider vinaigrette; our Panzanella Salad features red wine vinaigrette. Prosciutto e Melone comes with balsamic vinaigrette, and our Dinner Insalata has a wonderfully light lemon- based balsamic dressing.
  •  Dressing pasta dishes: Our homemade tomato basil sauce is a principal ingredient on our Penne and our Spaghetti and Linguini come with a pleasing Alfredo cream sauce.  Interestingly enough, Americans usually think of tomatoes with they think of Italian cuisine, the tomato plant is not native to Italy and using tomatoes in Italian cuisine did not become popular until the late 18th century!
  •  Dressing meats, fish, and vegetables: Our Mussels appetizer can be flavored with a spicy marinara sauce or garlic white wine sauce, our New York Strip comes with a Pancetta (bacon) mushroom marsala sauce, our Veal comes with a Fontina (cheese) cream sauce, and our Pollo Diavolo comes with a spicy Pomodoro (tomato) sauce.
  •  Enhancing the taste of desserts: Our Tiramisu has ladyfingers (soaked in espresso and kahlua) with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder while our Profiteroles feature delicate toasted cream puffs filled with pistachio gelato and topped with chocolate sauce.

Remember Mia Francesca Trattoria is having their Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th.  We offer a delightful variety of sauces in our Thanksgiving Buffet selections.

Mia Francesca also features private dining areas for your holiday occasions, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.  Come to Mia Francesca for any occasion–and you will be so happy you enjoyed the experience.

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Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

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

Enjoy Halloween with Scary Good Food at Mia Francesca!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Celebrate Halloween 2013 in style this year at Mia Francesca Trattoria.  Our authentic Italian restaurant is conveniently located in the Triangle at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh.  Make the most ghostly of holidays a “spooky good time” at Mia Francesca every day as Halloween fast approaches. If you have a great costume, you are more than welcome to wear it while you halloween1enjoy our delicious culinary selections. And that is no trick, just awesome treats!

As we head into the cooler season here in the Triangle, we have recently added several superb dishes that are frighteningly tasty to our menu.  For an appetizer, try our delicious Duck Risotto (duck with butternut squash, Arborio rice, sage, fontina, and Swiss chard).  Try two of our newer pizzas, our festive Fall Pizza (with butternut squash, wild mushrooms, truffle oil, garlic, olive oil, and arugula) and our perfect Pera Pizza (pears, carmelized red onions, gorgonzola dolce, arugula, garlic, and mozzarella).

If you feel like eating something chilling, enjoy our farm fresh Autumn Salad (with sliced apples, pears, gorgonzola dolce, toasted walnuts, and mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette drizzled on top).   If you think you want our shockingly awesome pasta, try our luscious Linguini con Zucca (with fresh butternut squash, prosciutto di Parma, wild mushrooms, cracked black pepper, basil, herb broth, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano).

If you are looking for eerily fantastic sweetness, we offer two horrifyingly terrific suggestions for you: our Sweet Potato Gnocchi (house made sweet potato dumplings, fall spice, balsamic brown butter, Swiss chard, pecorino romano, and fried sage) and our Apple Crostini (comes with green apples, taleggio, honey, toasted walnuts, and arugula). With our desserts so table fresh this time of year we can call them supernatural, we are pleased to offer them at Halloween!

Any way you carve it, you need to come to Mia Francesca’s for Halloween this year!

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Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Halloween  gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Halloween, Thanksgiving and the good times of the fall season in Central North Carolina!

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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Enjoy the Traditions of Thanksgiving at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Restaurant Open For Thanksgiving Raleigh, NC

The traditional Thanksgiving Day here in the Triangle is fast approaching with most families preparing all the food at home from turkey to potatoes to dessert. There are a handful of Raleigh restaurants open for Thanksgiving, but for the first time ever our restaurant will be open for Thanksgiving. So why not make 2013 the year of the new traditions by gathering this holiday at Mia Francesca Trattoria  restaurant for Thanksgiving and our special farm to table spin on this day of joy and gratitude. We offer the freshest Thanksgiving buffet menu that everyone from Grandma to the kids will enjoy and remember for a long time!

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Mia Francesca will be open for Thanksgiving

Our Raleigh Restaurant is open on Thanksgiving this year to help you!

Immediately after the holiday dinner, there is always the even more traditional big cleanup with most everyone, except those already taking a nap on the couch, helping with the arduous chore of getting back to normal. As every person finally settles back in front of the tube to enjoy football, fun, family and friends; everyone is now too tuckered out to focus on conversation and the memories soon forgotten by yet another same old same old holiday celebration.

Now the family will finally have the time to relax and enjoy the wonderful Italian ambiance with everyone present and accounted for right here in Raleigh’s North Hills. Our culinary feast will please even the most die-hard post-Thanksgiving dinner couch potato.

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Mia Francesca Trattoria restaurant has quite the

Thanksgiving Day Menu planned with the huge buffet featured from

11 am to 7 pm on Thursday November 28

2013 Thanksgiving Day Buffet Menu

$39.95 for Adults -$30.95 for Seniors 65 & Older – $16.95 for Children under 12 

-Free for Kids under 5-

All non-alcoholic beverages are included

18% Gratuity & Tax will be applied

We celebrate fresh NC local ingredients and participate in the NC Agriculture Department’s “Got to Be NC” program. If warm weather is in the forecast dine al fresco on our patio.

But don’t take our word for it, take a Google Virtual Tour of our restaurant in Raleigh – Tour Now!

Don’t forget to join us on the Weekends for Brunch Raleigh!

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Since the early days of the Pilgrims, America has celebrated with great tasting food. Although we all know that the very first Pilgrim Thanksgiving took place over a number of days in the Plymouth Colony (in present-day Massachusetts) in 1621, it was not until the middle of the American Civil War in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it a national day to be celebrated each final Thursday in November. The U.S. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941 just before Pearl Harbor.

Finally, there really is a Turkey, North Carolina.  Interestingly, the Tar Heel State is one of the leading states in turkey production with over 30 million turkeys produced each and every year.

It is a time for family and great food. It is the time for Mia Francesca! Make sure to make your reservations today for our yummy Thanksgiving Day Buffet!

It is after all, “gobble, gobble” time!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

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

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Celebrate Pasta Month with Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills prepares the finest pasta served Tuscany Italian style in the Triangle.  Just recently, our latest blog post discussed the history of pasta in Italy. But did you know that there are many interesting facts and even excellent nutritional benefits on that wonderful plate of gnocchi, spaghetti, linguine, ravioli, orzo and so many more.

All October, it is National Pasta Month!

 Let’s dish out three great “bennies” and some unusual facts about the Triangle’s favorite food.

Excellent nutritional benefits include:Italian Restaurant North Raleigh

  • Pasta is an outstanding source of complex carbohydrates and it provides the optimum type of “fuel” to power your muscles and mind. Pasta digests more slowly and provides a slower release of energy to keep you going throughout your day. Pasta indeed is brain food!
  • Pasta is the ideal partner for other nutritious foods that are essential to a healthy diet such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed, poultry and lean meats.
  • Now, nutrition aside, pasta just plain tastes good and that could be the best benefit of all.

Little known facts on pasta:

  • The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. We wonder what the above average person eats during the course of a year?
  • Americans, as a whole, consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each and every year; much of it at Mia Francesca!
  • According to the National Pasta Association (NPA), among the reasons cited for pasta’s popularity are its nutritional value, taste, convenience and economical value. We know the number one reason just has to be taste.
  • For individuals diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, our gluten-free pasta enables them to enjoy many of our pasta dishes guilt- free as a regular part of their diet.
  • According to the American Pasta Report, 40 percent of respondents state spaghetti as their most favorite pasta, followed by lasagna (12%), macaroni and cheese (6%), fettuccine (6%), linguine (3%), elbows (3%), pasta salad (3%), and angel hair (2%). We ask why meatballs did not make the list. We know they are related to spaghetti!

Mia Francesca invites you to come enjoy our delicious authentic Italian pasta any day of the week. .  Make reservations to enjoy our private dining for events such as wedding parties, business meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs as well as birthday or anniversary celebrations.  Enjoy our extensive list of pasta dishes on our catering menu.

Remember at Mia Francesca our pasta is truly “to dine” for any day of the week.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your Autumn gatherings and your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and your business associates as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving and the warmth of our Central Carolina weather.

Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach 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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The History of Italian Pasta Redefined at Mia Francesca Trattoria

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

October is National Pasta month so we thought we would take a peek back at the History of Italian Pasta. Mia Francesca Trattoria has the best Italian pasta in the Capital City. It is the staple of our Midtown Italian restaurant in North Hills, and it truly has a very unique and interesting past. When we think of ancient history and pasta, the first country we would associate it with just has to be Italy. Although many sources attribute Rome as the homeland for pasta as we know it is today, noodles were part of the Chinese diet over 4000 years ago. Even though noodles did not originate in the country of Italy, pasta has become a huge part of authentic Italian cuisine.

It still is considered to be a fun and accurate historical fact that classic pasta as it exists today was first enjoyed by the Italians. Yet noHistory Of Italian Pasta one knows who brought it to the family table for the first time. We simply do not know if it was derived from an old family recipe that was passed down through generations or discovered by accident. Sadly, we will never know for sure. But is a safe bet to say that Italy has to be considered the true birthplace of authentic pasta. Now, we know that pasta is considered a noodle product and the most famous noodle of all has to be spaghetti.

Historically, the growing popularity of pasta quickly spread to all of Italy in the 19th Century after the establishment of factories that started mass production; the critical invention being the first kneading machine created in Naples, Italy.

For hundreds of years, pasta was served with no sauce at all and the common folk simply used their fingers to eat it.  When the Spanish introduced the tomato plant to Europe, the idea of using tomatoes to create a tasty sauce forever changed how Italians serve this now famous staple. When sauce was first served piled high on the spaghetti, utensils, rather than hands and fingers, had to be used!

But probably the best reason to eat pasta and pasta dishes is its unique flexibility with three major advantages:

  • It can be stored for long time periods of time
  • It can be added with any meal
  • It can have any variety of sauces, meats and cheeses and stay simply delicious

There are many famous varieties of pasta including gnocchi, macaroni, lasagna, vermicelli and rigatoni among others. Each is unique and very special. Enjoyable pasta is now one of America’s favorite foods, offering an array of recipes and options. No matter what when or where, pasta is simply yummy! And it is good to know that you can get the best of pasta at Mia Francesca in North Hills.

Remember that October is National Pasta Month! So, grab a fork and enjoy! Contact the National Pasta Association for information on how you can get more involved in celebrating one of America’s most favorite foods.

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Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn 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

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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Recipe: Brown Sugar Pumpkin Biscuits with pumpkin spice glaze by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Recipe For the Brown Sugar Pumpkin Biscuits:Brown Sugar Pumpkin Biscuits with pumpkin spice glaze

4 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small cubes

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons molasses

6 tablespoons heavy cream

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Recipe For the Pumpkin Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

4 tablespoons canned pumpkin

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons heavy cream

 

For the biscuits: preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  Stir in the brown sugar.  Cut in the cold cubes of butter, using either a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.  In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and stir together.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined, then transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and knead just to bring everything together.  Roll out the dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness; cut into rounds using a 2-inch cookie cutter or biscuit cutter and place on the prepared baking sheets.

Brush the tops of each biscuit with a little heavy cream then place in the preheated oven to bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before making the glaze.

For the glaze: Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl.  Stir in the pumpkin, spices, and heavy cream until well combined.  Spread some of the glaze on the now cooled biscuits and allow it to dry before serving.

**Mia Francesca Trattoria offers private dining options as well as quality catering in the Raleigh area.  Either way, you taste incredible authentic Italian cuisine while you make memories with family and friends.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn gatherings, and your business meetings and networking events. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and 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

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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Mia Francesca Trattoria Has The Iron Chef Champion Of Midtown Raleigh

Friday, October 4th, 2013
North Hills iron chef  Zach cooking Rabbit

Chef Zach preparing his Rabbit dish. The rabbit was raised and provided by Walk Ahead Farms from Youngsville, NC

If you have ever watched the television show Iron Chef, you know that two chefs battle it out by cooking with the same required ingredient for all three different courses.  Well, The North Hills Farmers Market had it’s own Iron Chef competition in Midtown Raleigh on Saturday September 28.

Mia Francesca Trattoria, one of the five Raleigh area North Hills restaurants, competed.  The required announced ingredients (announced at 9 a.m.) were rabbit and green beans. The rabbit was provided by North Carolina farm – Walk Ahead Farms – who offers fresh eggs, pasture raised meats, seasonal produce, herbs, and cut flower arrangements to the Raleigh area. Using fifty dollars worth of Midtown Farmers Market bucks,” the four chefs purchased their fare; in a timed one hour period, all five chefs prepared two dishes containing the required ingredients.

Mia Francesca Trattoria Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek was reportedly being very “mysterious” in his preparation. He wanted to truly surprise the judges. The competition had an official panel of five culinary adjudicators who (in addition to tasting it for themselves) took into consideration twenty-five very lucky market patrons who each tasted the second dish and gave their opinions. Who said this was easy?    

The Judges:

The Competitors:

Chef Zach used the green beans to prepare a mixed green, fig, grilled eggplant, squash salad with Fig Vinaigrette. For the Rabbit he used local stone ground grits, sauteed swiss chard, tatsoi with hot chilies, and the pan grilled rabbit with a muscadine gastique.

Chef Zach won the competition for the Best Overall Dish. The crowd-pleasing entree was plated Grilled Rabbit over Grits.  Even if you missed this year’s Iron Chef Competition, you can always enjoy fine dining in our authentic Italian restaurant or take advantage of our private catering services.  Make sure you save room for our out-of-this-world desserts!

About Iron Chef Zach VanGaasbeekChef Zach VanGaasbeek

Chef Zach VanGaasbeek first discovered a desire for cooking at the young age of 14 while a dishwasher at a local restaurant in his home town of Kingston, N.Y.  A natural curiosity to understand flavour profiles and the chemistry of food, would soon fuel a desire for a career in culinary arts.

Chef Zach attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality management and associates in culinary arts.

After graduation he spent two years in the gulf coast of Florida working for a locally owned restaurant group Culinary Concepts.

He then moved on to Sonoma county, California, where he worked with private country clubs that focused exclusively on local California wines and “farm to fork” produce.  It was here garnered an affinity and respect for seasonality, terroir, and the use of micro-local ingredients.

Now in Raleigh, at Mia Francesca’s Trattoria in North Hills, an authentic Italian restaurant – part of Francesca’s Restaurant Group – Chef Zach showcases that early love affair of local fresh food with the wonderful rustic foods of Northern Italy & Tuscany.

Drop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy the best that the Iron Chef Champion can offer at Mia Francesca!

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn gatherings, and your business meetings and networking events. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and 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

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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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!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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