Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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6 Pasta Health Facts from Mia Francesca in Raleigh

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

a4urbancdnEveryone has favorite pasta. Its flavor is worldwide in popularity across the globe; every person has a love and passion for the delicious flavor of this famous traditional staple. Federico Fellini, the famous Italian film director and gifted scriptwriter once commented, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”  It is our new adopted mantra!

Mia Francesca Trattoria, in North Hills-Midtown Raleigh, serves the finest authentic Northern Italian pasta in the Triangle. Not only does our homemade pasta taste delightful, it is indeed healthy and packed with nutrition. Yes, healthy! When eaten, pasta surprisingly provides many essential nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals.

Six health benefits of eating pasta include:

  • Complex carbohydrates supply the fuel necessary for energy
  • Good source of B Vitamins, Iron and Niacin
  • Its fiber promotes important digestive health
  • It is a cholesterol free food source
  • It is a naturally low sodium source
  • It contains Manganese, a mineral that helps metabolize carbohydrates and regulates blood sugar

Mia Francesca offers spaghetti in many ways. Those who dine with us can order it “au naturale” with fresh, selected herbs, tomato basil sauce, and a light dusting of parmesan cheese.  Smart eating has never tasted so good. Our homemade pasta dishes can feature chicken, scallops, shrimp, or salmon for that almost “guilt free” culinary experience.

Real Italian with real flavor makes the difference in out trusted recipes. We can mix our pastas with olive oil and farm to table vegetables to make  a perfect meal for the health conscious guest.

Did you know there are over 600 different pasta shapes produced worldwide?  Since 1154 in Sicily, pasta has been one of our most versatile foods.  Finally, according to Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin), a fork is the only utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking.  When you come to Mia Francesca’s we will let you eat your pasta any way you want. Have fun and enjoy the experience. Invite friends and family to dine together. Pasta often tastes the best with company. magic and pasta come together at Mia Francesca!

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

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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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

The History of Italian Sauces by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Mia Francesca Trattoria features the best in Northern Italian cuisine right here in the Triangle. Our North Hills location Best Pasta Raleigh, NCcooks up an overabundance of delightful sauces to accompany any meal. In fact, it was Italy that first perfected an array of culinary sauces to complement everything from pasta to chicken.

Tomatoes, the heart of everything in cooking, originated in South America and it was the Spanish who brought this fruit from Mexico to Italy during the mid 1500’s.  Surprisingly, tomatoes did not become popular until the early 1800’s.  Tomatoes, referred to as “love apples” in Italian, played a part in romance as the general populace believed that eating them made people fall in love.  How appropriate for a country known for its pleasant language, love and friendship.

Here are seven delicious and popular types of Italian sauces:

  • Alfredo: This rich sauce, blended heavy cream, butter, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper usually tops delicious fettuccine
  • Bolognese: This hearty meat sauce includes ground beef or pork, pancetta, tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots and celery.
  • Fontina: This subtle cream sauce is made from cow’s milk cheese and it features a somewhat nutty flavor.
  • Marinara: This classic Italian tomato sauce seasoned with onions, garlic and oregano is popular on pizza, pasta, and assorted meat dishes.
  • Marsala: This very common wine-based pasta sauce uses Marsala combined with rich ingredients like cream and parmesan cheese.
  • Pomodoro: This is a wonderful tomato sauce that can be drizzeled on anything and everything. Incidentally, the Italian word for tomato is Pomodoro!
  • Puttanesca: This unique and tangy sauce combines tomatoes, onions, black olives, anchovies, capers, garlic and oregano and is simmered with olive oil.

 Italy is indeed the home to many types of delicious sauces. Whether you are enjoying it over pasta, pizza or meat, Italian sauces are a great way to add flavor to any dish.  Come celebrate Halloween with us during North Hills restaurant week.  Remember that we will be serving a Thanksgiving feast on Turkey Day!

**Mia Francesca, part of the Francesca’s Restaurants family (based out of Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian Trattoria and Wine Bar proud of its simple rustic cooking, friendly service, and moderate pricing. Located beside the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown Raleigh’s famous North Hills area, Mia Francesca boasts multiple private rooms, outdoor patio, lively bar and an extensive main dining room with a family friendly atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner along with a late-night menu.

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 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

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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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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