Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Fun, Family and Gelato at Mia Francesca in North Hills

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

rome negli anna cinquanta a monte carotto wikemedia.orgEveryone in the Triangle knows that there are a wide variety of kid-friendly places here in Raleigh area. Each restaurant typically offers quick food, tokens, crayons, and a fast experience. Here in North Hills, we want each family member dining with us to enjoy great Northern Italian food, great service and a simple family focus that welcomes children at every table. We know that each and every day, the main ingredient at Mia Francesca in North Hills is always you!

Children who dine with us love our awesome choices on the Kid’s Menu, which features our authentic Italian pasta, our “made from scratch” pizza, and our deliciously tender chicken.

If the kids like savory pasta and what youngster does not, Mia Francesca prepares it one of three tasty ways; and it’s always their choice. They just pick a wonderful flavor like rich butter, homemade tomato sauce, or subtle cream sauce and then sit back, twirl the fork and love it. If they are in the mood for pizza, each child can have a special and unique pie with cheese, mushrooms, or sausage.  Our moist and delicious chicken is always a huge favorite and comes with the choice of either fries or broccoli. Every kid’s meal arrives at tableside with the choice of a soft drink, milk, or juice.

Finally every child finishes their meal with a free scoop of gelato.  Gelato, as many know, is the Italian word for “ice cream”.  We offer special varieties of this wonderful treat made in authentic Mia Francesca style; very unique and traditionally Italian. Our gelato consists of milk, cream, various sugars, and flavoring usually blended with our fresh fruit and nut purees.

It is kid trivia time! The Florentine cook, Bernardo Buontalenti, is said to have invented modern ice cream in 1565, as he presented his recipe and his innovative refrigerating techniques to Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian Duchess who then introduced it to France after she married the French King, Henry II. Soon the news and tastes of gelato spread to the rest of Europe.

It is very interesting to note that the popularity of gelato increased in the 1920’s and 1930’s in the northern Italian city of Varese, where the very first gelato cart was pushed down cobble stone streets.  The popularity of Mia Francesca’s version of the famous gelato in Raleigh is amazing!  Come see and then taste first-hand why every youngster loves dining at our always kid-friendly Northern Italian restaurant, Mia Francesca Trattoria.

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Get ready for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day and make your reservations early for good times at Mia Francesca in Midtown Raleigh. The season of fun has just begun!

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 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

North Hills Restaurant Week

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Every single day at Mia Francesca Trattoria – one of the restaurants in North Hills we serve unique and authentic Italian cuisine.  And this week, we are excited to be a special part the Taste of North Hills (Today October 28 through Sunday November 3).  From Japan to France to our part of Italy, you are invited to take a culinary tour of the world during Taste of North Hills. Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, steak, sushi, or stouts, North Hills is the very best of the best.

Here is the list of participating restaurants in North Hills:

At Mia Francesca, next to the Renaissance hotel, you can enjoy three delicious courses (lunch $15 or dinner $25) for one low price!  For lunch and dinner, our first course is a fresh salad or appetizer and our third course is a delectable dessert.  With so many outstanding selections, your challenge is in the choosing!

For lunch, you can enjoy one of four flavorful second course choices.  Our Risotto al Pomodoro features Italian rice with roasted plum tomatoes, arugula, and fontina cheese.  Our Penne con Salsiccia is juicy sausage, local eggplant, caramelized onions, Swiss chard, tomato basil sauce, and penne pasta.  Our Panino alla Parmigiano features breaded chicken breast topped with a tomato basil sauce, mozzarella cheese and served on ciabatta bread.  Our Gamberi Insalata is pan-seared shrimp, mixed greens, fresh chopped tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, and lemon.

For dinner, we also offer four savory second course selections during Taste of North Hills week.  You have another opportunity to taste our Penne con Salsiccia or enjoy our Veal Cappellacci (braised veal and prosciutto filled pasta, savoy cabbage, chopped tomatoes, pancetta, and fontina cream sauce).  Our Pollo alla Romano is roasted chicken breast with garlic, shallots, rosemary, lemon, olive oil, and roasted potatoes.  Our Duck Risotto features braised duck, butternut squash, Arborio rice, sage, fontina, and Swiss chard.

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Visit North Hills this week for a “foodastic” experience! You will be glad you did!

Remember Mia Francesca is open on Halloween as well as Thanksgiving Day for an incredible buffet.    We also offer private dining for events like birthdays and anniversaries as well as other special occasions such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs.  Celebrate the holidays or any occasion with us! 

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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 farm to table cooking, friendly service and moderate pricing. Located beside the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills, 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 our wonderful 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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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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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!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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