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Video Recipe: Classic Italian Meatballs by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, cook the perfect “Lady and The Tramp” dish for your special someone! Here it is, the first recipe in our video series! Chef Zach shows you how to make the perfect classic Italian Meatballs. At Francesca’s Table our Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek shows you step by step the perfect recipe for Italian Meatballs.

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Recipe: Chocolate Pots de Creme

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

 

Recipe: Chocolate Pots de Creme
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Mia Francesca Trattoria
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Cook time:
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy creamChocolate Pots de Creme
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar; set aside.
  3. Place the chopped chocolate into a medium bowl.
  4. In a saucepan bring the heavy cream and half and half to a boil over medium high heat.
  5. Pour over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for two minutes; whisk until melted and smooth.
  6. Gradually whisk the warm chocolate mixture into the sugar and yolks until completely combined. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any lumps.
  7. Skim off any foam from the surface.
  8. Divide the mixture evenly between six 4 ounce ramekins. Place the ramekins into a shallow baking dish, and pour enough water into the dish to fill halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  9. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes before opening the door, then check to see if they have set. If not, continue baking in five minute intervals until the middles only slightly jiggle when moved.
  10. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill until completely cold, about 3 hours. Served with marshmallows toasted ontop, fresh berries, or whipped cream.

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When you put together North Carolina farm-fresh produce and our classically trained expert chefs, dining at Mia Francesca Trattoria is the best authentic Italian experience and tastiest cuisine you will ever enjoy. 

Raise a glass to toast to the excellent deals (and delicious meals) you will receive when you make your reservations at Mia Francesca Trattoria this Triangle Restaurant Week. Make this a dining experience you will always remember!

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

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Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Recipe: Chocolate Rugelach

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Chocolate Rugelach
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Mia Francesca Trattoria
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Serves: 32
Ingredients
  • For the Dough:
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cold and cut into cubes
  • For the Filling:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60% or higher), finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons Sugar in the Raw (for garnish)
  • Powdered sugar (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour and salt using the paddle attachment.
  2. Add in the cubed butter and cream cheese and allow to mix until the flour mixture starts to form a loose dough.
  3. Pour the dough out onto a counter loosely dusted with flour, and knead until all the pieces come together.
  4. Flatten slightly, then wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. Once the dough is ready cut it into quarters; take the first piece of dough and roll it out on a counter dusted with flour into a circle, about 1/8-inch thick all the way around. Trim up any uneven edges.
  6. Repeat the same for the remaining dough quarters.
  7. Combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Melt the butter, and brush it over each of the dough circles evenly.
  9. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over each circle in a thin layer to cover completely. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate over the dough.
  10. Cut each circle into 8 wedges.
  11. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  12. Roll up each of the wedges into a crescent shape, starting with the thickest end.
  13. Brush the tops of the cookies with the remaining melted butter, then sprinkle the Sugar in the Raw over the tops of each.
  14. Space them evenly onto the two baking sheets then refrigerate for one hour.
  15. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  16. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the pans halfway through.
  17. Once completely cooled dust with a little powdered sugar before serving.

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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!

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Recipe: Vanilla and Caramel Mousse Cake

Monday, January 13th, 2014

 

Vanilla and Caramel Mousse Cake with a Dark Chocolate Ganache
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Mia Francesca Trattoria
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Serves: 12 People
Ingredients
  • For the vanilla cake layers:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • For the Caramel Mousse:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 envelope powdered gelatin, softened (or 3 leaves sheet gelatin, bloomed)
  • For the Vanilla Mousse:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • For the Chocolate Ganache icing:
  • 16 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
Instructions
  1. For the cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Butter and flour two 9 inch cake pans and line the base of each with parchment paper.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a small bowl and set aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time, making certain to scrape down the sides of the bowl between each addition.
  7. Add a quarter of the flour mixture to the creamed sugar mixture, followed then by a third of the buttermilk.
  8. Repeat this process, starting and finishing with the flour mixture, scraping down the bowl between additions.
  9. Stir in the vanilla extract and scraped vanilla bean seeds.
  10. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops of lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the middle of the layers comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool completely in their pans before handling and cutting.
  12. In the meantime prepare the two mousses.
  13. For the caramel mousse:
  14. Gently bring 2/3 cup of the heavy cream to a low simmer in a saucepan.
  15. Set aside to cool slightly.
  16. Whip the other 1 1/3 cups of heavy cream to stiff peaks and refrigerate until needed.
  17. Prepare the gelatin before moving on to make the caramel (If using powdered gelatin: sprinkle the envelope of gelatin over 1 tablespoon cold water in a small bowl and allow to set up.
  18. For leaf gelatin:
  19. Paces the sheets in a shallow bath of ice water and allow to bloom for at least 5 minutes).
  20. Place the ¼ cup of water in the bottom of a deep, heavy pot.
  21. Pour the sugar into the middle and add the corn syrup.
  22. Gently stir the three together in a combing motion with your fingers to combine.
  23. Begin to cook once thoroughly combined over medium high heat and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is a golden amber, about 5-8 minutes.
  24. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the warmed cream (the mixture will bubble up so be extremely careful); stir in the softened butter until melted.
  25. Stir in the softened gelatin.
  26. Let this mixture cool to room temperature before folding in the whipped cream.
  27. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until slightly thickened.
  28. For the vanilla mousse:
  29. Whip the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and scraped vanilla bean seeds together until it holds firm peaks, then cover and refrigerate as you prepare the meringue.
  30. In a clean bowl, begin to whip the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until foamy.
  31. Continue to whip until the whites have doubled in volume, about 3 to 5 minutes. Very slowly begin to add the sugar to the still whipping whites, and continue to beat until the whites hold firm, stiff peaks.
  32. Take half of this meringue and very gently fold it into the prepared whipped cream.
  33. Fold in the remaining meringue.
  34. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  35. To assemble the cake:
  36. Remove the cooled cake layers from their pans.
  37. Slice each in half width-wise so that you will have four cake layers total.
  38. Place the first layer on a plate and brush with a little simple syrup or flavored liqueur (something like Godiva White Chocolate or crème de cocoa would work well); spread half of the caramel mousse evenly over the first layer.
  39. Top with the second cake layer and repeat brushing with syrup or liqueur if using; spread the vanilla mousse evenly over this layer.
  40. Top with the third cake layer, and finish by spreading the last of the caramel mousse evenly over it.
  41. Place the last cake layer ontop and refrigerate for at least two hours to make sure the mousses have time to set between the layers.
  42. Once ready prepare your chocolate ganache.
  43. Place the finely chopped bittersweet or dark chocolate into a medium sized bowl.
  44. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over medium high heat. Pour over the chopped chocolate and let rest for one minute; slowly whisk the two together until combined.
  45. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and place on a wire rack that is resting ontop of a piece of parchment paper. Starting from the middle of the cake pour the ganache over top, allowing it to freely flow over the top and sides of the cake. You shouldn’t need to even out the ganache at all as the weight should create a thin layer over the top of the cake.
  46. Refrigerate until time to serve; make sure to cut with a warm knife so the ganache won’t crack and break. The cake will keep for 3 to 4 days under proper refrigeration.
  47. ** If you’d like the sides of the cake to look more polished, use an offset spatula to gently “ice”the sides of the cake with the ganache until covered. Use chocolate shavings, chopped nuts, coconut, or candy pieces to press up the sides of the cake for a more finished look.

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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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Recipe: Champagne Mousse by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Champagne Mousse
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Mia Francesca Trattoria
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4 – 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons powdered gelatin (or 6 leaves of sheet gelatin)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons champagne
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Optional: 1 to 2 drops of red or yellow food coloring to tint the mousse
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and allow to come to room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the 2 tablespoons of champagne and set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl combine the egg yolks, sugar, and ½ cup of the champagne with a whisk (the mixture will foam up a bit from the champagne).
  4. Place the bowl ontop of a pot of simmering water and whisk continuously until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to thicken, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, and immediately whisk in the gelatin-champagne mixture until dissolved.
  6. Whip the egg whites with a hand mixer or stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  7. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the champagne mixture to combine, then set aside to cool slightly until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks and gently fold into the cooled champagne mixture.
  9. If you’d like to color the mousse fold in the red or yellow food coloring at this time.
  10. To serve: pour the champagne mousse into individual serving cups or champagne flutes and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until set.
  11. If using the mousse to fill a cake allow it to rest for at least an hour so the mousse sets.

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Make North Hills your New Year’s Eve gathering place for both food and drink and enjoy the good times.

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

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Recipe: Gingersnap Cookies the Mia Francesca Trattoria Way

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softenedRecipe For Gingersnap Cookies

¾ cup packed dark brown sugar

½ cup molasses

1 large egg

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Ingredients Gingersnap Cookies – For garnish:

1 cup granulated sugar

4 ounces white chocolate, melted (optional)

Recipe Instructions Gingersnap Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a small bowl sift together the flour, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla, scraping down the bowl and continuing to beat for an additional minute or two. Add in the molasses until incorporated. Slowly mix in the flour and spice mixture to combine. Put the 1 cup of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop the cookie dough with a cookie scoop or into tablespoon-sized amounts and place in the sugar. Roll to coat before putting them onto the baking sheets. Flatten the top of each cookie just slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan and baking an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until firm to the touch and the sides are just slightly golden brown. Allow to cool completely before adding the garnish.

For the white chocolate: If using a baking bar of white chocolate break it apart into small pieces and put them in a metal bowl. Set on top of a pot of simmering water and gently melt, stirring to help the process. Pour the now melted chocolate into a piping bag, or a small plastic sandwich bag, clipping a small hole either at the tip of the piping bag or the corner of the sandwich bag. Stripe the white chocolate ontop of the cookies and let dry for at least and hour before serving.

 

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

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Recipe: Flour-less Chocolate Cake by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Flour-less Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients:

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

6 ounces good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

5 large eggs, at room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or flavored schnapps (raspberry, crème de cocoa, or crème de menthe work especially well)

¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted (Dutch-processed preferred)

 Flour-less Chocolate Cake Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the sides and bottom of a 9 inch springform pan generously and set aside.

Fill a pot ¼ of the way with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Place the chocolate chips and butter in a heatproof bowl; place over the simmering water and melt, stirring occasionally.

While the chocolate-butter mixture is melting, combine the eggs, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on high speed until the mixture is thick and pale yellow, about 10 minutes.  When ready the egg-sugar mixture will form a thick ribbon when the whisk is lifted from it.  Fold in the melted chocolate mix slowly, just until completely incorporated and making sure to not over-mix (over-mixing will cause the batter to lose its volume).  Gently fold in the cocoa powder.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until firm to the touch, about 25-30 minutes.  Let cool completely on the wire rack before transferring to the fridge to chill entirely, about 3-4 hours.  To unmold the cake: gently run a butter knife or offset spatula around the sides of the springform pan to loosen the cake from them.  Unlatch the springform sides and, should you so chose, serve directly from the springform base or warm the bottom over an electric heating element to loosen the cake and transfer to a serving platter.

 

**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, weddingsbirthdays, and anniversaries.  Come to Mia Francesca for any occasion–and you will be so happy you enjoyed the experience.

**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

Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Recipe For the streusel topping:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flourRecipe For Apple & Pear Crisp

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes

½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 

Recipe For the Filling:

4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch chunks

4 large Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch chunks

2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Recipe Instructions for Apple & Pear Crisp

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For the streusel, combine the flour, sugars, salt, and spices in a medium mixing bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or the tines of a fork until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  Stir in the chopped nuts if you are using them and set aside.

Toss the pieces of apple and pear in the lemon juice before adding the sugar, tossing to coat them evenly.  Add in the spices and stir to combine.  Spray a 8 x 8 inch square baking dish with nonstick spray before pouring the fruit mixture into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the fruit.  Bake until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is starting to bubble through parts of the crust, around 45-50 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving with your favorite ice cream and caramel sauce.

Alternately, you can also bake the crisps in individual ramekins if you’d like.  Using 8 ounce ramekins this recipe will yield 8 servings.  Double the amount of crisp topping you’ll be using, and decrease the baking time to 35-40 minutes.

 

**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 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

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4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Video Recipe: Autumn Salad

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Our Chef Zach shows you how to make the perfect Autumn Salad in this video demonstration.

**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

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4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Recipe: Italian Pignoli Cookies by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Recipe Ingredients

Italian Pignoli Cookies

8 ounces Almond Paste

2 egg whites

½ cup powdered sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup of pecans (or almonds) finely chopped

 Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  Place the chopped pecans or almonds into a shallow bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer break apart the almond paste on the lowest speed to soften.  Add in the egg whites and continue to beat on a low speed until mostly smooth.  Add in the sugars and salt; stir in the flour.

Using a 3/4-1 inch cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place it in the chopped nuts.  Roll to completely cover, repeating for each cookie before putting them on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 15-17 minutes until just barely golden brown.  You don’t want to brown the cookies too much otherwise they will lose their soft texture.  Allow to cool before dusting with additional powdered sugar and serving.

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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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4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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