Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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July is National Culinary Arts Month!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Mia PieCenturies ago, food used to be what people needed to survive. Over the recent decades, food has appreciated into an art driven by both looks and taste. Our award winning culinary chefs and kitchen staff at Mia Francesca Trattoria consistently serves the most delectable and eye-catching Italian cuisine in Raleigh and the Triangle. Alongside shopping, salons, theatres, and more at North Hills, our Northern Italian restaurant is located in Midtown Raleigh, the heart of the Central Carolina region. July is the month all of us can observe and appreciate the beauty of how Italian food brings friends, family, and coworkers together.

As thousands of people watch the Food Network and other related cable channels, they are learning about fine cooking and dining from a growing number of these television programs; in just the past few years, there has been a boom in appreciation of the culinary arts. Executive Chef Zack and his professional kitchen staff skillfully prepare meals that are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye.

For example, our very popular Meat and Cheese Board appetizer has Chef Zack’s selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie, olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini. With our scrumptious main courses, our guests have wide variety of savory choices, including our Lobster Cappellacci, which is Maine lobster filled with fresh pasta, spring peas, baby spinach, tarragon, and a delicious lobster cream sauce. Another excellent choice is our Fussilli con Pesto or corkscrew shaped pasta, basil pesto, fresh string beans, fresh mozzarella, and pine nuts. Mia Francesca is known for its authentic Tuscany Italian pizza like the Napoletana, which has fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan. This choice is one of the favorites in our lounge and bar area.

Finish every meal with one of our Dessert Platters, featuring assorted chef’s selections designed for sharing among and larger groups. Our Duo of Cannolis could be on the platter, and our cannolis come with a pistachio ricotta filling, chocolate chips, pistachio orange brittle, and a peanut butter mousse filling candied peanuts, and raspberry agrodolce. Be sure to end your Northern Italian experience with one of our many Italian Illy Coffee choices like Cappuccino, Espresso, Caramel Macchiato, and Mocha-cino.

July is the perfect time to visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. After all, it is Culinary Arts Month!

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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

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


 

Cheese, Wine & the Perfect Tiramisu: Epicurean Pleasures in the Triangle

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

serge bertasius photographyDid you know that National Cheese Day is Wednesday June 4? At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we think every day is a great day to enjoy the aroma and subtle scents of delicious cheeses here in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills. Chef Zack and his team pride themselves by using only the freshest of cheeses to produce the highest quality for our authentic Tuscan Italian dishes.

Cheese is loved by everyone, and there are over 500 varieties of cheeses in the world (Wikipedia). Our select wines are the perfect complements to virtually any cheese we offer. We enjoy pairing good wines with excellent cheeses to make your dining experience one to remember. We often pair many of our cheese featured entrees with a remarkable white wine. We do this for two reasons, the sweetness of our white wines pair nicely with a wide variety of cheeses ranging from tangy and rich to the delicious semi-dry to dry. And red wines can often overpower even the most robust of cheeses. Taste is everything.

The best wines that pair well with our cheeses include:

  • Riesling: Trimbach, 2010 from Alsace
  • Riesling: Ch. St Michelle Eroica, 2011 from Washington State
  • Sauvignon Blancs: Dog Ridge “The Pup” McLaren Vale from Australia
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Bellvue Touraine, 2012 from France
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Dom and Janine Crochet, 2010 from Sancerre, France

Samplings of the Mia Francesca dishes that include an array of mouthwatering cheeses:

  • Napoletana Pizza with Provolone and Shaved Parmesan
  • Margherita Pizza contains Mozzarella
  • Salsiccia Pizza with Goat Cheese and Mozzarella
  • The option to add Gorgonzola, Fontina, and Swiss cheese to any pizza
  • Meat and Cheese Board with our chef’s selection of artisan cheese
  • Pollo al Parmesan features breaded chicken breasts with tomato basil sauce and Mozzarella and Parmesan

With the many varieties of cheeses and wines we offer, Mia Francesca Trattoria will help you select a wine and cheese pairing you will love and remember!

For the enjoyment and love of cheese, Chef Zack has perfected on video one of our classic Italian dessert presentations. Our special version of the perfect Tiramisu contains the rare and delicious Mascarpone Cheese loved by Italians since the late 16th Century. Our wonderfully sweet version is a scrumptious blend of this creamy Italian cheese, espresso, eggs, rum soaked lady fingers, cocoa powder, and farm fresh raspberries. Click here to watch how to make this classic dish from Francesca’s Table for all to enjoy.

Mia Francesca is conveniently located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh and we welcome the opportunity to make your visit a very special time. Stop in and celebrate the cheese!

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Please check out another 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

Photo: Sergio Bertasius Photography