Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Twas the Night Before Christmas and All through the Triangle!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-santa-against-moon-snowfall-image21609831The festive Midtown area of North Hills, in our capital city of Raleigh, is the perfect place to enjoy holiday shopping. To accommodate all the people making those last-minute purchases on Wednesday December 24th, we will be open until 10 p.m. that night. For many of us here in the Triangle, Christmas Eve is a time for quiet reflection and joyous gatherings for great food and atmosphere. Mia Francesca Trattoria is there for you Christmas Eve as Santa prepares to takes his annual global sleigh ride to fill children’s stockings and deliver Christmas gifts under all the trees in North Carolina and beyond. Our authentic Tuscan- Italian cuisine makes us the merriest place in the Triangle to dine and celebrate the holidays.

Mia Francesca’s genuine Italian pizza is a favorite of our guests and not surprisinglymany of them are from this side of the North Pole! We offer delicious choices like:

  • Our Pera Pizza with local pears, caramelized red onions, gorgonzola, arugula, garlic, and mozzarella
  • Our Diavola Pizza with Italian tomato sauce and smoked mozzarella topped with anchovies, castelvetrano olives, capers, and chilies
  • Our Salsiccia Pizza with juicy fennel sausage, fresh sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and mozzarella

Locals and visitors alike rave about our famous Northern Italian pasta. We offer an array of mouthwatering selections that include:

  • Our Fettuccine con Zucca features fresh Fettuccine pasta, butternut squash, prosciutto di parma, wild mushrooms, Swiss chard, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Our Penne Arrabiata e Pancetta offers cured pork belly, cannellini beans, garlic, chili flakes, spicy Pomodoro, and parmesan over fresh penne pasta
  • Our Pollo salsa Bianca features grilled chicken breast, garlic, white wine, Alfredo cream sauce, and Parmigiano over fresh linguini pasta

December is the perfect time of year to indulge with one of Mia Francesca’s delicious desserts. This chilly winter season try our Apple Crostata with fresh local Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served warm with salted caramel gelato and vanilla crème anglaise. We are also open New Year’s Eve and as we nearing 2015. It is time to savor our Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with pumpkin spice cream cheese filling, graham cracker crust, and candied pumpkin seeds with vanilla anglaise.

Ho-ho-ho with more shopping to go; stop by and say hello! Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Here is our special menu for Christmas Eve in conjunction with our regular menu! Enjoy!

 

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Remember to get your holiday gift cards for friends, family, coworkers and neighbors! Who doesn’t like Italian gifts at Christmas?

A Mia Francesca’s Restaurants gift card is an excellent gift for any holiday season occasion. Our gift cards offer the convenience of a magnetic swipe card, similar to a debit card, and are redeemable at all of Francesca’s locations. Our gift cards never expire.

(Francesca’s Restaurants are not responsible if gift cards are lost or stolen, and they are not redeemable for cash.)

Your order will be processed with a phone call and mailed out via US Post Office anywhere in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about your order, please call (773) 334-8368 or click here to send us an email.

Send one as a Christmas gift, or buy one for yourself today… Ho Ho Ho!

 

The Best Wine and Dine Experience in Raleigh

Monday, August 11th, 2014

MFT wine bottles MFT Wikipedia Vineyards Chianti RegionDid you know that Italy is the top five for the most popular international tourist destinations in the world? That is no surprise to Mia Francesca Trattoria, the North Hills restaurant that features the best Tuscany-Italian cuisine in the Triangle. We are located next to the landmark Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel in Midtown Raleigh. Our culinary focus is a fresh farm and sea to table daily menu that is so authentic that many of our guests are convinced they are dining in foothills of Northern Italy.

In the home country of Italy, Tuscany is one of the most popular regions for tourists, locals, fine wines and delicious food. Tuscany is a large region in the Northwest that features a varied landscape from the beautiful foothills and mountains to the tranquil seaside. It’s travel attractions include historic cities like Florence where the arts, great wines, and spectacular local foods are the cornerstone of what the area is all about, from the medieval hill towns to the beautiful countryside.

The Chianti Classico wine region in Tuscany, a popular Italian vacation destination, lies between the larger cities of Florence and Siena. The Chianti region has picturesque villages, wineries, and gorgeous landscapes.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers three delightful and unforgettable Chianti red wine selections from our wine list:

  • Castello Sinnino Chianti Riserva
  • Ruffino Chianti Reserva Tan Label (2010)
  • Amadeo Chianti (2010)

Montepulciano is a beautiful walled city in Tuscany, built on a sloping and narrow limestone ridge. Montepulciano has one of the most impressive main squares in Tuscany and has many beautiful Renaissance buildings. The wines produced here are phenomenal. Wine lovers here in Raleigh can enjoy our superb Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano (2010).

After choosing a fine wine tableside, please select one of our delectable appetizers. For lunch or dinner, we offer the tastiest authentic Italian pizza and most heavenly authentic Italian pasta. Complete your epicurean experience with one of our divine desserts including our Dessert Platter; it is filled with Executive Chef Zach’s selection of the day’s temptations to share with up to ten people. No matter how you slice it, we love pleasing our guests with true Italian fanfare.

As the lazy hazy days of summer slowly draw to a close, enjoy our outdoor eating area and spend some time with us contemplating the day and the season. Treat yourself to the best. Treat yourself to Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills!

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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

 

 

6 Penne Pasta Dishes that are Perfetto!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Penne“Perfetto” means perfection in Italian, and nothing is truer for our patrons after they visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. Our authentic Tuscany Italian pasta gets always gets rave reviews from all of our guests. No fine Italian restaurant is ever complete without having an extensive pasta menu. And we offer many different kinds of delicious authentic Italian pasta, including the delicious penne dishes we serve here in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh.

Penne, given its practical design, is versatile pasta with a center and ridges that allow it to hold sauce;   Mia Francesca has several “perfetto” pasta dishes made with this wonderfully shaped penne pasta.

Here are six dishes from our gluten-free menu and all are tender and scrumptious!

  • Penne e Capesante: sea scallops, roasted baby artichokes, asparagus, white wine, spicy marinara on penne pasta
  • Penne alla Bolognese: beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano over penne pasta
  • Penne Aglio Olio: penne pasta sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, diced tomatoes, and sautéed spinach
  • Penne al Pomodoro: penne pasta sautéed in a spicy cherry tomato sauce with garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs
  • Penne alle Verdure: penne pasta sautéed with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, escarole, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts
  • Penne Amatriciana: Guanciale, Spanish onions, tomato basil sauce, olive oil, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano on penne pasta

Mia Francesca Trattoria simply has the best pasta in Raleigh!  We always serve it with the freshest farm to table ingredients.  All of our produce comes from fresh local farmer’s markets.  We are proud to continue to be an integral part of the got to be NC Agriculture program.  This program supports our community and our local Raleigh economy, and guarantees that we serve the best quality produce each and every day. Taste for yourself how wonderful our pasta dishes and our other authentic dishes are on our expansive Northern Italian menu! Remember we are just 20 minutes from anywhere in the Triangle; located just off the Raleigh Beltline (Exit 8A Six Forks Road). North Hills, the outdoor shopping area is the place to go for shopping, movie watching, pampering, and more!

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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

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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

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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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

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

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Phone: (919) 278-1525
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What Are You Doing in Raleigh on New Year’s Eve?

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Many of us have been so focused on Christmas Day and getting everything ready for friends and family that we have not been not quite focused on what we want to do New Year’s Eve. The counting down has begun for the best time of the year and Mia Francesca is the place to be on New Year’s Eve as we host a fun night of dining and enjoyment in the final hours of a great year. We will be offering a great New Years’s Eve menu of specials in conjunction with our New Years Dinner at Mia Francesca Raleighnormal dinner menu.

Located in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, we are the perfect romantic spot for couples to delight in the best New Year’s celebration ever. We are serving fine Italian wine, cold Italian beer, irresistible appetizers, authentic pizza and pasta, unforgettable desserts, and so much more.

New Year’s Eve is probably the world’s most celebrated night of the year, each and every year, with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the New Year starts throughout the world. The First Night Raleigh event in Downtown Raleigh with the Raleigh Acorn lowered to ring in 2014, is a “can’t miss” festival nearby. You can eat at Mia Francesca Trattoria and then head down for the performance and activities.

You can also plan a quieter evening sitting in our restaurant with the love of your life or with the best of friends enjoying the finest of authentic Italian cuisine.

Here is a sampling of our desserts:

  • Our Apple Crostata made with farm fresh Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served warm with vanilla gelato, caramel, and vanilla crème anglaise. 
  • Our Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake features pumpkin spiced latte filling in a cinnamon almond crust with amaretto crème anglaise, caramel, praline streusel, and whipped cream. 
  • If you both crave chocolate, you can share a Duo of Cannolis with your mate.  Our Cannolis have a pistachio ricotta filling, chocolate chips, pistachio orange brittle and a peanut butter mousse filling candied peanuts, and raspberry agrodolce

Dining at Mia Francesca’s is an experience you will want to have this New Year’s Eve and throughout the New Year!

Happy 2014 from Chef Zach, General Manager Justin Harkey, and all the fine staff members at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Make reservations now for to dine at Mia Francesca’s this New Year’s Eve.

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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

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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Phone: (919) 278-1525
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