Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Our Sweets and Valentine’s Month Make Delicious Partners Together

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

word sweetThere is no better time than February, the month of romance and Valentine’s Day, to celebrate with fresh homemade desserts. Many folks in the Triangle always order the sweet courses when they enjoy an afternoon or evening out, so we are calling out to all dessert lovers to enjoy the finest sweets at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Our popular Tuscany Italian restaurant offers a wide and delicious array of desserts for every taste. We are conveniently located in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills, just twenty minutes away from everything in the Triangle, and we would love a visit. Our ever changing farm to table restaurant menu, with fresh selections from the sea as well, offers guests a fun and relaxing dining experience. Our delicious desserts just make it even better.

The Mia Francesca seasonal desserts, all homemade recipes that promote great times and and sharing, include these sweet and truly Italian treats:

  • Apple Crostata with local Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served warm with salted caramel gelato and vanilla crème anglaise.
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake comes with Pumpkin Spice cream cheese filling, graham cracker crust, candied pumpkin seeds, and vanilla anglaise.
  • Our Profiteroles are delicate cream puffs toasted and filled with pistachio gelato and drizzled with chocolate sauce on top.
  • Our local Raleigh favorite, Tiramisu (Italian for “pick me up”) features espresso and kahlua soaked ladyfingers with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder.
  • Our Torta Bacio with chocolate-hazelnut moose, cocoa nibs, and chocolate crunch as well as our Affogato, which is toasted almond gelato, Espresso, and chocolate chip vanilla biscotti.

For the special “more sweets please” crowd, and all those guests in the Triangle who simply cannot decide on just one sweet selection; we offer our delectable Dessert Platters, with assorted Executive Chef selections designed for sharing for up to ten friends and family.

As our guests celebrate with our delicious Italian desserts, Mia Francesca Trattoria offers soothing Italian Illy brand coffee. Our full-flavored coffee choices simply warm the hearts and set the mood for parties of two or more. Our classic coffees include cappuccino, espresso, caramel macchiato, mocha-cino, Americana, and Café Latte. All our coffee is also available in decaffeinated form as well. Enjoy stimulating conversations while enjoying warm beverages that are both simple and unique. Our divine desserts and fresh coffee make a sweet partnering to our mouthwatering meals.

With Saturday February 14th right around the corner, Mia Francesca Trattoria is the right restaurant for beginning or rekindling romance. Make reservations early for Valentine’s Day to take your sweetheart out for a night to remember! Call us at 919 278 1525.

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Mia Francesca Trattoria located in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”.

Stop into Mia Francesca NOW to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter through February 28th. Please check out these details. Triple your chance to win during Valentine’s Day week! The winner will be announced on March 2.

Tuscany Vacation Giveaway

Stop in and win!

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

 

 

The Triangle’s Ultimate Italian Seafood Experience

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Mia-Francesca-Raleigh-Pan-Seared-ScallopsPeople who dine at Mia Francesca Trattoria agree that we serve only the best authentic Northern Italian cuisine in the Triangle. That is why so many people enjoy coming back to our restaurant again and again. We are located a short distance from everywhere in the Triangle at North Hills Midtown Raleigh; the area is filled with terrific shopping, specialty shoppes, boutiques, fitness centers, and movie theaters. While many North Carolinians think pizza and pasta when they think Italian food, some might be surprised to know that we are famous for our fresh seafood as well.

In Italy, the domestic diet relies heavily on the richness of the Mediterranean Sea, which surrounds the entire peninsula. From the consumption of small fish along the shore to commercially organized fisheries in the larger markets of Milan and Rome, fish is one of the most important aspects of the Italian heritage. With this history in mind, Mia Francesca offers a superb variety of luscious seafood dishes.

Our specialties include succulent Shrimp e Piselli Risotto, which features fresh gulf shrimp with flavorful asparagus, lemon, garlic, basil, pea shoots, on a bed of Arborio rice. Our Sea Scallop Fagioli is offered with delicious pan seared sea scallops, white beans, fresh artichokes, baby spinach, balsamic, and saba. Our Striped Bass con Farro delights Triangle taste buds with pan seared striped bass, ancient grain faro, radiccio, spring onions, citrus, grilled lemon vinaigrette, and salsa verde.

In addition to our fresh shrimp, sea scallops, and bass, our Lobster Cappellacci brings to the table fresh Maine lobster filled with fresh pasta, spring peas, baby spinach, tarragon, and a rich lobster cream sauce. Finally, our incredible Salmon con Farro comes with flavorful grilled salmon, ancient grain faro, radiccio, spring onions, citrus, grilled lemon vinaigrette, and salsa verde.

Be ready to save room for one of our Italian heritage desserts! We welcome first time guests to North Hills and just know the experience will make Mia Francesca a regular experience in the future.

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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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Mother’s Day Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Mom DT 30267086Did you know the year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day as an official day of recognition? President Woodrow Wilson signed a holiday measure naming the second Sunday of May a day for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country” in 1914.

Moms and America have a great history! Our best memories often contain the thoughts of the wonderful lady who gave birth to us, comforted us when we were sick or sad, and gave us advice as we grew. Mother’s Day is a special time of honor.

It is with this very popular holiday in mind that Mia Francesca Trattoria celebrates this very special event with a marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch.

Bring Mom and the rest of your family to dine with us for a brunch everyone will enjoy and remember. We are located in the North Hills shopping area of Midtown Raleigh. Your family will appreciate our delicious authentic Northern Italian cuisine. And we offer farm to table freshness with every aspect of the meal prepared by our classically trained culinary chefs. Come enjoy unique one-of-a-kind offerings in our friendly and rustic atmosphere.

In Italy, just like in the Triangle, Mom is the heart of everything. Much of life centers around the family dining together. The deepest ties of love and friendship are developed and strengthened while enjoying conversation, laughter and togetherness. Grow closer together celebrating Mother’s Day at Mia Francesca Trattoria. You will love the experience.

Our Mother’s Day Brunch includes these four wonderfully delicious entrées. Our Salmon comes with wild mushrooms, local green garlic, chopped tomatoes, and balsamic. Our savory Chicken Piccata features pan-seared chicken breasts, capers, lemon juice, garlic, and white wine sauce. Our succulent Roasted Pork Loin Pancetta comes with Spanish onions, thyme, garlic, and pork jus. And our tender Prime Rib comes sliced to order with horseradish cream and natural jus.

Make every day a holiday with us. No matter the occasion, we have several private dining areas available for celebrations and events that include:

  • Wedding rehearsal dinners
  • Family reunions
  • Birthday parties
  • Anniversary celebrations
  • Retirement send-offs
  • Bat Mitzvahs
  • Bar Mitzvahs
  • Baptisms
  • First Communions
  • Confirmations
  • Networking events
  • Quarterly Meetings

Our outdoor patio is delightful to use during this time of year. Mom and the whole family will love you when you suggest everyone dine at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

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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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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Brunch in Raleigh

Monday, April 28th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-happy-mother-s-day-image4986598Are you looking for the perfect restaurant to take Mom for her very special day on Sunday May 11th?  The family needs to look no further than Mia Francesca Trattoria the best brunch experience in the Triangle. Just take the North Hills exit off Hwy 440 in Midtown and enjoy the finest selection for this traditional holiday.

 We have a Mother’s Day Brunch happening on Sunday May 11th from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Buffet Menu for Mother’s Day Brunch Raleigh

Spinach  Salad

Baby spinach, local strawberries, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, balsamic, olive oil

Caesar Salad

Hearts of romaine, garlic croutons, shaved Parmigiano Regginao

Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad

Fresh asparagus, prosciutto di parma, olive oil, aged balsamic

Caprese Salad

Vine ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil

Fresh Fruit Display

Seasonal fresh fruit

Antipasti Display

Imported Cheeses, charcuterie, artichoke hearts, seasonal jams, spiced pecans, herbed crostinis

Scrambled Eggs

 Farm fresh NC grown!

Vanilla Bean French Toast

Vanilla bean batter soaked bread, warm maple syrup, blueberry basil compote

Florentine Frittata

Baked frittata style eggs, creamed baby spinach, parmesan, ricotta, pecarino

Rosemary and Parmesan roasted red bliss potatoes

Fried diced potatoes, caramelized onions and peppers, parmesan

Applewood Smoked Bacon

Italian Sausage

Classic Bruchette

Garlic Toast, marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil

Italian “Deviled” Eggs

Hard boiled eggs, basil, prosciutto, castelvetrano olives, paprika

Mixed seasonal vegetables

Mother’s Day Brunch in Raleigh Entrees

Pasta con Pollo

Grilled chicken, penne pasta, tomato cream sauce

Pasta di Verdure

Mixed seasonal vegetables, penne pasta,  lemon herb broth, parmigiano

Shrimp and Grits

Baby shrimp, local stone ground grits, balsamic, roasted bell peppers

Florentine Frittata

Baked frittata style eggs, creamed baby spinach, parmesan, ricotta, pecarino

Salmon

Wild Mushrooms, local green garlic, chopped tomatoes, balsamic

Chicken Piccata

Pan Seared chicken breasts, capers, lemon juice, garlic, and white wine sauce

Roasted Pork Loin Pancetta

Pancetta, Spanish onion, thyme, garlic, pork jus

Prime Rib

Sliced to order prime rib, horseradish cream, natural jus

Mother’s Day Brunch in Raleigh Desserts

Seasonal Fruit Tarts

Key Lime Bars

Tiramisu

Miniature Fruit Tarts

Assorted Cannoli’s

Torta della Nonna

Assorted Cookies

Petit Fours

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Our ultimate and bountiful Mother’s Day Brunch menu has something delightful for Mom and the entire clan including four deliciously healthy salads.  Our famous Mother’s Day standard is our delectable Vanilla Bean French Toast featuring vanilla bean batter soaked bread, warm maple syrup, and blueberry basil compote.  Our palate-pleasing Florentine Frittata has baked frittata style eggs, creamed baby spinach, parmesan, ricotta cheese, and pecarino.  Meat lovers will love our hearty Applewood Smoked Bacon and our famous Italian sausage.

Mother’s Day Brunch also includes a presentation of entrees like as our superb Pasta con Pollo that is tender grilled chicken, penne pasta, and a fabulous tomato cream sauce.  We offer Shrimp and Grits— our special North Carolina favorite loaded with succulent baby shrimp, local stone ground grits, balsamic, and roasted bell peppers.

Finish your meal with multitude of amazing desserts including Seasonal Fruit Tarts and Key Lime Bars as well as Italian desserts like Tiramisu and Assorted Cannoli’s.  Mom will feel so honored and she will love you more for it.

Contact us below to make your reservations today. Mom deserves the best of Italy on her day of honor! See you soon.

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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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Enjoy Tuscany Wines from Mia Francesca Trattoria

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

North Raleigh Italian Restaurant

The Tuscany region of Italy, and the wonderful city of Florence are both known as historic centers for the arts, the old world influence, and the Italian Renaissance; yet it is the special wines and the delicious food that bring millions of visitors to Tuscany each and every year.

Experience the tastes and passion of authentic Tuscany cuisine right here in Triangle, without ever buying that plane ticket and heading to Italy on vacation. Mia Francesca Trattoria, in North Hills Midtown Raleigh, invites everyone to enjoy our own unique cultural and culinary delights as they dine with us. Our professional trained chefs, and the  authentic food we prepare fresh each and every day, will ensure a unique epicurean experience for every guest. In addition to our flavorful entrees and appetizers, the gathering of friends, family, and business associates is always a great idea; unwind and enjoy a glass of wine from our selective list.

The Italian wine industry, especially in the northwest regions of Italy, has experienced an exhilarating revival over the past years that truly set it apart from other wine producing nations.  In fact, each year, one in fifty Italians is involved with the grape harvest and wine production.  Italy continues to produce some of the best wines found anywhere.

The Tuscany Region has always been one of the finest wine producing areas in both Italy and the world.  The Tuscany growers are among the most modernized in the world.  The popular wines produced here include: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers the finest Italian red and white wines that come from this elite Italian wine region that is known for both rarity and quality.

Here are four additional classic Italian wines we serve:

  • Le Macine: dry, medium-bodied, crisp acidity; a traditional Italian Pinot Grigio with fresh scents of peach and flowers
  • Ca’ Stella:   light, crisp, and dry; complemented by an aroma of lemon, green apple and blossoms
  • Baroncini Vernaccia::pleasant acidity, slightly salty; scent of green apples and lemon
  • Santa Sofia Soave: dry, crisp, fruity white wine; refreshing appeal

The Italian proverb, “Amico e vino vogliono essere vecchi” literally translates to “Friends and wine they want to be old.”  This proverb means that old friends, like old wine, are best!  When dining at Mia Francesca Trattoria, everyone will agree that we serve the best Italian wine and cuisine— Bon Appétit!

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Join us on Easter Sunday!

April 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mia Francesca Trattoria,
4100 Main At North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609 United States

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Mia Francesca Trattoria Easter Buffet Come join us for our Easter Brunch Buffet in Raleigh, NC. We will be offering farm fresh NC grown items on our Easter menu.  $39.95 For Adults – $34.95 For Seniors 65 & Older – $18 for Children under Twelve  – Free for Kids Under 5 – 10am to 4pm

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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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Dine at Mia Francesca Trattoria in Fabulous North Hills!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

feelart VDDid you know that North Hills is the one of the best shopping and dining locations in the Triangle? The expansive mixed use development is located in the thriving Midtown section of Raleigh, where there many things to see and do across our shops, boutiques and gathering places.

One of the best pleasures in North Hills is enjoying a fine and memorable dining experience. Nowhere else in the Triangle, can visitors enjoy stepping through polished doors and walking into the Tuscany Region of Northern Italy for everything from delicious wines to unbelievable desserts. Mia Francesca Trattoria is that experience. We are proud to be one of the premier eateries in the area that serves authentic Northern Italian fare in the region.

Today, we offer two great opportunities to stop in and enjoy our wonderful menu!

  • Until Monday, February 10, at 5 p.m., couples can enter the Mia Francesca Trattoria Most Endearing Couple Photo Contest. Just click on the link to register!
  • On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, we offer our special Valentine’s Day Menu created for every sweetheart’s appetite.

February is a great month to stop in and enjoy an appetizer, a comfortable lunch meeting, or a splendid dinner. Our pastas are made from scratch, our expresso is smooth and bold, and the wonderful gelato puts a smile on every face at the table.

Before or after your Mia Francesca dining experience, everything you need is just a short walk in any direction right here in North Hills.

At Mia Francesca, we feature classically trained culinary staff, talented chefs, Carolina’s freshest farm cultivated fruits and vegetables, an excellent wine collection, satisfying Italian dishes, private dining areas, attentive service, a unique commitment to excellence, and a complete dedication to our guests’ enjoyment every moment they are in our presence.

Make your reservations now!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Romance is in the air and Mia Francesca is the perfect place for this year’s memories.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone across Central North Carolina from your friends at Mia Francesca Trattoria in the HEART of the Triangle!

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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Biscotti Recipe: How to Make Traditional Italian Biscotti the Mia Francesca Trattoria Way

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Biscotti Recipe for Traditional Italian Biscotti the Mia Francesca Trattoria Way

Biscotti recipes are everywhere, but our Chef Zach shows you how to make Italian biscotti the authentic traditional way, like we do here at Mia Francesca Trattoria. Please see the video demonstration and print out the biscotti recipe below. Entertain your friends with biscotti on their next dinner at your place!

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Biscotti Ingredients

1 1/2 cups pistachios 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Biscotti Recipe Preparations

Bake the pistachios on a sheet pan in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until the nuts are lightly toasted. Remove from the oven. In an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. With the mixer running, gradually add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla; mix until creamed, use a spatula to move excess down of the sides. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt slowly to the mix while the mixer is running. Mix the dough until smooth. Using your hand, mix in the pistachios until evenly distributed. Put the biscotti dough on a lightly floured surface and cut in half. Roll each half into a log, each 12 inches long by 1-inch high. Place the logs on an ungreased sheet pan and bake for 35 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly brown. Let the logs cool for 5 minutes and then place on a cutting board. Slice each log on a diagonal into 12 1-inch thick pieces. Put the biscotti back on the sheet pan and bake 5 minutes. Turn the Biscotti over and bake the other side for another 5 minutes. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

**Mia Francesca Trattoria, 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.

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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