Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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What Makes Northern Italian Cuisine So Popular in the Triangle?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-coliseum-italian-flag-image7768095The aromas, the ambiance, and the bold, fresh flavors of excellent Italian fare bring people together for the great food and the good times. Here in the Triangle, the perfect place is always nearby, just minutes from everywhere. It’s time to step into Northern Italy and the welcoming doors of Mia Francesca.

Mia Francesca Trattoria’s Tuscany Italian cuisine represents every traditional family value found in the Mother Country of Italy. It is an historic fact that Italian cooking over the centuries has reflected the true spirit of Italian life and culture; the food is both unique and very special. At Mia Francesca, we focus on recipes that remind us of the famous Tuscany Region of Italy; from the small villages in the foothills where our farm to table menu gets its inspiration, to the Italian people themselves; who have helped us create the culinary masterpieces offered by our professional chefs each and every day.

Our Italian food is unpretentious, yet delicious with many or our presentations having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooking can taste delightful without being complicated or over done with spices and sauces. Our menu has an epicurean elegance based on simplicity, vibrant subtleties, and variety. Our expansive menu always features new dishes as well, often on a daily basis.

In general, Italy is a diverse country boasting an equally diverse cuisine. Italian food is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of taste, and it is probably the most popular in the world, with a multitude of influences abroad. Here in the Triangle at Mia Francesca, Italian cuisine can be enjoyed by everyone, not just people of Italian heritage. Simplistic variety makes the difference.

Our talented kitchen staff, led by our Executive Chef Zach prepares everything with the focus on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Italian cooking at Mia Francesca places the highest priority on the use of fresh, seasonal produce which distinguishes the true cuisine of Italy.

Here are just five of our most popular Italian dishes at Mia Francesca Trattoria:

  • Bruschetta alla Romana: garlic toast, marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil
  • Caesar Salad: hearts of Romaine, garlic, croutons, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers
  • Naplotena Pizza: arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved parmesan
  • Spaghetti alla Bolognese: beef, veal, and pork meatballs, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tiramisu: espresso and Kahlua soaked lady fingers with lightly sweetened marscapone cream and cocoa powder

Our Northern Italian cuisine includes some of the most wonderful meals in the Triangle. While Italian cooking may have long been considered mainstream here in the United States, not all local restaurants serve true Italian cuisine. Mia Francesca Trattoria is proud to stay true to our Italian roots. It is what we are each and every day. A great value and a great experience make our rustic Northern Italian restaurant a great place to enjoy time and again.

We always focus on our roots. What was perfected in Italy is brought to the Triangle for each and every guest! Take the moment and walk through our front doors into Northern Italy.

Join us for our Easter Brunch and Buffet on Easter Sunday, April 5th! Call us today for your reservations.

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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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Italian Comfort Food in the Capital City and the Triangle

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Mia F brushettaNorthern Italian food is extremely popular here in North Carolina and across the United States. Actually, when we think about it, tasting great Italian food fills all of us with good thoughts. Who doesn’t like bowls of pasta and hearty sauces? Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, is a true Tuscany  Italian restaurant that focuses on both the mood and food. The best of Italy is right around the corner for many Triangle residents. Raleigh’s 440 Beltline at Six Forks (North Hills) is the world headquarters for Italian comfort food and all the benefits.

Each fresh seasonal menu creation comes to every table expertly served by our professional staff; and our culinary team uses only farm and ocean fresh ingredients to produce all of our “made from scratch” favorites. Executive Chef Zack VanGaasbeek and his entire Mia Francesca team are dedicated to the fine art of Italian cooking and pleasing our guests with the finest preparations available.

Mia Francesca believes in comfort food where an occasional, even weekly indulgence puts a smile on every guest. We always remember that comfort food just tastes good. Recent studies have suggested that the foods we love, both the healthy foods and the comfort cravings, improve our moods, create positive thoughts, and promote a great well-being. Food and mood do not just rhyme. They go together.

There is a great variety of Tuscany inspired Italian food here at Mia Francesca Trattoria. We offer several menus for our honored guests:

  • Lunch: Savor our marvelous Meat and Cheese Board, crisp Caesar Salad, and popular Italian pizza
  • Dinner: Experience our unique Lamb Meatballs, fresh Dinner Salad, and cheesy Chicken Parmesan
  • Gluten-free : Whether by choice or by necessity and dietary lifestyle, we offer an array delicious choices, guaranteed to wow everyone
  • Kids: We offer our tender pasta, cheese pizza, and chicken with fries
  • Weekend Brunch: Every weekend, we offer an enormous selection for Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check out our freshly-squeezed orange juice, House Buttermilk Pancakes, and Cheesy Polenta
  • Wine List: Our premium list of selective wines from all over the world create a picture of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards; our choices are available by the glass or by the bottle and we offer Monday specials; 50% off all wines every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Dolci: Our classic Italian desserts (like Tiramisu) and other very popular dessert favorites, like Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake just make for sweet comfort. We even offer a Dessert Platter of our chef’s assorted selections for the whole table to enjoy

Additionally, our restaurant options give our guests a lot of choices for the good times:

  • Private Catering: Mia Francesca services the local North Raleigh and Capital City area
  • Private Events: Get togethers, gatherings, parties, formal business meetings and even regal wedding celebrations are welcomed by our staff with open arms
  • Gift Cards: Pick one up for friends and families to enjoy as a surprise or as a gifts to all those who find comfort in great Italian food and atmosphere!

Our comfortable, yet elegant, surroundings have gained a popular following in the Triangle area. Guests appreciate Mia Francesca Trattoria’s fine Italian cuisine. And we appreciate the fact that food and mood indeed go together! From healthy to just plain tastes good, come to Mia Francesca in North Raleigh!

What are you doing on Easter Sunday? We would love to see you.

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Enjoy our Easter Brunch and Lunch on Sunday April 5th and enjoy a great time with family and friends!

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

Photo: Mia Francesca Trattoria

 

 

Bring the Whole Bunch to Our Delicious Brunch in Midtown Raleigh

Monday, January 12th, 2015

MFT Bruschetta alla RomanaThe Holiday Season is over; yet, the family wants to continue to do things together and have some fun. We have a great suggestion. How about weekend brunch in Midtown Raleigh? If getting together means finding the best place to enjoy brunch in the Triangle, go no further than Mia Francesca Trattoria. Located in the North Hills complex in Midtown at North Hills, our authentic Tuscan influenced restaurant is open for a delectable Northern Italian brunch both weekend days, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Add some pizzazz to your weekends by taking the whole bunch to our tasty brunch.

Start the Mia Francesca experience with fresh and succulent fruit juices (orange, cranberry, tomato, pineapple, or grapefruit).

For adults, we offer the following libations served after Noon on Sunday:

  • Mimosa (a combination of champagne and orange juice)
  • Bellini (mixture of prosecco and peach puree)
  • Italian Sunset (Vodka, limoncello, Aperol, and finished with orange juice)

Mia Francesca specializes in a variety of scrumptious appetizers and savory salads for brunch as well. Try our delicious Spinaci aglio e olio (sautéed baby spinach, garlic, olive oil and lemon) and our crisp Bruschette all Romana (garlic toast, marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil). Enjoy our “gotta try” Asparagi Insalata (asparagus, blue cheese, and tomato) and our very popular Caesar Salad (hearts of romaine, garlic, croutons, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers).

The Mia Francesca brunch experience features our palate-pleasing pizza, pasta, and Panini, including:

  • Salsiccia Pizza (fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and mozzarella)
  • Spaghetti Bolognese (beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • Pollo Parmesan Panini (breaded chicken breast, tomato basil sauce, shredded mozzarella inside toasted ciabatta with a side of French Fries)

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers tremendously tasty breakfast items during our brunch as well. Our Frittata Saltimbocca features baked frittata style eggs, prosciutto, sage, vine ripe tomatoes, fontina, basil hollandaise, and fresh arugula. Our House Buttermilk Pancakes piles it on with honey ricotta, mixed berries, maple syrup, and chestnut honey. Our guests love coming at brunch time for our variety of amazing choices. Bring the whole bunch to our mouthwatering brunch! The families that eat together enjoy the good times each and every weekend at Mia Francesca.

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Mia Francesca Trattoria, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”. Stop into Mia Francesca in North Hills to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter NOW 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.

Stop in to win! Tuscan Vacation

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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

Photo: Dreamstime, 1642055

 

 

 

 

Savor the Triangle’s Tastiest Thanksgiving Day Feast Right Here in Raleigh

Monday, October 27th, 2014

thanksgiving tradition turkeyEveryone here in the Triangle loves turkey. It is the historic Thanksgiving staple on every North Carolina table. At the very first Thanksgiving in 1621, it was one of the only meats readily available and plentiful enough to provide continuous meals for the event that lasted several days. The Pilgrims and Puritans and the local peoples celebrated the rich bountiful harvest produced near Plymouth (now present day Massachusetts).

Speaking of traditions, 2014 is the 70th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade that always, very surprisingly, happens on the Saturday before Thanksgiving each and every year in Downtown Raleigh. 65,000 people from across the Triangle around the 1.4 mile parade route will be cheering and looking for Santa Claus. There is time that Saturday to watch the 2.5 hour morning parade which starts at 9:40 a.m. and then dine with us for lunch or dinner on the way home. You can discuss which floats were the best while enjoying our delicious, farm fresh weekend cuisine.

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we offer a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Buffet on the holiday itself, Thursday November 27. This is our annual Thanksgiving Day Feast here at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh and the harvest is plentiful and the celebration all day from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

All the time-honored fresh holiday fixings will be present in our Thanksgiving Day Buffet:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed North Carolina Sweet Potatoes
  • Traditional Stuffing
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Braised Turkey Leg, Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Honey Baked Ham

We have it all!

Our Thanksgiving Day Buffet also features a wonderful Fresh Fruit Display as well as our farm to table Mixed Seasonal Vegetables.

Mia Francesca Trattoria also presents:

  • Autumn Salad: mixed greens, local apples, pears, candied walnuts, goat cheese, apple cider vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad: hearts of romaine, garlic croutons, shave Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Antipasti Display: imported cheeses, charcuterie, marinated artichoke hearts, seasonal jams, spiced pecans, and herbed crostini roasted bell peppers

Of course, we are a Northern Italian restaurant, and pasta lovers will enjoy our Pasta con Mozzarella with penne pasta, tomato basil sauce, parmesan, and fresh mozzarella; as well as our Pasta con Pollo with grilled chicken, penne pasta, pine nuts, and a smooth basil cream sauce. Dessert lovers will love our almost countless divine dessert selections! Let Mia Francesca do the cooking and cleaning so making precious holiday memories with family and friends are easier than ever.

Make your Thanksgiving reservation today so all of the family and long-time friends can come to Raleigh and enjoy the North Hills Holiday experience! Call us today!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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

Photo: Dreamsttime, 4986598