Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

Posts Tagged ‘cheese’

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

The Vibrant Farmers’ Market and Great Italian Food Go Well Together

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Market Pizza midtownfarmersmarketAt Mia Francesca Trattoria, we take pride in using only the freshest of ingredients from local farms for every single one of our Italian culinary presentations. It is with this spirit of community is mind that we encourage you to visit the thriving Midtown Farmers’ Market right here at North Hills every single weekend. This lively neighborhood market is open from now until November 1 (8 am to noon) at the Commons at North Hills. And we would love a visit to our authentic Northern Italian restaurant to enjoy the farm to table fresh food while visiting the market.

It is important to note that the market is open only to growers; the vendors at the Midtown Farmers’ Market must sell products and produce that they themselves have produced. This means that the vendors have great knowledge of what they have grown.

Our farm rich menu at Mia Francesca’s includes:

  • Asparagi Insalata—one of our superb Italian salads with asparagus, blue cheese, and tomato
  • Vegetable Panino—comes with grilled squash, fresh Portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, wild arugula, lemon ricotta, and ciabatta
  • Spinaci aglio e olio—fresh sautéed baby spinach, garlic, olive oil, and lemon
  • Spring Pizza—with fresh garlic, peas, asparagus, local pea shoots, mozzarella, and espellette

The Farmer’s Market provides our local and regional community with a wide array of interesting product:

  • With plentiful access to healthful food options including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, handmade canned goods free of preservatives
  • An opportunity to buy local, family-farmed foods from almost fifty vendors selling farm-fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheese, baked goods, and other specialty foods and crafts
  • Natural farm fresh foods grown to sustain our land and our health
  • Educational opportunities to learn about sustainable farming methods, the importance of family farmland and growing practices

It is not unusual to see Chef Zack and other kitchen staff walking through the market looking for lunch and dinner ingredients. Come visit Mia Francesca and be assured the freshest is always at your service.

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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: Midtown Farmer’s Market