Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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The Deep Traditions of Northern Italy are Found in the Heart of the Triangle

Monday, May 11th, 2015

ironchef-Zach-Rabbit2-650x346Spring flowers, quick showers, sunshine, and family gatherings mark the heart of spring in the Triangle, especially at Mia Francesca Trattoria. Bringing family and friends together as everything warms up nicely here in Raleigh is the plan. It’s time to enjoy an authentic Tuscany Italian celebration right here in Midtown.

Our professional kitchen staff’s mission is to bring farm fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses from our local farmer’s market and regional producers, and seafood fresh from the Atlantic Ocean, together on our ever changing menu to each and every one of our guests for family gatherings, anniversaries, festivities, and everyday meals. Executive Chef Zach VanGaasbeek, our award winning Iron Chef, selects only the best of the best (see picture); either locally grown in the Triangle region or North Carolina raised and especially prepared for our guest’s occasions, business meetings and dinner enjoyment. Spring and early summer are the perfect times of year to stop in for a cold drink, a glass of fine wine, and a stress reducing appetizer after work.

We love families here in Raleigh too, and our Tavoli di Amici, served around the table family style, is an Italian tradition and part of our growing success here at Mia Francesca Trattoria. Our guests always appreciate a delicious Northern Italian meal in our comfortable rustic atmosphere. It helps to bring out the best of the rest of the day. Our delicious pasta and sauces are very specially made, fresh from scratch and filled with flavor.

Our guests love our delicious homemade pastas seven days a week:

  • Fettuccine paired with peas, prosciutto di parma, wild mushrooms, pea shoots, shaved parmigiano reggiano
  • Linguini in an enticing dish fresh del Mare, from the sea, with Sea Scallops, gulf shrimp, mussels, spicy marinara, and olive oil
  • Penne combined with farm fresh vegetables and goat cheese, or with Gulf shrimp
  • Spaghetti served with traditional meatballs or with beef, veal, and pork in a tomato basil sauce
  • Cappellaci, a dumpling pasta stuffed with fresh lobster, spring peas, and baby spinach

Mia Francesca is centrally located in beautiful North Hills, within the backdrop of Raleigh’s most exciting open air shopping experience. We are found at the northwest corner of Six Forks and the 440 Beltline at 4100 Main at North Hills St. Remember, spring is the season to enjoy the outdoors; stop in, walk around in the sunshine, enjoy the spring air, visit our neighboring shops, and enjoy a great Tuscany Italian lunch or dinner with friends and family.

Being in and around Raleigh is always a lot of fun, and joining us in the heart of Midtown Raleigh to celebrate spring and early summer with all of its happy occasions will be something to enjoy and remember. After a long day of work, or during a warm weekend of relaxation, we want you as a guest. In the deep traditions of Northern Italy, we are proud to say we are Mia Francesca Trattoria!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria: Simple Rustic, and Authentic with real Italian Cuisine. Please check out the video demonstration of our IRON CHEF Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

 

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Enjoy the Warmth of the New Season with Dining in Midtown Raleigh

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

North-Raleigh-Italian-RestaurantAh, Tuscany in the springtime; we all can envision how beautiful Italy is in April. There is nothing like it. Yet, all of us know that the Triangle is one of the prettiest places in North Carolina to live and to dine.

It is time to celebrate the new season and warm weather at Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown Raleigh. Join us outside on our expansive patio and delight in dining al fresco, under the afternoon sun, the moon, the stars, and our magnificent trellis at Mia Francesca Trattoria. Winter is officially over. It’s time to soak up the fresh air and the great taste of our traditional selection of house made Italian dishes.

Just imagine the ambiance of Northern Italy that surrounds our guests as they dine in the warm evening air or lunch among the song birds and bright sunshine. The enticing aroma of our popular Northern Italian dishes, such as Penne Pesto Genovese, Spaghetti alla Bolognese, and Salsiccia Pizza, all made from fresh, local farm and coastal ingredients, puts everyone in the great mood of Italy.

Accompany a business lunch or relaxing dinner with Vino Rosso or Vino Blanco, by the glass or the bottle, personally selected from our extensive wine list. Wine always tastes better when it is enjoyed on our outdoor patio. On Mondays, the enjoyment is even better at Mia Francesca Trattoria by tasting our favorite wines at 50% off.

Mia Francesca Trattoria is conveniently located in the expansive open air shopping complex of North Hills, in the heart of Midtown Raleigh. Head to our part of the Capital City anytime and visit our vast array of themed shops and retail stores. Enjoy a visit to our restaurant, before or after shopping, and enjoy our refreshing gelati or sorbetti. One of the most popular choices for both large and small groups is to share a delicious homemade dessert platter with friends and family. Platters are sized just right for any group, from an intimate party of two or a group of ten.

Spring in the Triangle means mild temperatures and good food. Dining outdoors – al fresco – at Mia Francesca Trattoria is a great way to bring that bit of Tuscany home to the Triangle. Come out and join us each and every day.

Bold fresh flavors harvested from the local Farmer’s Market to the coast of North Carolina combine with our simple, rustic and authentic menu to bring something extra special to all of our guests. Spring is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the wonderful foods of the Tuscany Region of Italy right here in Midtown Raleigh. Fine Italian appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts combined with a glass of wine or a cold Peroni are the perfect way to celebrate the new warmth of the new season. Make Mia Francesca Trattoria a part of your spring dining plans. We define freshness for the Triangle. Step through the doors and into our Northern Italian culinary experience. Our guests are as important as the food we serve. Make a reservation, find a spot at the bar, or simple stop in. We have a smile and a good time planned for everyone.

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Enjoy our Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday May 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and our regular menu from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m  

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Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

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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

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A First Time Visit to Midtown Raleigh Means Great Times

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Calimari editedMia Francesca Trattoria insideIt is March! Spring is coming to the Triangle. Believe it or not the warmer weather will give us the opportunity to create new memories and catch up with family and friends we have not seen over the winter. With warm thoughts, we invite everyone who have never visited Midtown Raleigh to visit Mia Francesca in in North Hills for a leisurely lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.

The Capital City will soon be bustling with outdoor and warm weather activities. In North Hills, where Mia Francesca is located; there is a movie theater, various boutiques and shops, fitness centers, a Farmer’s Market and all come with plenty of parking.

Mia Francesca Trattoria, a Tuscany Italian restaurant, is right next to the luxurious Renaissance Hotel in the heart of the North Hills Mall complex. Our Northern Italian restaurant is a growing favorite among Triangle residents and is a big part of the family of Chicago based Italian eateries known for their hearty fresh farm to table cooking, large portions, and affordable prices. With a casually contemporary setting, and rustic environment, Mia Francesca offers good times and simple great food.

On a first visit, as the twin doors open wide into the restaurant lobby, our guests are greeted with warm smiles by our friendly and upbeat staff. Guests can choose their own seating, with our expansive outdoor area, the large dining room, upstairs on the second floor with an overhanging nook and a great view, or in our comfortable bar area. We offer plenty of choices for relaxation.

After settling in, it’s the perfect time to select a top shelf wine from Mia Francesca’s extensive European and American wine list with offerings from France, Italy and California. We also offer Monday through Friday drink specials as well. Our beer selection includes Italy’s own, Peroni Lager, among many other micro and macro brews.

Our personable and experienced award winning Iron Chef, Zach VanGaasbeek, and his culinary team prepare house made salads with asparagus, blue cheese and fresh tomatoes among other fresh ingredients. Our “from scratch” pizzas with fresh imported and domestic cheeses and herbs, are perfect for an informal gathering of people who want to leave satisfied.

Our eclectic, ever changing, all house made menu includes crowd favorites like our tasty Polo Arrosto alla Roamo (Mar-Jac Farm roasted chicken) and Spaghetti alla Bolognese, as well as the best Calamari fritti this side of San Francesco. Our fresh desserts offer the best of Italy with Tiramisu, our Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, and Apple Crostata.

After experiencing Tuscany Italian cuisine at its finest, and enjoying the warm and friendly ambiance of Mia Francesca in North Hills, our first time guests always tell friends and family and share the news of the very best of Italy right here in the Triangle. It is an important reason to come back to North Raleigh again and again. And after just one visit, our guests know they have enjoyed Mia Francesca in Midtown Raleigh, the very best of dining experiences.

After a hard day’s work or over a busy weekend, when the Triangle wants the best value and the best food and drink, make it a Northern Italian experience. There is always a good time to enjoy a great meal. The upcoming spring means there is a lot to celebrate with the new season.

Celebrate spring at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh!

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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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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!

 

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Buffet is a Holiday Feast

Monday, November 17th, 2014

dreamstime 34275484What could be better than eating Thanksgiving lunch or dinner prepared by expert professional chefs? Mia Francesca Trattoria of Midtown Raleigh in North Hills offers a bountiful kid-friendly Thanksgiving Day feast each year, and there is nothing in the Triangle like it for anyone of any age. We do all the holiday presentation, work and effort, so families and friends can enjoy spending time together. Our Thanksgiving Day Buffet Menu will please everyone, even the pickiest eater.

Everyone loves the Thanksgiving classics and we have as much of the traditional foods that anyone could enjoy! Everyone loves:

  • Delicious Traditional Stuffing with corn bread, brioche, bacon lardons, leeks, and poultry jus
  • Hearty Mashed Potatoes prepared to please the biggest crowd
  • Mashed Local Sweet Potatoes loaded with that homegrown North Carolina taste
  • Tasty Green Bean Casserole combined with wild mushrooms, cream sauce, and frazzled onions
  • Real Cranberry Sauce with fresh cranberries and citrus
  • Honey Baked Country Ham with maple, brown sugar, honey, and Dijon
  • Braised Turkey Leg slowly simmered with turkey jus and sage
  • Delicately Roasted Turkey Breast seasoned with lemon, rosemary, thyme, and garlic

Since we are an authentic Tuscan-Italian restaurant in the Triangle, we have added some Italian favorites to celebrate this American holiday:

  • Our Pasta con Mozzarella features our penne pasta with tomato basil sauce, parmesan, and fresh mozzarella
  • Our Pasta con Pollo includes grilled chicken, penne pasta, and pine nuts with a delectable basil cream sauce
  • Our Salmon con Porri features pan seared Atlantic salmon with leeks, wild mushrooms, and farm fresh chopped tomatoes

Kids of every age will love our unlimited salads, cheeses, jams, fresh fruit, mixed seasonal veggies, deviled eggs, collard greens, and warm rolls. Mia Francesca holiday desserts include pecan pie bars, pumpkin pie, apple pie, tiramisu, assorted cannolis, petit fours, and flourless chocolate cake.

Make Thanksgiving Day reservations for your family and friends and enjoy the rich holiday tradition of our unique eating and dining experience. We know we will see all of our Thanksgiving guests returning from last year’s buffet.

“Where do we eat Thanksgiving dinner this year Mom?” Our guess is 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

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Five Reasons Why Families Love Thanksgiving Day Buffets in the Triangle

Monday, November 10th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-thanksgiving-invitation-autumn-conceptual-illustration-creative-image36792295Thanksgiving Day is the only time of the year when we actually focus on all of our blessings. It is important to everyone in Raleigh and the surrounding towns to be focused on family togetherness and our many good fortunes. One of the best ways for Triangle friends and families to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday together is to let our Executive Chef Zack Van GaasBeek and his professional and experienced kitchen staff at Mia Francesca Trattoria, prepares our annual, bountiful and delicious Thanksgiving Day Buffet. While known around Raleigh for our phenomenal authentic Northern Italian cuisine, we also offer a huge variety of traditional favorites on this most special of American holidays.

According to the National Restaurant Association, 14 million people are expected to dine out this year on Thanksgiving. Join the crowd and make dining with us the new Thanksgiving tradition.

Executive Chef Zack offers five important reasons for enjoying the Mia Francesca Trattoria Thanksgiving Day Buffet:

  • We do all the work so families can enjoy warm conversations and an outstanding epicurean experience.
  • We eliminate any stress over menu planning and have our buffet ready when our guests show up.
  • No one will ever complain about our farm to table dining experience. Even the fussiest of holiday eaters will enjoy our palate-pleasing food.
  • We offer plenty of seating space for large groups of people; the kids always enjoy eating at the adult table.
  • Our attentive wait staff is available to assist everyone, whether guests are coming for lunch or dinner (open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Thanksgiving Day.

From our “made from scratch” salads, homemade dressings, imported cheeses, and fresh fruit to our fresh garden seasonal vegetables, green bean casserole and traditional stuffing, we have all of the traditional dishes. Fresh mashed potatoes, local sweet potatoes, honey-baked ham, braised turkey leg and roasted turkey breast, we have all the fixings that will make Grandma and Grandpa happy.   Our voluminous dessert selections include pecan pie bars, pumpkin pie, and apple pie as well as Italian tiramisu and assorted Cannolis!

Skipping the annual Thanksgiving stress and fuss with everyone in the house, can now be the new tradition of hopping in the car and heading to Thanksgiving headquarters, Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills. There is no need for anyone to experience anything but fun and good times on America’s favorite holiday. Plus, there is no cleaning up afterwards. Make new and exciting friend and family memories when dining at Mia Francesca Trattoria on Thanksgiving Day. We have something delicious for everyone in the Triangle. Set your GPS for Mia Francesca on Thanksgiving, 4100 Main at North Hills Street next to the beautiful Renaissance Hotel. Simply take 440 to exit 8B at Six Forks and the Beltline from anywhere in Wake County. We are only 20 minutes from everywhere and we want to give you, your friends and family a grand time.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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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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Italian Cuisine is Love at First Bite

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Mia FrancescaRomantic Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Italy’s picturesque seaside villages, breathtaking country sides, lakes, and historic cities are full of gorgeous surroundings and views. While Mia Francesca Trattoria is located in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills, our fine Italian cooking and ambiance transports our guests to an authentic Italian experience that shares the heart of Northern Italy. When they take their first taste, it is love at first bite.

Our trained professional chefs, like our Head Chef Zach, teach that it is all about the quality and freshness of the delicious ingredients that are used. One of our visitor’s favorites is Fagiolini Insalata, with farm-to-table fresh string beans, outstanding onions, and tasty tomatoes. It is delicious as well as in true Italian in green, white, and red colors.

A conversation involving Italian food and culture must always include the love of fine wine. We offer three recommended Italian red wines to enjoy along with a fantastic Mia Francesca meal pairing:

  • Villa Girardi Amarone: produced in the northern Veneto region near Venice pairs well with our Filletto con Patate—grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary potatoes, fennel gratin, and garlic herb butter
  • Chiarlo “Totoniano” Barolo Nebbiolo: made in the Lange Hills of the Piedmont, is a perfect accompaniment to our Shrimp e Piselli Risotto which features Arborio rice, gulf shrimp, spring peas, asparagus, lemon, garlic, basil, and pea shoots
  • Castello Sinnino Chianti Riserva: produced in Tuscany, in central Italy near Florence, is one of the most well-known Italian wines in the world; it pairs nicely with our Spaghetti alla Bolognese which masterfully combines beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we do the gourmet Italian cooking so our guests can enjoy the experience right beside their special someone. Now that’s amore! After all, what is better than love at first bite?

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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 Freshest Fish in the Triangle Prepared the Italian Way

Monday, June 9th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-vintage-fresh-fish-seafood-stamps-image25036883Where can the most die-hard food lover here in North Carolina find the freshest fish? At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we pride ourselves in serving only the freshest of fare. Our produce is farm-to-table garden-crisp and our fish is dock-to-dish fresh! We are the largest restaurant in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills and our sources supply us with the best fish, meat, vegetables and dairy products.

Did you realize that eating fish is very healthy for you? It is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12). The abundant content of omega-3 fatty acids in fish receives the most attention by doctors and the press. It is good to know that the fish we serve at Mia Francesca is not only fresh and delicious, but nutritious as well!

Our fish dishes are always extremely popular and our guests enjoy our healthy entrees that both taste and look good. Our Salmon con Farro is grilled salmon, ancient grain farro, radiccio, spring onions, citrus, grilled lemon vinaigrette, and salsa verde. Our Striped Bass con Farro, is pan seared striped bass that we serve with ancient grain faro, radiccio, spring onions, citrus, grilled lemon vinaigrette, and salsa verde. Our Salmon Asparagi con Granchi features grilled salmon, blue crab, wild mushrooms, fresh asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, white wine, garlic, lemon and balsamic; it is the best of blend of fish and veggies.

Our wine list is extensive and we recommend pairing a rose wine with your salmon. The dry, mineral driven character and typically acute acidity in rose wines make for an exceptionally accommodating salmon pairing partner.

Our Syrah wine collection has some delightful rose wine bottles:

  • Dog Ridge “The Pup” McLaren Vale, Australia
  • Wakefield Estate, 2009, Clare Valley, Australia
  • Casa Rivas Gran Reserva, 2009, Argentina

We get our fish fresh from the local markets. Guests can relax and enjoy warm conversations with family and friends while our award-winning kitchen does an amazing job preparing these delectable entrees. Be assured that everyone who visits Mia Francesca in North Hills Midtown Raleigh can expect nothing less than the freshest of fish with every culinary experience. Make reservations today as we reel in your glorious meal!

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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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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

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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