Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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In the Triangle, Italian Food and Fine Wine Make All the Difference

Monday, February 16th, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-still-life-red-wine-barrels-image13184429Something magical happens when the perfect combination of flavors in wine highlight, enhance, and harmonize with the flavors of fine Italian food. Like a passionate couple in love, the pairing of the right wine and the right meal can bring both flavor and excitement to an evening out. Mia Francesca Trattoria, our Northern Italian restaurant located in Midtown Raleigh North Hills, suggests an array of wine pairings with many items found on our menu; from our savory chicken to our seasoned grilled fish and palate-pleasing pasta dishes.

Our Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse Chardonnay from Burgundy, France perfectly complements the following Mia Francesca Trattoria chicken entrees:

  • Pollo salsa Bianca: grilled chicken breast, garlic, white wine, Alfredo cream sauce, Parmigiano, and linguini pasta
  • Pollo Arrosto alla Romano: roasted chicken, white wine, garlic, chili flakes, rosemary herb roasted potatoes
  • Pollo Piccata: pan seared chicken breast, garlic, white wine, capers, lemon, linguini aglio e Olio

Mia Francesca features two Pinot Grigio Italian bottled wines from Veneto. Our Le Macine and Ca’ Stella pair splendidly with our two delectable grilled fish entrees:

  • NC Trout: grilled North Carolina trout, cauliflower puree, tri-color cauliflower, golden raisins, baby spinach, and aged balsamic
  • Salmon Caponata: grilled salmon with farm fresh winter vegetables, eggplant, capers, fennel, olive oil, balsamic, and tomato

Both our St. Francis Old Vine Zinfandel from Sonoma, California and our Castella Sinnino Chianti Riserva pair well with the following pasta dishes:

  • Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs in a tasty tomato basil sauce
  • Penne Pastore: fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and tomato basil sauce over our penne pasta
  • Pollo al Parmesan features breaded chicken breasts, tomato basil sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and Linguini agli e olio

Remember, pairing and weight go hand-in-hand; lighter wines with lighter fare, robust wines with robust fare, and so on. It is important to look for a wine with flavor and aroma characteristics that invoke the traditions and taste of our Tuscany Italian entrées. Mia Francesca has an expansive fine wine list to consider and our Tuscany Italian fare partners very nicely with our selections. Try our Meat and Cheese Board with our Executive Chef’s selections of artisan cheese and charcuterie (fine meats), olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini.

Pairing wine with fine food is an art. And it is very important to remember that life is always better with great taste and company.

Mangiamo! Let’s eat, drink and be merry!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, is having its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway” contest happening right now!

Stop into Mia Francesca in North Hills to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter NOW through February 28th. Please check out these details. The winner will be announced on March 2.

Stop in to win!

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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 #13184429

 

It’s August in the Triangle and the North Carolina Corn is Simply Amazing

Monday, August 4th, 2014

corn keerati fdpOur Northern Italian cuisine at Mia Francesca Trattoria serves fresh locally grown corn in a variety of delectable ways. Executive Chef Zack VanGaasbeek presents a wonderfully unique summer corn pizza as well as a palate pleasing pasta dish featuring the sweetest corn found in the Triangle. We are conveniently located at the North Hills exit 8 just north of the 440 Beltline in the heart of Mid-Town Raleigh. Our classically trained professional kitchen team creatively prepares a wide variety of incredibly delicious appetizers and entrees using farm fresh ingredients like our locally grown corn.

Wine and Italian fare go hand-in-hand with our outstanding corn dishes; Mia Francesca Trattoria offers these fine wine pairing suggestions.

Our oaky Chardonnay wine pairs well with all our corn dishes:

  • Trion 2010, Russian River, CA
  • Chamisal 2011, Central Coast, CA
  • Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2011, Burgundy, France

To start any warm and breezy August night out, Mia Francesca Trattoria has three outstanding corn appetizers on our menu. The Mais Risotto features savory Arborio rice, fresh corn, and roasted bell peppers with lemon, garlic, and basil. The Mais Bruschetta offers crunchy garlic toast, sweet corn, fresh goat cheese, roasted bell peppers, crispy Guanciale, and arugula. Our Fried Corn is au natural locally grown corn with Parmigiano, espellette, and truffle oil.

After enjoying our tempting summer seasonals as farm to table appetizers, try our new Summer Corn Pizza with garden fresh summer corn, Applewood smoked bacon, wild mushrooms, garlic, and mozzarella. If you are in the mood for unique pasta, our Fettuccine con Mais features fresh fettuccine, local sweet corn, Prosciutto di Parma, mushrooms, cracked black pepper, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. With either summer dish, our guests enjoy the taste experience.

Staying with the theme of sweetness and our scrumptious desserts, we recommend our Torta Bacio, a chocolate hazelnut mousse with cocoa nibs and chocolate crunch. To go with the dessert, try drinking one of our Italian Illy brand coffees including: Cappuccino, Espresso, Espresso Macchiato, Mocha-cino, and Café Latte. At Mia Francesca’s, make marvelous memories dining with the people you love!

 

Anytime is the right time of year for appreciation and thanks! Give family and friends the pure joy of Italy with every gift card. Click here for the information!

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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: keerati, freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

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