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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It’s Time for a Midday Break in Midtown Raleigh

Monday, April 20th, 2015

culinary flagTake a break from the weekly “business usual” in Raleigh and stop in for an authentic Northern Italian lunch, right in the heart of Midtown. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we bring the freshest ingredients in every single day from the local Farmer’s Markets and other North Carolina sources, to prepare a delicious, filling lunch just for business people and shoppers alike!

Start with an antipasti of tender calamari or fresh mussels in spicy marinara sauce. For something a little different for lunch, we offer Piselli Risotto, a refreshing mix of Arborio Rice, peas, spring vegetables, baby spinach, and lemon. If in the mood for a for a crisp salad, we feature a wide range of enticing salads, from our Faglioni Insalata, with locally grown string beans, tomatoes, and onion, to Insalata ala Francesca, a salad brimming with hearts of romaine, endive, radicchio, blue cheese, and summer vegetables.

For the main course, we suggest the best pizza in Raleigh! House-made and skillfully prepared, our pizza for all seasons is featured on our lunch menu. Quattro Stagioni, literally meaning “four seasons,” entices our guests with a flavorful combination of sharp prosciutto, olives, and artichokes. Topped with a soft cooked egg that is then blended around this Northern Italian specialty, our pizza for all seasons cannot be beat anywhere around Raleigh and the Triangle.

We also offer a variety of tasty sandwiches, served on authentic Italian ciabatta. Our Salumi Panino, a mouthwatering combination of taste treats, features prosciutto, salami, provolone cheese, bell peppers, arugula, pepperoncinis, topped with red wine vinaigrette.

For a tasty pasta dish, our lunch Paste e Secondi menu includes an assortment of spaghetti and penne dishes. Surrounded by fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and tomato basil sauce, our Penne Pastore brings the freshness of the North Carolina farm to our lunchtime table.

Take a noon time break from work or from shopping in North Hills Mall, and come to Mia Francesca Trattoria, adjacent to the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel for an authentic culinary feast!

Dining with a large group of friends or co-workers? Make reservations for a private party room! We make business our business every single afternoon.

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Remember, the big day for Mom, Nana, and Grandma is coming fast. Come join us for our special Mother’s Day Brunch Raleigh, NC.

We will be featuring a multitude of North Carolina farm fresh items on our Mother’s Day Brunch menu. Our brunch will begin at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.

Outside seating will be offered on our patio, weather permitting. Please let us know if your party would be interested in dining al fresco and we will honor every request we can.

We are taking reservations in advance. Simply call the number below. Or book a table with OpenTable.

See you on Mother’s Day for great food and great times!

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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

Make plans for Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 10!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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The Best Pizza in the Triangle is Closer than You Think

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Mia F PizzaBalancing the harmony of cheeses and flavor creates traditional pizza that makes the difference. And Mia Francesca Trattoria, the Northern-Italian restaurant located in Raleigh, makes it like it’s been delivered straight from Mother Italy. Our location for Tuscany Italian fare and great pizza is just 20 minutes from most everywhere in the Triangle, in North Hills off 440. Pizza lovers who are always on the lookout for some of the best pizza in the Triangle choose Mia Francesca for traditional pizza pie with generous toppings.

We stay true to our Northern Italian roots in every slice as we assemble the ingredients in our award winning kitchen. Our Executive Chef and his team simply prepare our house made pizza as a truly decadent creation that puts a huge smile on every guest.

Originally cooked in Naples, Italy, today’s Mia Francesca pizza evolved from historic flat bread dishes first baked back in the 1800’s. It is interesting to note that pizza became very popular shortly after World War II, as veterans stationed in Italy returned home to the U.S.A. introducing their hometowns to this new found Italian delight! Now, in 2015, pizza is so popular, that on any given day in the United States, 13 % of the population consumes it.

Mia Francesca pizza has everyone’s seal of approval, and it comes complete with a scrumptious crust, blankets of fresh melted cheese, and house-made dough created in small batches; each pizza is fully loaded with homemade tomato sauce, meats, and vegetables. All meld together to make personal pizza history for each and every table.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers a variety of high-quality pizzas beloved by every guest:

  • Our Diavola Pizza features eggplant, castelvetrano olives, capers, chilies, tomato sauce, and smoked mozzarella.
  • Our Fungi pizza has wild mushrooms, ricotta cheese, thyme, arugula, and truffle oil.
  • Our Margherita features plum tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.
  • Our Napoletana has arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan.
  • Our Quattro Stagioni features prosciutto, artichoke, mushrooms, olive, and egg.
  • Our Salsiccia Pizza comes with juicy fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh mozzarella.

For our guests who simply cannot decide from all the wonderful selections, it is perfectly okay to order a personal creation with any and every fresh ingredient available. Toppings include sausage, olives, mushrooms, artichoke, spinach, meatballs, onion, broccoli, anchovy, goat cheese, gorgonzola, mozzarella, Swiss, Fontina, roasted peppers, and eggplant.

The best pizza in the Triangle is closer than anyone thinks. The choices offered by Mia Francesca continue the tradition only found in Midtown Raleigh. The good times are right here 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

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

The Best Place for the Perfect Holiday Party in the Triangle

Monday, November 24th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-thanksgiving-background-image21984753Mia Francesca Trattoria is the place for the holidays. We are known in Raleigh and the Triangle for our classic Tuscan-Italian cuisine always prepared fresh by our professional kitchen staff. Led by our Executive Chef Zach, we serve farm to table every day.  This time of year, we host holiday parties of every size and we are always about warm gatherings, friendly conversations, and phenomenal food in an elegant restaurant atmosphere.

Make this Christmas season memorable with a party in one of our private dining areas.  Whether it’s a family holiday party, a fun office get together, or a gregarious gathering among friends, we have all of our guests covered.  We want to make holiday events sparkle every season of the year.

Join Mia Francesca Trattoria for good times that are always experienced with a memorable meal. Because our delicious Italian cuisine and pleasantly festive setting are so appealing, hosting every kind of holiday party is yet another reason why people dine with us.

At Mia Francesca in North Hills, our event planners will do all the work.  We offer a complementary consultation to discuss what the needs are when using our private dining areas.  We will work one-on-one with each host or event planner to personalize each occasion. And we can accommodate any budget.  Guests know that when they dine with us, we will remember every detail so everyone can savor our local, farm-fresh cuisine and celebrate the holidays in grand style.

Party planning is simple with Mia Francesca; we have the perfect environment for every occasion from our Thanksgiving Day Buffet to Hanukkah.  We feature a vast selection of top shelf wines and champagne.  We are the perfect place to share the holiday good cheer.  Our dedicated wait staff is always here for you. With a variety of food choices, we have something for everyone who arrives for the fun. In addition to an assortment of appetizers and entrees, we offer plenty of delectable dessert options.  Contact us and we will make all the arrangements for the most special of holiday parties for everyone.

On the topic of holidays, be sure to join us on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, anytime from 11 am to 7 pm for our delicious Thanksgiving Day Buffet. 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet Menu

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Autumn Salad

Mixed greens, local apples, pears, candied walnuts, goat cheese, apple cider vinaigrette

Caesar Salad

Hearts of romaine, garlic croutons, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

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Antipasti Display

Imported Cheeses, charcuterie, marinated artichoke hearts, seasonal jams, spiced pecans, herbed crostini roasted bell peppers

Fresh Fruit Display

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Pasta con Mozzarella

Penne pasta, tomato basil sauce, parmesan, fresh mozzarella

Pasta con Pollo

Grilled chicken, penne pasta, pine nuts, basil cream sauce

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Mixed seasonal vegetables

Traditional Stuffing

Corn bread, brioche, bacon lardons, leeks, poultry jus

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed local Sweet Potatoes

Deviled Eggs

Collard Greens

Green Bean Casserole

Green beans, wild mushrooms, cream sauce, frazzled onions

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries, citrus, simple syrup

Rolls and Butter

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Salmon con Porri

Pan seared Atlantic salmon, leeks, wild mushrooms, and chopped tomatoes

Honey Baked Ham

Country Ham, maple, brown sugar, honey, Dijon

Braised turkey Leg

Slow simmered turkey leg meat, turkey jus, sage

Roasted turkey breast, lemon, rosemary, thyme, garlic

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Desserts

Pecan Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

Tiramisu

Assorted Cannoli’s

Petit Fours

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Assorted Cookies

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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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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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In Raleigh and the Triangle, Where Can Friends and Family Eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Thanks debspoonsThanksgiving 2014 is fast approaching. Now, where do we eat? Among all the restaurants that dot the local Triangle landscape, Mia Francesca has one of the finest holiday buffet traditions. As all the homegrown Raleigh foodies know, the best restaurants always have the best traditions. A “must-eat” on Thanksgiving Day, we invite our guests to enjoy our famous over-the-top buffet on Thursday November 27. As an authentic Northern Italian restaurant, with American and Tuscany cuisine, we offer the best of holiday fare. Our Executive Chef Zack and our professional kitchen staff at Mia Francesca Trattoria will soon prepare traditional Thanksgiving lunch and dinner with delicious Italian flair right here in the Triangle at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh.

Our traditional Thanksgiving selections include the wonderfully fresh North Carolina farm to table experience:

  • Slow-simmered and juicy Braised Turkey Leg seasoned with sage
  • Perfectly Roasted Turkey Breast with lemon, rosemary, thyme, and garlic
  • Honey Baked Country Ham with maple, brown sugar, honey, and Dijon
  • Traditional Corn Bread Stuffing with brioche, bacon lardons, leeks, and poultry juice
  • Tasty Mashed Potatoes as well as Mashed Local Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole with wild mushrooms, cream sauce, and frazzled onions
  • Cranberry Sauce with farm fresh cranberries, citrus, and simple syrup
  • American Desserts such as Pecan Pie Bars, Pumpkin Pie, and Apple Pie

For our true Thanksgiving Italian experience, we offer an additional stunning selection to choose from including:

  • Our Antipasta Display with imported cheeses, charcuteries, marinated artichoke hearts, seasonal jams, spiced pecans, herbed crostini roasted bell peppers
  • Pasta con Mozzarella with a superb tomato basil sauce, parmesan, and fresh mozzarella
  • Pasta con Pollo featuring grilled chicken over penne pasta, pine nuts, and basil cream sauce
  • Italian Desserts such as Tiramisu, Assorted Cannoli’s, Petit Fours, and Flourless Chocolate Cake

Our Thanksgiving Day Buffet will be a welcome and delicious break from the usual stress and bustle of cooking and cleaning. Thankfully, our Tuscan Italian cuisine at Mia Francesca Trattoria is “to dine for!”

With the Thanksgiving turkey the showcase and our delectable seasonal selections, our holiday guests can eat their way through the day in our yearly tradition of the Mia Francesca massive buffet. Thanksgiving is the day we expand the menu and your belts with our famous “spot-on” execution. Sample everything on the menu because getting stuffed means a fun and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Make reservations today for this amazing holiday farm to table buffet; only at 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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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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Enjoy the Finest Thanksgiving Buffet in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills

Monday, October 20th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-thanksgiving-still-life-image17078238The holidays will be here in the Triangle before we realize it, and it is time to make those reservations for our annual traditional and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Mia Francesca Trattoria! This Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, let Executive Chef Zack and his professional staff do all the food preparation and presentation, so the entire family can enjoy, relax and converse surrounded by fantastic holiday fare and decoration. How about no cooking and no cleaning this holiday? Entertaining has never been any easier for the best family get-together day of the year!

Although most people love turkey at Thanksgiving, we also added a holiday mountain of delectable options in our special buffet, including all the finest for both lunch and dinner:

  • Pasta con Mozzarella: Penne pasta, tomato basil sauce, parmesan, and fresh mozzarella
  • Pasta con Pollo: Grilled chicken, penne pasta, pine nuts, and a smooth basil cream sauce
  • Salmon con Porri: Pan-seared Atlantic salmon, leeks, wild mushrooms, and farm fresh chopped tomatoes
  • Honey Baked Ham: Country ham with maple, brown sugar, honey, and Dijon

Did you know that the number one agricultural industry in North Carolina is poultry production. Last year, North Carolina produced nearly 1.18 billion pounds of turkey! That is a lot of bird and a lot of tradition.

Our unique Thanksgiving Day Buffet offers among so many others:

  • Braised Turkey Leg: slow-simmered turkey leg meat, turkey juice, and sage
  • Roasted Turkey Breast: with lemon, rosemary, thyme, and garlic

North Carolinians are also proud to know that sweet potato is most plentiful in our state. We offer home-made farm to table Mashed Local Sweet Potatoes and traditional holiday Mashed Potatoes.

Taste our other classic Thanksgiving side dishes as well:

  • Traditional Stuffing: with corn bread, brioche, bacon lardons, leeks, and poultry juice
  • Green Bean Casserole: with wild mushrooms, cream sauce, and frazzled onions
  • Cranberry Sauce: farm fresh cranberries, citrus, and simple syrup

Save room for our divine desserts like Pecan Pie Bars, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Tiramisu. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests as they come to the Triangle for Thanksgiving this year. Make reservations today for our Thanksgiving Day Buffet! It is the day to enjoy all of our made from scratch traditions, and all the Northern Italian classics.

Mia Francesca is located just 20 minutes from everywhere in the heart of Midtown Raleigh at North Hills. Our Tuscany Italian restaurant is open for Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Turkey Day 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving North Carolina!

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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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Savor the Excellence of Italian Wines in the Triangle

Monday, July 21st, 2014

foodiesfeed.com_2014-DSC_0012Wine aficionados love our authentic Italian wine selection at Mia Francesca Trattoria. Our restaurant is focused on being the best Italian restaurant in the Triangle. The Northern Italian fare experienced is a favorite of everyone who visits our convenient location in the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown in North Hills. With respect to our appealing wines, we emphasize the top two wine classifications in Italian wine labeling: DOCG and DOC. We only serve the finest wines available and combine it with our locally and fresh grown gourmet cuisine.

Let’s discuss the two distinctive acronyms involving wine quality and labeling:

DOCG is really the abbreviation for “Demonimazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” which translates from Italian as the highest quality first-class wines available. These superb wines must pass several taste tests before bottling. There are twenty DOCG wine regions in Italy:

  • Northeast—Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Friuli-Venezia
  • North and Northwest—Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Liguria, and Aosta Valley
  • Central—Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Molise
  • South—Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia

DOC is “Demonimazione di Origine Controllata” which translates to wines that are made grown based on the highest specific quality regulations. The Italian wine designations help to preserve the finest traditions unique to their respective regions. There are more than three-hundred DOC’s in Italy. As we all know, the country is famous for its beautiful and bountiful vineyards.

For trivia buffs, in Italy the name of each wine typically comes from the vineyard where it is harvested, but never the grape. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, our selective wine list is 100% pleasure and served with distinction. After your meal or appetizer in our bar, be sure to enjoy our heavenly desserts. We help make every guest have the warmest memories with each dining experience.

Do you have a large group? Our private dining areas accommodate for special events such as birthdays, wedding rehearsals, anniversaries, and bar/bat mitzvahs. For elegant fine dining in a rustic atmosphere, Mia Francesca Trattoria is the restaurant of choice in the Triangle. We welcome everyone to make a reservation and prepare to enjoy every moment!

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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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Cheers to National Martini Day in the Triangle!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

KEKO64 MartiniIt is hot and balmy this week and it is the perfect time for the perfect drink. Did you know that National Martini Day is Thursday June 19? At Mia Francesca Trattoria, the Northern Italian restaurant of choice in the Triangle, we aim to please with our delicious and relaxing martini selections.

In recent history, some of the most famous martini lovers include John D. Rockefeller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Frank Sinatra. The fictional British Secret Service Agent James Bond, 007 himself, always asked for his martinis to be “shaken, not stirred”—an enduring movie catch phrase. Interestingly enough, for good health, a shaken martini produces significantly higher antioxidant properties than a stirred one!

In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker started marketing their product under the brand name of Martini. This product is still available today, but better known as Martini & Rossi. We believe the most expensive martini is at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. It costs a cool $10,000! The garnish is a beautiful and very radiant cut diamond! It is certainly true in this case; a diamond might indeed be a martini lover’s best friend.

A well-made martini is a cocktail made with gin (vodka can be substituted), vermouth, and garnished with an olive or lemon twist. Over the years, the martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages that we serve here in the Triangle. For example, our very popular Pear Tree Martini features Absolut Pear, St. Germaine, and lemon-lime juice that is served straight-up!

Martinis pair very well with our cheeses, breads and meats. Our garlic toast, Bruschetta alla Romana, features marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil. It is a perfect choice with your cool drink selection. Another favorite is our Meat and Cheese Board, Chef Zack’s selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie, olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini.

As we quickly head to July, we picture our guests sitting comfortably in our expansive outside patio as the sun sets on a warm summer night. In fact, many of our guests will stop and say that the perfect pairing for one of our delectable martinis is another. Who are we to argue? Our bartenders can create the martini of choice, from the Dirty, to the Gibson, to the Bone Dry. It simple is a matter of personal taste.

Our authentic Tuscany Northern Italian cuisine is a pleasure to enjoy with warm summer breezes. This is why our guests love both the experience and the location. We welcome you to visit and enjoy a wonderful martini with lunch or dinner. Make summer the time to appreciate and enjoy a cool drink served by our skilled mixologists. We aim to please. We firmly believe that every day is a great day to visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. Join us Thursday for National Martini Day.

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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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