Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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For Italian Fare in the Triangle, the Secret Is in the Sauce

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

MF WineIMG_7352_HDRDecisions about where to eat Italian food often begin with the authentic taste of the sauce. Conversations around why a pizza is so good are always start with the sauce and the fresh toppings. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, our sauce is what makes our pizza, pasta, and all our authentic Italian dishes truly special. We make everything from scratch every day; our sauce, our pasta, and all of our dishes are all made in-house with the freshest local ingredients from North Carolina farms and gardens.

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we offer the amazing tastes of Northern Italy, and we are conveniently located in North Hills, the heart Raleigh and the Triangle. Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek chooses fresh ingredients from the Midtown Farmers Market, local farmers and suppliers, for all of our delicious dishes. Mia Francesca Trattoria is a proud participant in the NC Agriculture Department’s “Got to Be NC” program, celebrating fresh local North Carolina ingredients while bringing the hills of Tuscany to North Hills.

The perfect sauce always should be complemented by the perfect drink. And that is even a better statement when the beverages are on special! Make the start of the work week both fun and special with our Monday Wine Special. All of our wines are 50% off every single Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Start your Monday afternoon and evening with a tasty slice of the best pizza in Raleigh, made from scratch with fresh tomatoes and basil, and paired with a glass of Italian red wine from Tuscany. In Raleigh and across the Triangle, there is no better moment.

Celebrate each and every Thursday with a mouth-watering pasta dish, and pair the experience with a refreshing cocktail. Join us for our Thursday Drink Special, when cocktails are 50% off from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. We offer signature cocktails and top shelf libations that complement the tastes of our pizza, pasta, and the rest of our all-encompassing dinner menu:

  • Italian Sunset: On our Saturday and Sunday brunch menu, this delicious concoction is made with vodka, Limoncello, Aperol, and finished with fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Little Italy: For summer, nothing beats the combination of rich blended whiskey, Amaretto, cherry and orange juices for our humble Italian presentation of the perfect Manhattan
  • Pear Tree Martini: One of our most popular martinis is made with Absolut Pear, St. Germain, and lemon lime juice.

At Mia Francesca in North Hills, our “secret sauce” is fresh, homemade, and truly genuine and original. Our Tuscany Italian menu selections take our guests to the hills of Northern Italy through the fresh ingredients from North Carolina. And our wine and drink specials perfectly complement our house made sauce and pasta. For lunch, dinner, or that special occasion, the decision is easy. Mia Francesca Trattoria is the perfect place a great Italian meal!

Join us soon for all the fun and the flavor. At Mia Francesca, we are looking forward to meet you! Remember, we are #MoreThanPasta!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria North Hills Hours:

Monday through Friday: Lunch 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Monday through Thursday: Dinner 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: Dinner 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Sunday: Dinner 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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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 a Triangle Summer! Cater the Next Event with Authentic Italian Cuisine!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

summer eventsSummer is a great time for people gatherings and special seasonal events. When family and friends need to gather and eat, and it is too hot to cook, let Mia Francesca Trattoria do the cooking and all the work. We are indeed, more than pasta; whether planning a family reunion, summer party, or a corporate event, let Mia Francesca handle the cuisine and the preparation so everyone can enjoy a fun time and an authentic Italian meal. We also set up, serve, and then, if needed, we take everything down so your guests can focus on just pure enjoyment.

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we cater to businesses, churches, and large groups in Raleigh, Midtown Raleigh, and North Raleigh, as well as the surrounding areas like Wake Forest with full service catering menu that will please everyone! We offer a complete meal of salad, pasta, entrée, and dessert in sizes designed to fit every occasion and every budget.

Our delicious seasonal summer appetizers like our Coppa Bruschetta and our Prosciutto e Rucula, can be prepared and served two ways:

  • Half pan: Serves 8-10 people
  • Full pan: Serves 16-20 people

Our Catering Raleigh menu offers the best in farm fresh ingredients and homemade dishes sure to please any crowd on any occasion. Tired of chips and dip? Try something a little different:

  • Funghi alla Sorella: Mushroom caps stuffed with goat cheese & herbs
  • Polpette in Umido: Homemade meatballs braised in tomato sauce & herbs
  • Prosciutto e Carciofi: Artichokes wrapped with prosciutto

What better way to start off a summer meal than with our crisp salad menu, made the Mia Francesca Trattoria way:

  • Insalata alla Francesca: Romaine, endive, radicchio, carrots, cucumber, tomato, string beans, peapods, olive oil, balsamico & blue cheese
  • Insalata Caprese: Sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil & olive oil
  • Insalata di Piselli: Peapods, tomatoes, & cucumbers dressed with lemon & olive oil

Add a selection of pastas, Panini, and entrees that include Pollo al Limone, Pollo Sassi, and Pollo Arrosto alla Romana; all delicious chicken Tuscany influenced dishes that the invited guests will be talking about until next summer’s events. Fresh seafood, vegetables, and of course our homemade tomato basil sauce will make every summer event even more special.

Mia Francesca’s coolest desserts are always a hit in the summer time:

  • Traditional tiramisu: Ladyfinger cookies, espresso, cocoa & mascarpone cream
  • Refreshing Torta di Formaggio: Vanilla cheesecake with raspberry sauce & fresh berries

Mia Francesca Trattoria brings special dishes to special occasions. Our catering consultant works with event planning to create the best menu for a fun and delicious meal that will make the next summer event an occasion to remember.

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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

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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Family, Friends and Authentic Italian in Midtown Raleigh

Monday, July 13th, 2015

summer saladSummer is a special time for traveling back home to visit family and friends, and it is an even better time for them to visit North Carolina and spend some time here in the capital city. With the mountains and the beach just a couple of short hours away, Raleigh is often center stage for both sites and weather.

When out-of-town guests visit and want to do something special for lunch or dinner, bring them to Mia Francesca Trattoria for a very special dining experience. Friends and family will be entertained and delighted by our expansive menu; the tastes and flavors of Tuscany Italian food are just minutes away from everywhere in the Triangle.

Our trattoria is located in the heart of Midtown Raleigh, in North Hills, a unique multi-use open air center, and Mia Francesca offers all of the traditional Northern Italian favorites and our own specialty menu items. Each dish is made with ingredients fresh from the farm and the sea.

Mia Francesca’s full lunch and dinner menu includes:

  • Antipasti – try some fresh calamari or mussels, or enjoy mouth-watering warm calabrian olives
  • Insalate – choose from a variety of farm fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, string beans, and asparagus for the perfect summer salad
  • Pizze – enjoy the best pizza in Raleigh!
  • Paste – choose from fettucine, penne, linguini, or traditional spaghetti paired with sea scallops, shrimp, summer vegetables, and our homemade tomato basil sauce
  • Secondi – add a dish of sea scallop risotto, pollo piccata, bistecca porcini, or maile con pesche for a truly delicious, authentic Italian meal
  • Dolci – save room for dessert, including Italian favorites like tiramisu, crème brulee, and refreshing gelati, perfect for a hot summer day.

People visiting for the first time simply delight in our extensive menu and in the many summer activities right here in Midtown. Every Saturday morning, before stopping in for brunch at Mia Francesca Trattoria, experience the Midtown Farmers’ Market, open from 8:00am to Noon. The local market features farm-fresh produce and local crafts. Take some of the Triangle’s own jelly, salsa, or barbeque sauce, each homemade and canned by local vendors.

On Thursday evenings this summer, enjoy an early dinner at Mia Francesca and grab a spot for the Midtown Beach Music Series from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Beach music and shag dancing are Southern traditions on warm summer nights. What better way to start or end the evening after a delicious Italian meal?

As soon as family and friends unpack, it is time to socialize; so make reservations or just drop in to our restaurant located next to the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, the biggest landmark in Midtown Raleigh and enjoy an afternoon or evening in the perfect atmosphere of the Mia Francesca experience. Our entire staff delights in offering our local guests and out-of-town visitors a great time with the freshest ingredients, the tastiest meals, and the best summer experience to be found in the Triangle.

Stop in and enjoy a relaxing meal with family and friends. It is all about the good times at 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

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

Photo: Image courtesy of Mia Francesca Trattoria

Think Ice Cream Is Good Here in the Triangle? Try It Italian Style!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Nothing says summer in the Triangle like cool, creamy Mia gelato 1 editedice cream, and nothing says authentic ice cream like real Italian gelato. Now that the summer heat has arrived full steam across the central North Carolina region, it is time to take a break, relax, and enjoy a delicious Tuscany Italian meal followed by an array of cool tasty treats at Mia Francesca Trattoria. We feature the best and most authentic Northern Italian desserts and gelati in Raleigh!

We all know gelato is cool and refreshing, and it is important to note that it takes just the right amount of time to eat; not too fast and not too slow. It truly is the perfect finish to the perfect meal on a hot summer night. Our gelato is made in the simple traditions of Italy, with the freshest local ingredients. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we continue in the Northern Italian classic tradition of making homemade gelato using real milk, cream, and sugar that bring out the flavors that delight our guests.

Mia Francesca offers six wonderfully delicious flavors:

  • Hazelnut
  • White chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pistachio
  • Vanilla
  • Salted caramel

Gelato is one of the most popular Italian desserts, originating in the mountains of Sicily and made popular in Northern Italy in the early 20th century.

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we include fresh gelato in our other popular dessert selections, including:

  • Profiteroles – Delicate cream puffs toasted filled with pistachio gelato and served with chocolate sauce
  • Affogato – Toasted almond gelato,  Espresso, and chocolate chip vanilla biscotti

If our guests are looking for a lighter, fruitier cold treat? Try one of our refreshing sorbetti. Made with fresh fruit, sorbet is a flavorful water ice. Often called Italian Ice, sorbetti is the perfect end to the perfect hot summer evening.

Mia Francesca offers three delightfully refreshing summer flavors:

  • Mixed berry
  • Lemon
  • Mango

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we offer a full menu of dolci, classic Italian desserts, all made from fresh ingredients for a mouth-watering after dinner treat.

Our dessert selection also includes:

  • Apple Crostata – fresh locally grown granny smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served warm with salted caramel gelato  and vanilla crème anglaise
  • Traditional Tiramisu – Espresso and kahlua soaked lady fingers with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream & cocoa powder
  • Torta Bacio – Chocolate -hazelnut mousse with cocoa nibs  and chocolate crunch
  • Crème Brulee – a seasonal crème brulee

Bring the family, friends, and business associates to delight in the cool, refreshing tastes of Northern Italy in a frozen dessert. Our gelati and sorbetti are the best in the Triangle, made from the freshest ingredients and prepared just for our special guests on hot summer days. We offer unsurpassed cool tastes in every frozen treat we make in house at Mia Francesca Trattoria.

Come join us for dinner and dessert and enjoy the summer in the city Italian Style! Stop by or make a reservation. We are at Six Forks and I 440 in the heart of North Hills and Midtown Raleigh. Just 20 minutes from anywhere in the Triangle, from Apex to Garner to Wake Forest! 

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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

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

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Photo: Image courtesy of Mia Francesca Trattoria

 

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Our Sweets and Valentine’s Month Make Delicious Partners Together

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

word sweetThere is no better time than February, the month of romance and Valentine’s Day, to celebrate with fresh homemade desserts. Many folks in the Triangle always order the sweet courses when they enjoy an afternoon or evening out, so we are calling out to all dessert lovers to enjoy the finest sweets at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Our popular Tuscany Italian restaurant offers a wide and delicious array of desserts for every taste. We are conveniently located in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills, just twenty minutes away from everything in the Triangle, and we would love a visit. Our ever changing farm to table restaurant menu, with fresh selections from the sea as well, offers guests a fun and relaxing dining experience. Our delicious desserts just make it even better.

The Mia Francesca seasonal desserts, all homemade recipes that promote great times and and sharing, include these sweet and truly Italian treats:

  • Apple Crostata with local Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served warm with salted caramel gelato and vanilla crème anglaise.
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake comes with Pumpkin Spice cream cheese filling, graham cracker crust, candied pumpkin seeds, and vanilla anglaise.
  • Our Profiteroles are delicate cream puffs toasted and filled with pistachio gelato and drizzled with chocolate sauce on top.
  • Our local Raleigh favorite, Tiramisu (Italian for “pick me up”) features espresso and kahlua soaked ladyfingers with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder.
  • Our Torta Bacio with chocolate-hazelnut moose, cocoa nibs, and chocolate crunch as well as our Affogato, which is toasted almond gelato, Espresso, and chocolate chip vanilla biscotti.

For the special “more sweets please” crowd, and all those guests in the Triangle who simply cannot decide on just one sweet selection; we offer our delectable Dessert Platters, with assorted Executive Chef selections designed for sharing for up to ten friends and family.

As our guests celebrate with our delicious Italian desserts, Mia Francesca Trattoria offers soothing Italian Illy brand coffee. Our full-flavored coffee choices simply warm the hearts and set the mood for parties of two or more. Our classic coffees include cappuccino, espresso, caramel macchiato, mocha-cino, Americana, and Café Latte. All our coffee is also available in decaffeinated form as well. Enjoy stimulating conversations while enjoying warm beverages that are both simple and unique. Our divine desserts and fresh coffee make a sweet partnering to our mouthwatering meals.

With Saturday February 14th right around the corner, Mia Francesca Trattoria is the right restaurant for beginning or rekindling romance. Make reservations early for Valentine’s Day to take your sweetheart out for a night to remember! Call us at 919 278 1525.

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Mia Francesca Trattoria located in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, in association with the Francesca Restaurant Group, announces its “Take Me to Tuscany Getaway”.

Stop into Mia Francesca NOW to register. No purchase is necessary. Enter 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.

Tuscany Vacation Giveaway

Stop in and win!

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

 

 

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!

 

NC Apples Create a Locally Grown Farm Fresh Menu in Midtown Raleigh

Monday, October 13th, 2014

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-apple-harvest-image21611353October is National Apple Month across the U.S.A. and autumn is always a fun time for cider mills, N.C. apple picking, apple tours, corn mazes and hayrides down the orchard farm trails. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we offer a variety of delectable dishes that include our North Carolina apple or feature its apple flavors. Whether dining with us for brunch, lunch, dinner, or even Halloween weekend; we are the finest Northern Italian restaurant in the Triangle. Mia Francesca is centrally located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh alongside the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills by Marriott and we are near boutiques, movie theaters, quaint shops and an array of local retail environments to walk to and enjoy.

From our weekend brunch menu, we offer Breakfast Americana: two eggs (any style), applewood smoked bacon, Italian sausage, house-fried potatoes, ciabatta toast, and fresh fruit. Our brunch menu is always available from 10 a.mm until 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

When visiting for lunch while shopping or during your work day, stop in and enjoy our seasonal Autumn Salad with fresh sliced apples, pears, gorgonzola, candied walnuts and mixed greens; everything is flavored with our delicious apple cider vinaigrette. Keeping with the October apple theme during dinner, try our absolutely incredible Costoletta di Maiale, which features a cider glazed pork chop, sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts, pancetta, and caramelized onions with fresh apple juices.

Now, what dessert does Mia Francesca Trattoria recommend tasting during National Apple Month? None other than our Apple Crostata with locally grown Granny Smith apples buried in a flaky pastry crust that is always served warm with tasty vanilla gelato, caramel, and vanilla crème anglaise.

Remember to find the opportunity to delight in our fine wine selection. In honor of National Apple Month, feel free to select one of our superb red or white wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of our red wines and Chardonnay is the most popular of our white wines.

Lastly, it is soon the time for the holiday season and the holidays are about spending time with loved ones. Let our Iron Chef Zack and his team of kitchen professionals does all the work. When you celebrate Thanksgiving Day with us (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday November 27th), have a slice of our savory Apple Pie.

Any time is the right time to 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

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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Finding the Best Desserts in the Triangle is Simply Divine

Monday, October 6th, 2014

MFT Cannolis 10-14 1Did you know that October is National Dessert Month?  At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we serve a variety of Italian desserts all year long!  When enjoying our menu of delicious desserts, our guests adore their fresh homemade taste.  Located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh, Mia Francesca, a Tuscany Italian restaurant is adjacent  to shopping and many things to do here in the Capital City.

The following are four of our incredibly delectable desserts:

  • Affogato is our Illy Espresso, drowned in vanilla gelato and arrives tableside with Amaretti Biscotti (almond-flavored twice-baked oblong crunchy biscuits).
  • Apple Crostata (an Italian baked tart) comes with local farm fresh Granny Smith apples in a flaky pastry crust, served with warm vanilla gelato, caramel, and vanilla crème anglaise.
  • Duo of Cannolis (from the singular “canolo”) features a pistachio ricotta filling, chocolate chips, and pistachio orange brittle with a peanut butter mousse filling candied peanuts and raspberry agrodolce (sweet and sour sauce).
  • Gelati (Italian ice cream) comes in the following flavors: white chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and Bacio (chocolate and hazelnut).

More of our divine desserts from our tasty kitchen:

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake comes with a cinnamon almond crust, pumpkin spiced latte filling, amaretto crème anglaise, caramel, praline streusel, and whipped cream.
  • Salted Caramel Budino (Italian word for pudding or custard) features chocolate cookie crumbles, vanilla Bavarian cream, salted caramel, candied peanuts, and whipped cream.
  • Sorbetti (frozen dessert) choices include raspberry, lemon, and mango.
  • Tiramisu (Italian for “pick me up”) lives up to its name! Enjoy espresso and kahlua soaked ladyfingers with lightly sweetened mascarpone cream and cocoa powder.
  • Torta Bacio (Italian tortilla) comes filled with chocolate-hazelnut mousse with cocoa nibs and chocolate crunch.

Our Dessert Platters feature assorted Chef Zack selections created for sharing with up to ten people.  Make dessert your 4th meal of the day and savor a sweet ending to the business grind. Mia Francesca captures every heart and taste bud with our unique cravings. It is what delicious legends are made of each and every day.

Finally, everyone loves our soothing Illy brand coffees that include: Cappuccino, Espresso, Caramel Macchiato, Mocha-cino, and Café Latte. Any time is a great time for coffee!  Join us today!

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Congratulations from all of us at Mia Francesca Trattoria go out to our Executive Chef Zack VanGaasBeek who won the People’s Choice Award at the 2nd Midtown Farmer’s Market Iron Chef Challenge Competition! Now he really is in a league of his own! 

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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: Mia Francesca Trattoria

In Midtown Raleigh, After Five Means Mia Francesca!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

dan beerWhen you want to get away and unwind in a relaxing place, look no further than Mia Francesca Trattoria. Located in North Hills, we offer the best authentic Northern Italian environment in the Triangle. You can find us, along with wonderful places for shopping and entertainment, right in Midtown Raleigh, exit 8 off the I 440 Beltline. We really enjoy when you visit us for lunch and dinner, but have you thought about stopping by after work to relax at the bar or one of our adjacent cozy booths or tables? We invite you to stop and enjoy our savory appetizers as well as eclectic array of cool refreshing drinks like our seasonal libations and ice cold beer.

People love our bar for its casual dining atmosphere. Step into Italy after a long summer day and relax with the aromatic scents of our fine Italian cooking. After five is the perfect opportunity to savor our delicious gourmet food. Try one of our appetizers like Piseelli Bruschetta, flavorful garlic toast with smashed peas, lemon ricotta, pea shoots, and crispy prosciutto. If you are looking for something with some extra pizzazz to it, try our Calamari Fritti, or fried calamari in a spicy marinara sauce. It is very popular with the North Hills networking crowd.

Our hot summer libations include our Strawberry Blonde Sangria featuring strawberry vodka, spiced rum, brandy, Rosa wine, and farm fresh strawberries. Our Passiontini is a delightful beverage with passion fruit vodka, Pama pomegranate liqueur, blueberry juice, and a splash of ginger. Our Back Porch Pounder comes with citrus vodka, triple sec, lavender-honey simple syrup, and a splash of lemon-lime juice. All of our thirst-quenching drinks, including our frosty Peroni Lager, are a welcome relief to the hot sun and often steamy breezes.

After relishing one of our delicious appetizers at the bar, complete your experience with a chilly selection from our dessert menu. Our Gelato flavors include Bacio, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Vanilla. Our Sorbet flavors are ravishing raspberry, legendary lemon, and marvelous mango. Whatever you select, remember, “Mia Francesca’s will refresh ya”!

Make your After Five 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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