Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Our Northern Italian Gluten-Free Menu Is Overflowing with Natural Flavor

Monday, August 25th, 2014

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Mia Francesca Trattoria of North Hills in Midtown Raleigh serves fantastic farm and sea fresh food to every single one of our guests. At the same time we know that some of our guests might be sensitive or allergic to gluten. Gluten is the protein found in the grains wheat, rye, barley, and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). We can assure all of our guests that we now offer a completely gluten-free menu for their needs. Our executive chef team prepares an array of gluten-free authentic Tuscany-Italian cuisine that is always full of aroma and wonderful flavor.

For many people in the Triangle who embrace a gluten-free diet, Mia Francesca offers a wide variety of delightful choices for those seeking a true gluten-free meal.

Here is a sampling of the appetizers from our delicious gluten-free menu:

  • Spinaci aglio e olio: sautéed baby spinach, fresh garlic, olive oil, and lemon
  • Carpaccio: thinly sliced sirloin with capers, tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, lemon, olive oil, arugula, endive, radicchio, and Parmigiano

Since most fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten free, we offer a nice variety of farm fresh salads including:

  • Piselli Insalata: pea pods, tomato, cucumber
  • Insalata ala Francesca: hearts of romaine, endive, radicchio, blue cheese, and summer vegetables

All of our gluten-free pasta dishes contain quinoa, a healthy grain that is high in protein, high in fiber, and free of gluten.

Our quinoa gluten-free penne pasta entrees include:

  • Penne alla Bolognese: beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Penne alle Verdure: sautéed with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, escarole, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts

It is important to note that our guests can always finish dinner with the flavor-rich, gluten-free dining experience of our Crème Alle Vaniglia, vanilla crème brulee served with fresh seasonal berries; or try our Frutta in Vaso dessert, seasonal fruit topped with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Mia Francesca Trattoria makes it easy for our guests to select the right meals from our flavorful gluten-free menu!

Stop by for the Labor Day Weekend or make your reservations today for that special anytime!

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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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6 Penne Pasta Dishes that are Perfetto!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Penne“Perfetto” means perfection in Italian, and nothing is truer for our patrons after they visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. Our authentic Tuscany Italian pasta gets always gets rave reviews from all of our guests. No fine Italian restaurant is ever complete without having an extensive pasta menu. And we offer many different kinds of delicious authentic Italian pasta, including the delicious penne dishes we serve here in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh.

Penne, given its practical design, is versatile pasta with a center and ridges that allow it to hold sauce;   Mia Francesca has several “perfetto” pasta dishes made with this wonderfully shaped penne pasta.

Here are six dishes from our gluten-free menu and all are tender and scrumptious!

  • Penne e Capesante: sea scallops, roasted baby artichokes, asparagus, white wine, spicy marinara on penne pasta
  • Penne alla Bolognese: beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano over penne pasta
  • Penne Aglio Olio: penne pasta sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, diced tomatoes, and sautéed spinach
  • Penne al Pomodoro: penne pasta sautéed in a spicy cherry tomato sauce with garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs
  • Penne alle Verdure: penne pasta sautéed with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, escarole, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts
  • Penne Amatriciana: Guanciale, Spanish onions, tomato basil sauce, olive oil, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano on penne pasta

Mia Francesca Trattoria simply has the best pasta in Raleigh!  We always serve it with the freshest farm to table ingredients.  All of our produce comes from fresh local farmer’s markets.  We are proud to continue to be an integral part of the got to be NC Agriculture program.  This program supports our community and our local Raleigh economy, and guarantees that we serve the best quality produce each and every day. Taste for yourself how wonderful our pasta dishes and our other authentic dishes are on our expansive Northern Italian menu! Remember we are just 20 minutes from anywhere in the Triangle; located just off the Raleigh Beltline (Exit 8A Six Forks Road). North Hills, the outdoor shopping area is the place to go for shopping, movie watching, pampering, and more!

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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: Dreamstime, 36347775

 

6 Pasta Health Facts from Mia Francesca in Raleigh

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

a4urbancdnEveryone has favorite pasta. Its flavor is worldwide in popularity across the globe; every person has a love and passion for the delicious flavor of this famous traditional staple. Federico Fellini, the famous Italian film director and gifted scriptwriter once commented, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”  It is our new adopted mantra!

Mia Francesca Trattoria, in North Hills-Midtown Raleigh, serves the finest authentic Northern Italian pasta in the Triangle. Not only does our homemade pasta taste delightful, it is indeed healthy and packed with nutrition. Yes, healthy! When eaten, pasta surprisingly provides many essential nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals.

Six health benefits of eating pasta include:

  • Complex carbohydrates supply the fuel necessary for energy
  • Good source of B Vitamins, Iron and Niacin
  • Its fiber promotes important digestive health
  • It is a cholesterol free food source
  • It is a naturally low sodium source
  • It contains Manganese, a mineral that helps metabolize carbohydrates and regulates blood sugar

Mia Francesca offers spaghetti in many ways. Those who dine with us can order it “au naturale” with fresh, selected herbs, tomato basil sauce, and a light dusting of parmesan cheese.  Smart eating has never tasted so good. Our homemade pasta dishes can feature chicken, scallops, shrimp, or salmon for that almost “guilt free” culinary experience.

Real Italian with real flavor makes the difference in out trusted recipes. We can mix our pastas with olive oil and farm to table vegetables to make  a perfect meal for the health conscious guest.

Did you know there are over 600 different pasta shapes produced worldwide?  Since 1154 in Sicily, pasta has been one of our most versatile foods.  Finally, according to Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin), a fork is the only utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking.  When you come to Mia Francesca’s we will let you eat your pasta any way you want. Have fun and enjoy the experience. Invite friends and family to dine together. Pasta often tastes the best with company. magic and pasta come together at Mia Francesca!

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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

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4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills Offers the Classic Italian Meatball Video

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

meatball1Comfort foods mean something to all of us. We often think of traditional macaroni & cheese and the standard juicy cheeseburger; but the number one comfort food in America is and always has been the classic Italian meatball! It is all in the ingredients.

Everything from the movies, T.V. commercials, kid’s books, gangster nicknames, and even IKEA is associated with this famous and time-tested delicacy. Most often paired with pasta and fresh, homemade tomato sauce; it is a weekly staple in many Triangle households. In historic and picturesque Italy, it is often center stage as the main dish of the masses and the rich elite, featured on village dining tables from Tuscany to Sicily.

There are plenty of reasons for meatball popularity. Family dinner aside, there even is a simple, romantic allure to a quiet dinner for two that features a bottle of Chianti, rich homemade pasta, and those irregular rolled golf ball sized gems we all know and love.

Do you want to know how to make the best classic Italian meatball? Let Mia Francesca Trattoria’s Executive Chef, Zach Van Gaasbeek, show you in a brand new video that features the magic of meatball preparation. The Chef says it is about bringing back the roots of Italy, combining that bold rustic flavor with simple and authentic cuisine. We have to believe!

Guests at Mia Francesca can savor these delicious and delectable meatballs in the entree Spaghetti alla Bolognese, authentic Italian pasta with beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano.  And from our gluten-free menu, try our Penne alla Bolognese, and enjoy that experience as well.

Chef Zach takes the viewer of “meatball perfection” step- by- step through the creation experience.

  • preparing the vegetables
  • adding white wine
  • the techniques for cooling the vegetables
  • adding the key ingredients for the unique flavor
  • the meat mixture preparation
  • baking to perfection
  • the final touches

Meatballs simply bring people together to laugh, break bread, and share stories. Try Mia Francesca’s meatballs by themselves without pasta, and add just enough Parmigiano- Reggianao to send the flavor over the top. Of course, a glass of Italian Red Wine pairs with it extremely well.

Now that we have everyone in Raleigh hungry, stop in for our delicious version of this Italian- American classic, and order the finest in comfort foods at the restaurant of choice here in North Hill’s Midtown.

Meet Mia Francesca’s signature meatball masterpiece the next time you visit. Make your reservations to taste Chef Zach’s meatballs today!

From Goodfellas to Lady and the Tramp, the best in Italian meatballs become the stars of the show! Reality aside, eating is so much better than watching. Bon Appetit!

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Or follow this link and make sure you catch the video and then come in and enjoy the real thing!

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Please check out another video demonstration by 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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