Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Let’s Celebrate California Wine Month in the Triangle

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

PrintWith the relaxing Labor Day weekend behind all of us, it is time to shift gears and find something new to celebrate that will be longer than just three days. We at Mia Francesca have great news for wine lovers in the Triangle. September is the tenth anniversary of California Wine Month. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we are proud of our fabulous U.S.A. home grown wine list, which includes a superb selection of wines from the Golden State of California.

With more than 100 varieties of grapes home grown in California, there are almost 4000 local wineries located as far north as the Oregon border and as far south as San Diego covering more than 700 miles of vineyard country. It is interesting to note that if California was its own country, it would be the fourth largest wine producer in the world.

California grapes have been produced for almost 250 years, combining art, tradition, innovation and wonderful flavor. These sun-soaked vineyards account for nearly ninety percent of the American wine production. California’s sustainable wine growing and wine making practices preserve the lands for future generations and contribute to the highest wine quality available. Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills Midtown Raleigh, offers California wines from Sonoma, the Central Coast, Napa Valley and Santa Barbara.

Here are four wines that we proudly serve from the famous Napa Valley of California’s North Coast:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Vellum 2009: with tastes of currant, blueberry, pepper, and oak, medium body, nice lingering finish
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Newton 2009: red and black cherry and currant on the nose and palate; good minerality, acidity; medium body, intensity
  • Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2009:  fruit, floral and spicy characteristics, backed by refined tannins and balancing acidity, bold yet restrained, velvety
  • Pine Ridge Chenin Viognier 2012: crisp, light, fruity, nice texture, medium palate, clean finish

These full-bodied wines pair very well with our wonderful Bruschetta alla Romana: fresh garlic toast and marinated tomatoes with rich mozzarella and olive oil. Enjoy them with our Heirloom Tomato-Pesto Pizza as well. For a true Tuscany Italian experience, no wine goes better with our locally famous and ever popular Spaghetti and Meatballs experience. Finally, our Filetto con Spugnola is one of our center stage entrées and can be paired very nicely with California Carbernet: this dish features deliciously grilled beef tenderloin, morel mushrooms, spring onions, potatoes, and grilled asparagus with herb butter.

Whether you are in the mood for the finest of wines or one our expertly made libations, every guest will certainly enjoy gourmet and authentic Italian cuisine. Make your reservations for a dining experience to remember fondly with every visit.

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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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Dine Your Valentine at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

love birds feel artWe hope you did not forget because we have a great opportunity to impress your sweetheart this Friday, Valentine’s Day February 14. Couples all across the Triangle will want to be our special guests at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, the very HEART of Raleigh!  When you make your reservations before 4:30 p.m. or after 9:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, you will receive a free bottle of wine or sparkling wine as well as one of our delicious appetizers.

In addition to our ever changing menu offerings, on February 14, we have very sweet Valentine’s Day Specials.   Our Valentine’s menu is simply delicious! One of the two special featured appetizers is our Capesante con Barbabietole that offers superb pan seared Diver scallops, fresh beet puree, candied fennel, citrus, fennel fronds, and lemon oil.  The second appetizer we are featuring on Valentine’s Day is our Torta di Grancio; our jumbo lump crab cakes, cannellini bean-bell pepper succotash, pesto cream, and red pepper agrodolce is a great choice.

Mia Francesca’s two extraordinary Valentine’s entrees are Callapellachi di Aragosta, house made ravioli with Main lobster, fresh herbs, and tarragon cream sauce; and the beyond delicious Bistecca per Due, a grilled 30-ounce T-bone steak for two with garlic herb butter, Parmesan mashed potatoes, and sautéed calabrian-style broccoli rabe.

As the romance blossoms during dinner while tasting one of our premier Italian wines, consider enjoying one of our sinfully rich desserts.  Our featured dessert for this romantic holiday is our Chocolate Covered Strawberry “Molten Cake” which includes our decadently moist chocolate sponge cake, crème de Cocoa, a delicious strawberry mixture, chocolate ganache, and strawberry sweet and sour sauce.

For love and romance, couples across Raleigh will make new memories this Friday at Mia Francesca Trattoria, the Northern Italian eatery that is famous for bringing people together.

Make your recollections with the simple and rustic ambiance of Tuscany, in a place filled with affection and passion this romantic season.

Finally did you know that Thursday February 13 is significant, too?  This is “National Eat Italian Food Day.”  We have the freshest and best Tuscan Italian cuisine in the Triangle. We have a couple of great reasons to make North Hills your destination for great food and fun. Join us soon!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone across Central North Carolina from your friends at Mia Francesca Trattoria in the HEART of the Triangle!

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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Fun, Family and Gelato at Mia Francesca in North Hills

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

rome negli anna cinquanta a monte carotto wikemedia.orgEveryone in the Triangle knows that there are a wide variety of kid-friendly places here in Raleigh area. Each restaurant typically offers quick food, tokens, crayons, and a fast experience. Here in North Hills, we want each family member dining with us to enjoy great Northern Italian food, great service and a simple family focus that welcomes children at every table. We know that each and every day, the main ingredient at Mia Francesca in North Hills is always you!

Children who dine with us love our awesome choices on the Kid’s Menu, which features our authentic Italian pasta, our “made from scratch” pizza, and our deliciously tender chicken.

If the kids like savory pasta and what youngster does not, Mia Francesca prepares it one of three tasty ways; and it’s always their choice. They just pick a wonderful flavor like rich butter, homemade tomato sauce, or subtle cream sauce and then sit back, twirl the fork and love it. If they are in the mood for pizza, each child can have a special and unique pie with cheese, mushrooms, or sausage.  Our moist and delicious chicken is always a huge favorite and comes with the choice of either fries or broccoli. Every kid’s meal arrives at tableside with the choice of a soft drink, milk, or juice.

Finally every child finishes their meal with a free scoop of gelato.  Gelato, as many know, is the Italian word for “ice cream”.  We offer special varieties of this wonderful treat made in authentic Mia Francesca style; very unique and traditionally Italian. Our gelato consists of milk, cream, various sugars, and flavoring usually blended with our fresh fruit and nut purees.

It is kid trivia time! The Florentine cook, Bernardo Buontalenti, is said to have invented modern ice cream in 1565, as he presented his recipe and his innovative refrigerating techniques to Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian Duchess who then introduced it to France after she married the French King, Henry II. Soon the news and tastes of gelato spread to the rest of Europe.

It is very interesting to note that the popularity of gelato increased in the 1920’s and 1930’s in the northern Italian city of Varese, where the very first gelato cart was pushed down cobble stone streets.  The popularity of Mia Francesca’s version of the famous gelato in Raleigh is amazing!  Come see and then taste first-hand why every youngster loves dining at our always kid-friendly Northern Italian restaurant, Mia Francesca Trattoria.

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Get ready for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day and make your reservations early for good times at Mia Francesca in Midtown Raleigh. The season of fun has just begun!

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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