Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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What Makes Northern Italian Cuisine So Popular in the Triangle?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-coliseum-italian-flag-image7768095The aromas, the ambiance, and the bold, fresh flavors of excellent Italian fare bring people together for the great food and the good times. Here in the Triangle, the perfect place is always nearby, just minutes from everywhere. It’s time to step into Northern Italy and the welcoming doors of Mia Francesca.

Mia Francesca Trattoria’s Tuscany Italian cuisine represents every traditional family value found in the Mother Country of Italy. It is an historic fact that Italian cooking over the centuries has reflected the true spirit of Italian life and culture; the food is both unique and very special. At Mia Francesca, we focus on recipes that remind us of the famous Tuscany Region of Italy; from the small villages in the foothills where our farm to table menu gets its inspiration, to the Italian people themselves; who have helped us create the culinary masterpieces offered by our professional chefs each and every day.

Our Italian food is unpretentious, yet delicious with many or our presentations having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooking can taste delightful without being complicated or over done with spices and sauces. Our menu has an epicurean elegance based on simplicity, vibrant subtleties, and variety. Our expansive menu always features new dishes as well, often on a daily basis.

In general, Italy is a diverse country boasting an equally diverse cuisine. Italian food is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of taste, and it is probably the most popular in the world, with a multitude of influences abroad. Here in the Triangle at Mia Francesca, Italian cuisine can be enjoyed by everyone, not just people of Italian heritage. Simplistic variety makes the difference.

Our talented kitchen staff, led by our Executive Chef Zach prepares everything with the focus on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Italian cooking at Mia Francesca places the highest priority on the use of fresh, seasonal produce which distinguishes the true cuisine of Italy.

Here are just five of our most popular Italian dishes at Mia Francesca Trattoria:

  • Bruschetta alla Romana: garlic toast, marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil
  • Caesar Salad: hearts of Romaine, garlic, croutons, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers
  • Naplotena Pizza: arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved parmesan
  • Spaghetti alla Bolognese: beef, veal, and pork meatballs, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tiramisu: espresso and Kahlua soaked lady fingers with lightly sweetened marscapone cream and cocoa powder

Our Northern Italian cuisine includes some of the most wonderful meals in the Triangle. While Italian cooking may have long been considered mainstream here in the United States, not all local restaurants serve true Italian cuisine. Mia Francesca Trattoria is proud to stay true to our Italian roots. It is what we are each and every day. A great value and a great experience make our rustic Northern Italian restaurant a great place to enjoy time and again.

We always focus on our roots. What was perfected in Italy is brought to the Triangle for each and every guest! Take the moment and walk through our front doors into Northern Italy.

Join us for our Easter Brunch and Buffet on Easter Sunday, April 5th! Call us today for your reservations.

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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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The Reviews are in from the Raleigh Trip Advisor

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Mia Francesca profiterolesMia Francesca asparagusMia Francesca Trattoria, located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh, would like to highlight a recent Trip Advisor review from Senior Reviewer Dave K from Raleigh. Dave titled his review, Fresh and high quality ingredients with excellent preparation.” As a participating restaurant in the Got to Be NC agriculture program, Mia Francesca offers the freshest of ingredients. We indeed are a farm fresh to table restaurant that everyone loves and enjoys.

“For starters, don’t overlook the salads. The lentils with goat cheese and the fresh asparagus are excellent.” Dave loves the Lentils and Spinaci, which feature warm lentils with spinach and goat cheese, as well as our Asparagi Insalata with fresh asparagus, blue cheese, and tomato. “For appetizers, the calamari is a very nice portion with tasty sauces.” Dave enjoys our very popular Calamari Fritti, which is lightly fried in a spicy marinara sauce.

“For pasta… the Spaghetti Bolognese might be standard fare for many, however, Mia Francesca kicks it up with pulled pork. It is very smooth and tasty: a winner every time.” Dave knows our North Carolina inspired Spaghetti alla Bolognese is loaded with beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, and tomato basil sauce topped with Parmigiano Reggiano.

“If you have any room left, the profiteroles are outstanding with pistachio gelato. You won’t find this in many places in Raleigh.” Our Profiteroles are delicate cream puffs toasted and filled with pistachio gelato and topped with a divinely homemade chocolate sauce. This is one of just many decadent choices from our Dessert (Dolci) menu.

“For beverages, if you are a wine drinker, try the…Pinot Grigio.” By the glass, two excellent Pinot Grigio options are Le Macine and Ca’ Stella Veneto. By the bottle, two very popular Pinot Grigio choices this time of year are Dantello and Baroncini Veneto.

Thank you, Dave K, for letting us share your review and recommendation with our blog post audience. It is the holiday season and we bring North Carolina and Tuscany Region in Central Italy together for you each and every day!

Remember it is the holiday season and Mia Francesca Trattoria can host your office party, dinner party or holiday get together. Call us today and make your reservation.

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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

Raleigh Restaurant Review: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g49463-d2385694-r236113670-Mia_Francesca_Trattoria-Raleigh_North_Carolina.html#REVIEWS

Italian Cuisine is Love at First Bite

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Mia FrancescaRomantic Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Italy’s picturesque seaside villages, breathtaking country sides, lakes, and historic cities are full of gorgeous surroundings and views. While Mia Francesca Trattoria is located in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills, our fine Italian cooking and ambiance transports our guests to an authentic Italian experience that shares the heart of Northern Italy. When they take their first taste, it is love at first bite.

Our trained professional chefs, like our Head Chef Zach, teach that it is all about the quality and freshness of the delicious ingredients that are used. One of our visitor’s favorites is Fagiolini Insalata, with farm-to-table fresh string beans, outstanding onions, and tasty tomatoes. It is delicious as well as in true Italian in green, white, and red colors.

A conversation involving Italian food and culture must always include the love of fine wine. We offer three recommended Italian red wines to enjoy along with a fantastic Mia Francesca meal pairing:

  • Villa Girardi Amarone: produced in the northern Veneto region near Venice pairs well with our Filletto con Patate—grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary potatoes, fennel gratin, and garlic herb butter
  • Chiarlo “Totoniano” Barolo Nebbiolo: made in the Lange Hills of the Piedmont, is a perfect accompaniment to our Shrimp e Piselli Risotto which features Arborio rice, gulf shrimp, spring peas, asparagus, lemon, garlic, basil, and pea shoots
  • Castello Sinnino Chianti Riserva: produced in Tuscany, in central Italy near Florence, is one of the most well-known Italian wines in the world; it pairs nicely with our Spaghetti alla Bolognese which masterfully combines beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we do the gourmet Italian cooking so our guests can enjoy the experience right beside their special someone. Now that’s amore! After all, what is better than love at first bite?

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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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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

 

Raleigh’s Best Pizza is Fresh and Local!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Pizza MiaDid you know that most people in the Triangle eat at least one piece of pizza a month, easily making pizza the number one choice for fresh comfort food here in Raleigh and across Central Carolina. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, our classically trained chefs know how to make the best authentic Italian pizzas.  Stop in and visit us in Midtown Raleigh at North Hills, alongside great shopping and multitude of things to do. Our celebrated pizza, made with the freshest of ingredients, pleases even the choosiest of eaters!

All of our guests agree that Mia Francesca makes the best pizza in Raleigh! What everyone loves is the unique variety of our right out of the oven specialties. Our traditional Gorgonzola Dolce Pizza comes to your table with sweet combination of Italian veined blue cheeses from Gorgonzola, garlic, radicchio, rich mozzarella, and fresh cracked black pepper.

Our crispy and aromatic Napoletana Pizza comes with wonderful blend of arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved parmesan cheese. Our aptly named Spring Pizza comes with garlic, peas, asparagus, local pea shoots, mozzarella, and espellete. Our Salsiccia Pizza features fennel sausage, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and mozzarella.

Our focus is always on freshest farm to table ingredients, and our skilled staff will assist in the creation of any type of pizza of choice with any or all of the following toppings:

  • Zesty Sausage
  • Full-flavored Olives
  • Fresh Mushrooms
  • Nutritious Spinach
  • Seasoned Meatballs
  • Savory Onions
  • Tender Broccoli
  • Tempting Anchovies
  • Mild Goat cheese
  • Rich Mozzarella
  • Robust Swiss
  • Flavorful Fontina
  • Roasted Peppers
  • Healthy Eggplant
  • Perfect Prosciutto

With three billion pizzas sold annually here in the United States, we understand that everyone in and around Raleigh loves pizza every bit as much as anyone across the country. Over the years, we have mastered the art of creating pizzas that please our guests. The next time you are in the mood for some great local pizza,, think of authentic Italian at Mia Francesca Trattoria.

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It is Holy Week here in North Carolina and it is a wonderful time for friends and family to be together. Remember our Buffet on Easter Sunday! It is meant for everyone, and makes this Easter Sunday the holiday to remember.

It is also the perfect time of year for lamb and no one makes it any better than our own Chef Zack. Enjoy the video as he shares how to make a wonderful Garlic and Rosemary Encrusted Lamb Rack with Mint Gremolade that is both succulent and flavorful; mated to a wonderful Napa Valley Cabernet, it is a special dinner perfect for any occasion.

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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

 

 

 

Pastas, Sauces, and Wines at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

MF DessertMF WineMarch is National Sauce Month and we are ready for everyone across the Triangle to enjoy the very best in Northern Italian sauces and marinades. Our award winning kitchen staff at Mia Francesca Trattoria always adds just the right sauces to our delicious farm to table lunch and dinner entrees. These sauces enhance the flavor of our fine foods and they blend perfectly with the meal to the delight of all our guests. For Tuscany Italian, sauces can truly define fresh food and are essential to our daily menu.  Everything from our finest homemade tomato sauce to our delicious marinades, we are noted for defining all of our sauces in very unique ways.

Let’s look at two of our special pasta dishes, each with distinctive sauces, and Justin Harkey, our General Manager, will recommend a wine that complements each one. Sauces play an important role in deciding the perfect wine pairing.

First, our very popular Spaghetti alla Bolognese features beef, veal, and pork as well as fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano.  Red sauces always pair well with red wines.  We recommend our Cabernet Sauvignon, named after both the special grape and the wine it produces.  The primary taste of this excellent wine is a flavorful black current, but other overtones may include blackberry and mint.  Since Cabernets are very hearty and rich, this means they go best with our tomato-based sauces.  Mia Francesca Trattoria has four superb Cabernet Sauvignon wine selections for you to choose from every day.

Second, our delicious Pollo salsa Bianca features a farm-fresh grilled chicken breast, garlic, white wine, Alfredo cream sauce, Parmigiano, and linguini pasta. Pinot Grigio is a leaner style Italian white wine that pairs well with our cream sauces.  It has a smooth, almost silk-like flavor that leaves a wonderful impression with the most particular of connoisseurs. Mia Francesca offers two Pinot Grigio selections, both produced in the vineyards of Veneto, Italy: La Macine and Ca’ Stella.

Complete your dining experience with our chocolate sauce-covered dessert choice. Our guests love our Profiteroles, delicately toasted cream puffs filled with pistachio gelato.  They are drizzled with yummy chocolate sauce on top.  At Mia Francesca Trattoria, our pasta, sauce, and wine are just divine with or without our wonderful desserts.

Take advantage of the last two weeks in March to explore our entrees, the various sauces and their individual flavors with each visit. You find our eatery in Midtown-Raleigh at North Hills along with great shopping boutiques and more; in one of the best areas in the Triangle to stop, visit, eat and shop.

As anyone knows as they visit our restaurant, Midtown Raleigh offers the best of everything right here in North Hills. We ask that you drop by the North Hills Guest Services (also the Coldwell Banker HPW sales office), between Comfortable Soles and Varsity Men’s Wear, and get your North Hills Gift Card today. You can use it at almost any North Hills store, restaurant or salon including Mia Francesca Trattoria. Available in denominations up to $500, these gifts are perfect for any occasion.

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Easter Brunch 2014

April 20 @ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Come join us for our Easter Brunch Buffet in Raleigh, NC. We will be offering farm fresh NC grown items on our Easter menu.  $39.95 For Adults – $34.95 For Seniors 65 & Older – $18 for Children under 12  – Free for Kids Under 5 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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: urbancbn