Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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Italian Comfort Food in the Capital City and the Triangle

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Mia F brushettaNorthern Italian food is extremely popular here in North Carolina and across the United States. Actually, when we think about it, tasting great Italian food fills all of us with good thoughts. Who doesn’t like bowls of pasta and hearty sauces? Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh, is a true Tuscany  Italian restaurant that focuses on both the mood and food. The best of Italy is right around the corner for many Triangle residents. Raleigh’s 440 Beltline at Six Forks (North Hills) is the world headquarters for Italian comfort food and all the benefits.

Each fresh seasonal menu creation comes to every table expertly served by our professional staff; and our culinary team uses only farm and ocean fresh ingredients to produce all of our “made from scratch” favorites. Executive Chef Zack VanGaasbeek and his entire Mia Francesca team are dedicated to the fine art of Italian cooking and pleasing our guests with the finest preparations available.

Mia Francesca believes in comfort food where an occasional, even weekly indulgence puts a smile on every guest. We always remember that comfort food just tastes good. Recent studies have suggested that the foods we love, both the healthy foods and the comfort cravings, improve our moods, create positive thoughts, and promote a great well-being. Food and mood do not just rhyme. They go together.

There is a great variety of Tuscany inspired Italian food here at Mia Francesca Trattoria. We offer several menus for our honored guests:

  • Lunch: Savor our marvelous Meat and Cheese Board, crisp Caesar Salad, and popular Italian pizza
  • Dinner: Experience our unique Lamb Meatballs, fresh Dinner Salad, and cheesy Chicken Parmesan
  • Gluten-free : Whether by choice or by necessity and dietary lifestyle, we offer an array delicious choices, guaranteed to wow everyone
  • Kids: We offer our tender pasta, cheese pizza, and chicken with fries
  • Weekend Brunch: Every weekend, we offer an enormous selection for Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check out our freshly-squeezed orange juice, House Buttermilk Pancakes, and Cheesy Polenta
  • Wine List: Our premium list of selective wines from all over the world create a picture of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards; our choices are available by the glass or by the bottle and we offer Monday specials; 50% off all wines every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Dolci: Our classic Italian desserts (like Tiramisu) and other very popular dessert favorites, like Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake just make for sweet comfort. We even offer a Dessert Platter of our chef’s assorted selections for the whole table to enjoy

Additionally, our restaurant options give our guests a lot of choices for the good times:

  • Private Catering: Mia Francesca services the local North Raleigh and Capital City area
  • Private Events: Get togethers, gatherings, parties, formal business meetings and even regal wedding celebrations are welcomed by our staff with open arms
  • Gift Cards: Pick one up for friends and families to enjoy as a surprise or as a gifts to all those who find comfort in great Italian food and atmosphere!

Our comfortable, yet elegant, surroundings have gained a popular following in the Triangle area. Guests appreciate Mia Francesca Trattoria’s fine Italian cuisine. And we appreciate the fact that food and mood indeed go together! From healthy to just plain tastes good, come to Mia Francesca in North Raleigh!

What are you doing on Easter Sunday? We would love to see you.

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Enjoy our Easter Brunch and Lunch on Sunday April 5th and enjoy a great time with family and friends!

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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July is National Culinary Arts Month!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Mia PieCenturies ago, food used to be what people needed to survive. Over the recent decades, food has appreciated into an art driven by both looks and taste. Our award winning culinary chefs and kitchen staff at Mia Francesca Trattoria consistently serves the most delectable and eye-catching Italian cuisine in Raleigh and the Triangle. Alongside shopping, salons, theatres, and more at North Hills, our Northern Italian restaurant is located in Midtown Raleigh, the heart of the Central Carolina region. July is the month all of us can observe and appreciate the beauty of how Italian food brings friends, family, and coworkers together.

As thousands of people watch the Food Network and other related cable channels, they are learning about fine cooking and dining from a growing number of these television programs; in just the past few years, there has been a boom in appreciation of the culinary arts. Executive Chef Zack and his professional kitchen staff skillfully prepare meals that are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye.

For example, our very popular Meat and Cheese Board appetizer has Chef Zack’s selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie, olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini. With our scrumptious main courses, our guests have wide variety of savory choices, including our Lobster Cappellacci, which is Maine lobster filled with fresh pasta, spring peas, baby spinach, tarragon, and a delicious lobster cream sauce. Another excellent choice is our Fussilli con Pesto or corkscrew shaped pasta, basil pesto, fresh string beans, fresh mozzarella, and pine nuts. Mia Francesca is known for its authentic Tuscany Italian pizza like the Napoletana, which has fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan. This choice is one of the favorites in our lounge and bar area.

Finish every meal with one of our Dessert Platters, featuring assorted chef’s selections designed for sharing among and larger groups. Our Duo of Cannolis could be on the platter, and our cannolis come with a pistachio ricotta filling, chocolate chips, pistachio orange brittle, and a peanut butter mousse filling candied peanuts, and raspberry agrodolce. Be sure to end your Northern Italian experience with one of our many Italian Illy Coffee choices like Cappuccino, Espresso, Caramel Macchiato, and Mocha-cino.

July is the perfect time to visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. After all, it is Culinary Arts Month!

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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


 

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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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

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: Dan freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

 

Recipe: Browned Butter Nutella-filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Recipe Ingredients for cookies:Browned Butter Nutella-filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 ¼ cup all purpose flour

1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter

1  cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon sour cream

1 ½ cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1 jar of nutella, chilled in the fridge (for at least 8 hours or overnight)

Coarse kosher salt for finishing

Recipe Instructions 

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking occasionally.  After a few minutes the butter will begin to foam; continue cooking, whisking constantly until the butter starts to brown on the bottom of the saucepan.  Continue to whisk and remove the butter from the heat as it becomes a golden color and begins to give off a nutty aroma.  Immediately pour into a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool to almost room temperature, whisking it occasionally to help in this process.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and egg yolk, then slowly whisk in the sour cream and vanilla extract; set aside.

Once the browned butter has cooled, combine it with the sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix until well blended.  Slowly mix in the egg mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl once incorporated and mixing a few seconds more.  On the lowest speed stir in the flour mixture.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough for at least 2 to 4 hours or, if you can, make the dough the day before you’ll be using it and let it chill overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  Using two tablespoons of dough per cookie, measure the chilled dough and roll them into balls.  Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand until fairly thin.  Drop a half-teaspoon to teaspoon of chilled nutella into the middle of each and reshape into a ball, making sure there are no cracks or holes the nutella can melt from (add more dough to each if necessary!).  Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheets two inches apart from each other.  Flatten the tops very gently, and sprinkle each cookie with just a little of the coarse grained kosher salt (you can omit the salt if preferred).

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, turning the trays halfway during the baking time to ensure they brown evenly.  The middles of the cookies will look slightly underdone but will continue to cook on the baking sheets once out of the oven.  Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

***If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making Traditional Italian Biscotti.

Our 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

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525
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The Best Pasta in Raleigh – Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Looking for The Best Pasta in Raleigh?

For the best pasta in Raleigh is at Mia Francesca Trattoria the Raleigh restaurant. We continue to bring the best Northern Italian cuisine to the greater Raleigh area.Best Pasta Raleigh, NC Located in the growing North Hills complex that features shopping boutiques, office spaces, a movie theatre and gym, the eatery is located at 4100 Main at North Hills street.

If the best pasta in Raleigh is what you are looking for then make every date on your calendar one to remember and enjoy an intimate, romantic dinner for two, a family gathering filled with smiles and laughter, and have entertaining lunch with friends any day of the week. If there is an occasion, Mia Francesca Trattoria is the restaurant of choice in the Triangle. We also offer the best pasta in Raleigh in private dining rooms that can accommodate various business activities and networking groups. Rehearsal dinner and wedding receptions are perfect when they are experienced with the highest level of service and culinary excellence possible.

Having the best pasta is Raleigh is reallyabout great handmade pasta! You simply have not had pasta until you have tasted Mia Francesca’s flavorful, authentic Italian pasta offerings. Our Linguine e Carpesante features sea scallops with roasted artichokes, garlic, white wine, and tomato basil sauce. Our Penne con Panchetta includes Italian Sausage with sundried tomatoes, garlic, white wine, tomato basil sauce, and Laura Chanel goat cheese. Our Gnocchi con Pesto has sautéed potato dumplings with basil pesto, pine nuts, chopped tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Plus we have a great Gluten Free menu – featuring gluten free pastas!

The Restaurant with the Best Pasta in Raleigh

You can also enjoy our definitive Spaghetti and Meatballs perfectly presented in a delightful tomato basil sauce. Our Spaghetti alla Bolognese showcases three hearty meats (beef, veal, and pork) along with fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Our Penne Rapini offers Penne pasta served with broccoli rabe, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and shaved parmesan. Our Aragosta Cappellachi is a juicy Maine lobster filled with fresh pasta, spring peas, baby spinach, and a lovely lobster cream sauce. Last, and equally superb, is our Penne Pollo Diavola, a grilled local farms chicken breast with kalamata olives, capers, chili flakes, and spicy tomato basil.

Not Only The Best Pasta in Raleigh…

In addition to our tender and flavorful pasta, Mia Francesca Trattoria offers so much more with savory appetizers (like calamari or bruschetta), farm-fresh salads, authentic Italian pizzas (with the option to pick your own toppings for your personal taste), superior shore to table seafood, moist farm raised chicken, and mouthwatering lamb chops. Not to mention our scrumptious desserts you can enjoy with one of our choice wines or soothing coffees. We have something for everyone at Mia Francesca Trattoria!

Click below, review our very latest menu, and then stop in for the dining experience you will always remember. We look forward to seeing you.

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Visit us here: http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dolci Menu Brunch Menu | Gluten Free Menu

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525
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