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

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Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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The Triangle’s Ultimate Italian Seafood Experience

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Mia-Francesca-Raleigh-Pan-Seared-ScallopsPeople who dine at Mia Francesca Trattoria agree that we serve only the best authentic Northern Italian cuisine in the Triangle. That is why so many people enjoy coming back to our restaurant again and again. We are located a short distance from everywhere in the Triangle at North Hills Midtown Raleigh; the area is filled with terrific shopping, specialty shoppes, boutiques, fitness centers, and movie theaters. While many North Carolinians think pizza and pasta when they think Italian food, some might be surprised to know that we are famous for our fresh seafood as well.

In Italy, the domestic diet relies heavily on the richness of the Mediterranean Sea, which surrounds the entire peninsula. From the consumption of small fish along the shore to commercially organized fisheries in the larger markets of Milan and Rome, fish is one of the most important aspects of the Italian heritage. With this history in mind, Mia Francesca offers a superb variety of luscious seafood dishes.

Our specialties include succulent Shrimp e Piselli Risotto, which features fresh gulf shrimp with flavorful asparagus, lemon, garlic, basil, pea shoots, on a bed of Arborio rice. Our Sea Scallop Fagioli is offered with delicious pan seared sea scallops, white beans, fresh artichokes, baby spinach, balsamic, and saba. Our Striped Bass con Farro delights Triangle taste buds with pan seared striped bass, ancient grain faro, radiccio, spring onions, citrus, grilled lemon vinaigrette, and salsa verde.

In addition to our fresh shrimp, sea scallops, and bass, our Lobster Cappellacci brings to the table fresh Maine lobster filled with fresh pasta, spring peas, baby spinach, tarragon, and a rich lobster cream sauce. Finally, our incredible Salmon con Farro comes with flavorful grilled salmon, ancient grain faro, radiccio, spring onions, citrus, grilled lemon vinaigrette, and salsa verde.

Be ready to save room for one of our Italian heritage desserts! We welcome first time guests to North Hills and just know the experience will make Mia Francesca a regular experience in the future.

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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 North Hills Raleigh

 

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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