Back in the 1500’s, Italians started growing tomatoes for their raw and natural beauty. Typically found in flower beds in their earliest history, there are several delicious varieties grown today, all known for their intense flavor and each one carrying interesting names such as the Italian Pear and the Pantanara. Here in North Carolina, our delicious garden grown tomatoes are just as tasty and superb as their cousins in Italy.
As everyone knows in the Triangle, Mia Francesca Trattoria selects only the freshest of ingredients for every one of our entrees, appetizers and desserts. Here in August as we approach the Labor Day weekend, we offer four late summer menu choices that feature our North Carolina grown farm fresh heirloom tomatoes.
Our Northern Italian restaurant, nestled in the very popular North Hills section of Midtown Raleigh, is very easy to locate and visit. We pride ourselves for our culinary excellence as one of the best Tuscany Italian restaurants in the Triangle. We are also very proud members of the Got to Be NC Agriculture Program. As members of the prestigious program, we support our local North Carolina growers and deliver that promise of farm to table freshness to each and every guest.
Here are four summer themed entrees sure to make everyone smile and enjoy:
- Our Insalata Panzanella is tastefully showcased with juicy heirloom tomatoes, along with red onion, arugula, herbed croutons, red wine vinaigrette, basil, fresh mozzarella, and aged balsamic. Our guests love this classically natural Italian salad.
- Our Halibut Panzanella features pan seared halibut, heirloom tomatoes, red onions, herbed croutons, arugula, red wine vinaigrette, basil, and Saba. This is another palate pleasing Mia Francesca Trattoria meal surrounded with fresh tomatoes.
- Our Heirloom Tomato-Pesto Pizza is an authentic Italian pizza with local farm fresh tomatoes, basil pesto, garlic, oregano, Parmigiano, olive oil, and sea salt. It is interesting to note that Pesto is a definitive Italian sauce that originated from Genoa in the Liguria region of Northern Italy.
- Our Heirloom Tomato Panino presents Italian ciabatta bread cut horizontally and filled with fresh local heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, applewood smoked bacon seasoned with basil, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon aioli. Our guests really enjoy our satisfyingly earthy Italian Panini.
We recommend pairing any of our tomato-themed selections with a Pinot Grigio Italian wine. We offer Le Macine or Ca’ Stella, both complementary wine choices come from Veneto, Italy. Make your reservations today to enjoy our farm fresh heirloom tomatoes in one of these divine dishes at Mia Francesca Trattoria.
From all of us to all of you: “Molto delizioso” in Italian means “very delicious”! Stop in and find out why our guests love Mia Francesca!
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
Mia Francesca Trattoria
Phone: (919) 278-1525
Photo: Tomatoes, Dreamstime