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

Photo: Mia Francesca Trattoria

 

 

Look for Classic Italian Favorites & the Iron Chef Challenge!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Apps MFT Meat and Cheese BoardFor the people who love food, live in the Triangle and surrounding regions, and are feeling nostalgic for the classic Italian cuisine we have all seen on television and in Hollywood movies; they should look no further than Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown Raleigh. We serve our meals and appetizers as “come hungry” portions delivered tableside by smiling faces with our unique Northern Italian Tuscany twist! The only thing missing is Mom, and she is welcome as well!

Our classic, tried and true Italian starters include our well received Calamari Fritti; fried calamari served with a spicy marinara sauce. Everyone has to try our Bruschetta alla Romana, which features marinated tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil melted over crisp homemade garlic toast. Our Meat and Cheese Board is another wonderful favorite we have all seen at the dinner table in an array of old movies, and our Executive Chef Zack selects just the right artisan cheese and charcuterie along with the plump olives, fruit jam, and ciabatta crostini.

For those in the mood for a farm fresh salad, everyone enjoys our definitive Caesar Salad with its fresh hearts of romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers. After appetizers and salad, get ready for one of our classically pleasing dinner entrees.

Our authentic Italian pizza looks and tastes so much better that the ones on T.V. We offer a half dozen types of pizzas, including our Napoletana with arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, provolone, and shaved Parmesan.

We also offer our guests the option of choosing their own pizza toppings, which include these fresh vegetables:

  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichoke
  • Spinach
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Roasted Peppers
  • Eggplant

Our meats and cheeses make the pizza pie classically delicious:

  • Sausage
  • Meatballs
  • Anchovy
  • Goat cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Mozzarella
  • Swiss
  • Fontina

 

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we are all about perfecting the classics. In addition to our Italian pizza, another classic Italian dish is probably the most recognizable of all! Our Spaghetti and Meatballs in a delicious tomato basil sauce is one to remember.

Our Pollo al Parmesan has breaded chicken breasts, tomato basil sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and Linguini agil e olio. And the newest gluten-free classic Italian choice is our Penne Aglio Olio with Quinoa gluten-free penne sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, diced tomatoes, and sautéed spinach.

In the heart of the Triangle at North Hills, we are your rustic Italian restaurant of choice. Our classic Italian cuisine is divine. We should make a movie!

**Iron Chef 14

Join us for the 2nd annual Iron Chef Challenge at the Midtown Farmers’ Market this Saturday! Last year was a huge success and reigning champ, Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek of Mia Francesca, is back again!

Chefs from the following restaurants will compete live Saturday, September 27th from 9-11:30 am on the Commons at North Hills!

CHALLENGERS:

Chef Zack is back!

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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

 

 

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


 

Cheese, Wine & the Perfect Tiramisu: Epicurean Pleasures in the Triangle

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

serge bertasius photographyDid you know that National Cheese Day is Wednesday June 4? At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we think every day is a great day to enjoy the aroma and subtle scents of delicious cheeses here in Midtown Raleigh’s North Hills. Chef Zack and his team pride themselves by using only the freshest of cheeses to produce the highest quality for our authentic Tuscan Italian dishes.

Cheese is loved by everyone, and there are over 500 varieties of cheeses in the world (Wikipedia). Our select wines are the perfect complements to virtually any cheese we offer. We enjoy pairing good wines with excellent cheeses to make your dining experience one to remember. We often pair many of our cheese featured entrees with a remarkable white wine. We do this for two reasons, the sweetness of our white wines pair nicely with a wide variety of cheeses ranging from tangy and rich to the delicious semi-dry to dry. And red wines can often overpower even the most robust of cheeses. Taste is everything.

The best wines that pair well with our cheeses include:

  • Riesling: Trimbach, 2010 from Alsace
  • Riesling: Ch. St Michelle Eroica, 2011 from Washington State
  • Sauvignon Blancs: Dog Ridge “The Pup” McLaren Vale from Australia
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Bellvue Touraine, 2012 from France
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Dom and Janine Crochet, 2010 from Sancerre, France

Samplings of the Mia Francesca dishes that include an array of mouthwatering cheeses:

  • Napoletana Pizza with Provolone and Shaved Parmesan
  • Margherita Pizza contains Mozzarella
  • Salsiccia Pizza with Goat Cheese and Mozzarella
  • The option to add Gorgonzola, Fontina, and Swiss cheese to any pizza
  • Meat and Cheese Board with our chef’s selection of artisan cheese
  • Pollo al Parmesan features breaded chicken breasts with tomato basil sauce and Mozzarella and Parmesan

With the many varieties of cheeses and wines we offer, Mia Francesca Trattoria will help you select a wine and cheese pairing you will love and remember!

For the enjoyment and love of cheese, Chef Zack has perfected on video one of our classic Italian dessert presentations. Our special version of the perfect Tiramisu contains the rare and delicious Mascarpone Cheese loved by Italians since the late 16th Century. Our wonderfully sweet version is a scrumptious blend of this creamy Italian cheese, espresso, eggs, rum soaked lady fingers, cocoa powder, and farm fresh raspberries. Click here to watch how to make this classic dish from Francesca’s Table for all to enjoy.

Mia Francesca is conveniently located at North Hills in Midtown Raleigh and we welcome the opportunity to make your visit a very special time. Stop in and celebrate the cheese!

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Please check out another 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: Sergio Bertasius Photography