Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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The Vibrant Farmers’ Market and Great Italian Food Go Well Together

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Market Pizza midtownfarmersmarketAt Mia Francesca Trattoria, we take pride in using only the freshest of ingredients from local farms for every single one of our Italian culinary presentations. It is with this spirit of community is mind that we encourage you to visit the thriving Midtown Farmers’ Market right here at North Hills every single weekend. This lively neighborhood market is open from now until November 1 (8 am to noon) at the Commons at North Hills. And we would love a visit to our authentic Northern Italian restaurant to enjoy the farm to table fresh food while visiting the market.

It is important to note that the market is open only to growers; the vendors at the Midtown Farmers’ Market must sell products and produce that they themselves have produced. This means that the vendors have great knowledge of what they have grown.

Our farm rich menu at Mia Francesca’s includes:

  • Asparagi Insalata—one of our superb Italian salads with asparagus, blue cheese, and tomato
  • Vegetable Panino—comes with grilled squash, fresh Portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, wild arugula, lemon ricotta, and ciabatta
  • Spinaci aglio e olio—fresh sautéed baby spinach, garlic, olive oil, and lemon
  • Spring Pizza—with fresh garlic, peas, asparagus, local pea shoots, mozzarella, and espellette

The Farmer’s Market provides our local and regional community with a wide array of interesting product:

  • With plentiful access to healthful food options including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, handmade canned goods free of preservatives
  • An opportunity to buy local, family-farmed foods from almost fifty vendors selling farm-fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheese, baked goods, and other specialty foods and crafts
  • Natural farm fresh foods grown to sustain our land and our health
  • Educational opportunities to learn about sustainable farming methods, the importance of family farmland and growing practices

It is not unusual to see Chef Zack and other kitchen staff walking through the market looking for lunch and dinner ingredients. Come visit Mia Francesca and be assured the freshest is always at your service.

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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: Midtown Farmer’s Market

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Brunch in the Triangle

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Easter Brunch RaleighFor friends and families across Raleigh and the Triangle, the wonderful traditions continue with the warmth of spring in North Carolina. April is a month of renewal here in the region and the greening up of the Triangle and Central Carolina has begun in earnest. Spring also features the first major warm weather holiday of the year in Easter Sunday. Mia Francesca Trattoria offers a wonderful Easter Brunch fit for family and friends.

Mia Francesca (located just off the Beltline exit 8B at Six Forks Road in Midtown Raleigh) features a superb Easter Brunch and Lunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 20; as an authentic Tuscan-Italian restaurant here in Midtown Raleigh, we always feature an array of Italy’s classic Easter holiday offerings.

Our award winning kitchen is preparing a delicious array of buffet choices including our variety of salads that even the Easter Bunny is sure to like. Try the traditional Italian Caprese Salad (“Salad of Capri”) with rich vine ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. The salad resembles the Italian flag colors: green, white, and red.

Our Brunch items Include:

  • One of a kind Italian “Deviled” Eggs
  • Crisp and succulent Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Delicious Italian Sausage
  • Creamy Scrambled Eggs
  • Batter Soaked Classic Vanilla Bean French Toast

Our buffet entrees Include:

  • Tender Baby Shrimp and Grits
  • Pan Seared Salmon Carciofi
  • Robust Pollo Marsala (Chicken)
  • Roasted Lamb Shoulder
  • Slow Cooked Prime Rib

Check out of Full menu here

There will be a wide variety of delectable sweet courses at our Easter Buffet dessert tables. The most popular might be our yummy Carrot Cake. The best Easter-themed treat is our Pastiera Naploetana (Italian Easter Cake) which uses items that symbolize the holiday itself: eggs for new life and wheat for the coming of spring.  This Italian Easter dessert has lovely creamy custard filling flavored with the subtle taste of fresh citrus fruits and ricotta cheese.

The entire family can dress up for services and then all relax for the complete Easter meal.  Everyone one can enjoy the fun, the great memories and new traditions of Easter Sunday 2014.

Make reservations today for our incredible Easter Brunch and Lunch.

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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.com- 29524699

 

 

 

Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills Offers the Classic Italian Meatball Video

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

meatball1Comfort foods mean something to all of us. We often think of traditional macaroni & cheese and the standard juicy cheeseburger; but the number one comfort food in America is and always has been the classic Italian meatball! It is all in the ingredients.

Everything from the movies, T.V. commercials, kid’s books, gangster nicknames, and even IKEA is associated with this famous and time-tested delicacy. Most often paired with pasta and fresh, homemade tomato sauce; it is a weekly staple in many Triangle households. In historic and picturesque Italy, it is often center stage as the main dish of the masses and the rich elite, featured on village dining tables from Tuscany to Sicily.

There are plenty of reasons for meatball popularity. Family dinner aside, there even is a simple, romantic allure to a quiet dinner for two that features a bottle of Chianti, rich homemade pasta, and those irregular rolled golf ball sized gems we all know and love.

Do you want to know how to make the best classic Italian meatball? Let Mia Francesca Trattoria’s Executive Chef, Zach Van Gaasbeek, show you in a brand new video that features the magic of meatball preparation. The Chef says it is about bringing back the roots of Italy, combining that bold rustic flavor with simple and authentic cuisine. We have to believe!

Guests at Mia Francesca can savor these delicious and delectable meatballs in the entree Spaghetti alla Bolognese, authentic Italian pasta with beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano.  And from our gluten-free menu, try our Penne alla Bolognese, and enjoy that experience as well.

Chef Zach takes the viewer of “meatball perfection” step- by- step through the creation experience.

  • preparing the vegetables
  • adding white wine
  • the techniques for cooling the vegetables
  • adding the key ingredients for the unique flavor
  • the meat mixture preparation
  • baking to perfection
  • the final touches

Meatballs simply bring people together to laugh, break bread, and share stories. Try Mia Francesca’s meatballs by themselves without pasta, and add just enough Parmigiano- Reggianao to send the flavor over the top. Of course, a glass of Italian Red Wine pairs with it extremely well.

Now that we have everyone in Raleigh hungry, stop in for our delicious version of this Italian- American classic, and order the finest in comfort foods at the restaurant of choice here in North Hill’s Midtown.

Meet Mia Francesca’s signature meatball masterpiece the next time you visit. Make your reservations to taste Chef Zach’s meatballs today!

From Goodfellas to Lady and the Tramp, the best in Italian meatballs become the stars of the show! Reality aside, eating is so much better than watching. Bon Appetit!

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Or follow this link and make sure you catch the video and then come in and enjoy the real thing!

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Please check out another video demonstration by 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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