Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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A First Time Visit to Midtown Raleigh Means Great Times

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Calimari editedMia Francesca Trattoria insideIt is March! Spring is coming to the Triangle. Believe it or not the warmer weather will give us the opportunity to create new memories and catch up with family and friends we have not seen over the winter. With warm thoughts, we invite everyone who have never visited Midtown Raleigh to visit Mia Francesca in in North Hills for a leisurely lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.

The Capital City will soon be bustling with outdoor and warm weather activities. In North Hills, where Mia Francesca is located; there is a movie theater, various boutiques and shops, fitness centers, a Farmer’s Market and all come with plenty of parking.

Mia Francesca Trattoria, a Tuscany Italian restaurant, is right next to the luxurious Renaissance Hotel in the heart of the North Hills Mall complex. Our Northern Italian restaurant is a growing favorite among Triangle residents and is a big part of the family of Chicago based Italian eateries known for their hearty fresh farm to table cooking, large portions, and affordable prices. With a casually contemporary setting, and rustic environment, Mia Francesca offers good times and simple great food.

On a first visit, as the twin doors open wide into the restaurant lobby, our guests are greeted with warm smiles by our friendly and upbeat staff. Guests can choose their own seating, with our expansive outdoor area, the large dining room, upstairs on the second floor with an overhanging nook and a great view, or in our comfortable bar area. We offer plenty of choices for relaxation.

After settling in, it’s the perfect time to select a top shelf wine from Mia Francesca’s extensive European and American wine list with offerings from France, Italy and California. We also offer Monday through Friday drink specials as well. Our beer selection includes Italy’s own, Peroni Lager, among many other micro and macro brews.

Our personable and experienced award winning Iron Chef, Zach VanGaasbeek, and his culinary team prepare house made salads with asparagus, blue cheese and fresh tomatoes among other fresh ingredients. Our “from scratch” pizzas with fresh imported and domestic cheeses and herbs, are perfect for an informal gathering of people who want to leave satisfied.

Our eclectic, ever changing, all house made menu includes crowd favorites like our tasty Polo Arrosto alla Roamo (Mar-Jac Farm roasted chicken) and Spaghetti alla Bolognese, as well as the best Calamari fritti this side of San Francesco. Our fresh desserts offer the best of Italy with Tiramisu, our Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, and Apple Crostata.

After experiencing Tuscany Italian cuisine at its finest, and enjoying the warm and friendly ambiance of Mia Francesca in North Hills, our first time guests always tell friends and family and share the news of the very best of Italy right here in the Triangle. It is an important reason to come back to North Raleigh again and again. And after just one visit, our guests know they have enjoyed Mia Francesca in Midtown Raleigh, the very best of dining experiences.

After a hard day’s work or over a busy weekend, when the Triangle wants the best value and the best food and drink, make it a Northern Italian experience. There is always a good time to enjoy a great meal. The upcoming spring means there is a lot to celebrate with the new season.

Celebrate spring at Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh!

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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

Photos: Mia Francesca Trattoria Raleigh

 

Good Times Always Mushroom Here in the Triangle

Monday, September 8th, 2014

CarpaccioDid you know that the month of September is National Mushroom Month? At Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills, our award winning kitchen, led by the reigning local Iron Chef, Zachary Van Gaasbeek places selected farm fresh mushrooms into several of our delicious gourmet Northern Italian meals.

Many guests start out their Tuscany Italian dining experience with our captivating Carpaccio appetizer, featuring thinly sliced sirloin using capers, tomatoes, mushrooms, lemon, olive oil, arugula, endive, radicchio, and Parmigiano. The name of this Italian dish has quite a history, coming about for the first time in Venice around 1950 during a special exhibition for the famous Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio, who characteristically used red and white tones in his artwork.

Our very popular and palate pleasing Pollo e Pancetta presents pan-seared farm-fresh chicken breasts and roasted potatoes combined with a delicious pancetta mushroom Marsala sauce.

Our savory and unique Salmon Asparagi entrée features fresh grilled salmon, crab, wild mushrooms, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, white wine, garlic, balsamic, and lemon. Our fabulous Fettuccine con Mais offers fresh fettuccine pasta with fresh, local sweet corn, Prosciutto di Parma (dry cured ham), farm fresh mushrooms, cracked black pepper, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

Mushrooms bring such wonderful flavor to a variety of dishes that everyone enjoys. One of our favorites is a Mia Francesca Trattoria classic suggestion that comes with fresh morel mushrooms. These special mushrooms have an intense, nutty, and earthy flavor that is absolutely heavenly when accompanied with our beef entrees. Our full-flavored Filetto con Spugnole is a special blend of grilled beef tenderloin, fresh morel mushrooms, spring onions, potatoes, grilled asparagus, and herb butter.

Because many varieties of mushrooms are cultivated all year round, we continue to place them in an array of new and delicious offerings that please every one of our visitors here in Midtown Raleigh. They are an excellent source of B vitamins and a good source of potassium. Finally, fresh mushrooms are a healthy, low-calorie food eaten cooked, raw, or served as a garnish to decorate a dish and platter. We love the value they bring to our Northern Italian presentations.

With our rustic atmosphere and our great service, Mia Francesca satisfies all of our guests with a true Italian experience. Bring family and friends to North Hills and enjoy the good times together. We are conveniently located, just 20 minutes from anywhere in the Triangle in North Hills, just off 440, adjacent to the landmark Renaissance hotel. If you want the freshest of ingredients, reasonable prices, and a comfortable and unique setting, stop in and visit us here in Midtown Raleigh. Let us take care of you!

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Looking for a great brunch in Raleigh? Come enjoy the best brunch Raleigh has to offer!

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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6 Penne Pasta Dishes that are Perfetto!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Penne“Perfetto” means perfection in Italian, and nothing is truer for our patrons after they visit Mia Francesca Trattoria. Our authentic Tuscany Italian pasta gets always gets rave reviews from all of our guests. No fine Italian restaurant is ever complete without having an extensive pasta menu. And we offer many different kinds of delicious authentic Italian pasta, including the delicious penne dishes we serve here in North Hills, Midtown Raleigh.

Penne, given its practical design, is versatile pasta with a center and ridges that allow it to hold sauce;   Mia Francesca has several “perfetto” pasta dishes made with this wonderfully shaped penne pasta.

Here are six dishes from our gluten-free menu and all are tender and scrumptious!

  • Penne e Capesante: sea scallops, roasted baby artichokes, asparagus, white wine, spicy marinara on penne pasta
  • Penne alla Bolognese: beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs, tomato basil sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano over penne pasta
  • Penne Aglio Olio: penne pasta sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, diced tomatoes, and sautéed spinach
  • Penne al Pomodoro: penne pasta sautéed in a spicy cherry tomato sauce with garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs
  • Penne alle Verdure: penne pasta sautéed with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, escarole, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts
  • Penne Amatriciana: Guanciale, Spanish onions, tomato basil sauce, olive oil, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano on penne pasta

Mia Francesca Trattoria simply has the best pasta in Raleigh!  We always serve it with the freshest farm to table ingredients.  All of our produce comes from fresh local farmer’s markets.  We are proud to continue to be an integral part of the got to be NC Agriculture program.  This program supports our community and our local Raleigh economy, and guarantees that we serve the best quality produce each and every day. Taste for yourself how wonderful our pasta dishes and our other authentic dishes are on our expansive Northern Italian menu! Remember we are just 20 minutes from anywhere in the Triangle; located just off the Raleigh Beltline (Exit 8A Six Forks Road). North Hills, the outdoor shopping area is the place to go for shopping, movie watching, pampering, and more!

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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, 36347775

 

Mia Francesca Trattoria Has The Iron Chef Champion Of Midtown Raleigh

Friday, October 4th, 2013
North Hills iron chef  Zach cooking Rabbit

Chef Zach preparing his Rabbit dish. The rabbit was raised and provided by Walk Ahead Farms from Youngsville, NC

If you have ever watched the television show Iron Chef, you know that two chefs battle it out by cooking with the same required ingredient for all three different courses.  Well, The North Hills Farmers Market had it’s own Iron Chef competition in Midtown Raleigh on Saturday September 28.

Mia Francesca Trattoria, one of the five Raleigh area North Hills restaurants, competed.  The required announced ingredients (announced at 9 a.m.) were rabbit and green beans. The rabbit was provided by North Carolina farm – Walk Ahead Farms – who offers fresh eggs, pasture raised meats, seasonal produce, herbs, and cut flower arrangements to the Raleigh area. Using fifty dollars worth of Midtown Farmers Market bucks,” the four chefs purchased their fare; in a timed one hour period, all five chefs prepared two dishes containing the required ingredients.

Mia Francesca Trattoria Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek was reportedly being very “mysterious” in his preparation. He wanted to truly surprise the judges. The competition had an official panel of five culinary adjudicators who (in addition to tasting it for themselves) took into consideration twenty-five very lucky market patrons who each tasted the second dish and gave their opinions. Who said this was easy?    

The Judges:

The Competitors:

Chef Zach used the green beans to prepare a mixed green, fig, grilled eggplant, squash salad with Fig Vinaigrette. For the Rabbit he used local stone ground grits, sauteed swiss chard, tatsoi with hot chilies, and the pan grilled rabbit with a muscadine gastique.

Chef Zach won the competition for the Best Overall Dish. The crowd-pleasing entree was plated Grilled Rabbit over Grits.  Even if you missed this year’s Iron Chef Competition, you can always enjoy fine dining in our authentic Italian restaurant or take advantage of our private catering services.  Make sure you save room for our out-of-this-world desserts!

About Iron Chef Zach VanGaasbeekChef Zach VanGaasbeek

Chef Zach VanGaasbeek first discovered a desire for cooking at the young age of 14 while a dishwasher at a local restaurant in his home town of Kingston, N.Y.  A natural curiosity to understand flavour profiles and the chemistry of food, would soon fuel a desire for a career in culinary arts.

Chef Zach attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality management and associates in culinary arts.

After graduation he spent two years in the gulf coast of Florida working for a locally owned restaurant group Culinary Concepts.

He then moved on to Sonoma county, California, where he worked with private country clubs that focused exclusively on local California wines and “farm to fork” produce.  It was here garnered an affinity and respect for seasonality, terroir, and the use of micro-local ingredients.

Now in Raleigh, at Mia Francesca’s Trattoria in North Hills, an authentic Italian restaurant – part of Francesca’s Restaurant Group – Chef Zach showcases that early love affair of local fresh food with the wonderful rustic foods of Northern Italy & Tuscany.

Drop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy the best that the Iron Chef Champion can offer at Mia Francesca!

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn gatherings, and your business meetings and networking events. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive 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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A Valentine’s Sweetheart of a Deal at Mia Francesca Trattoria Restaurant

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Valentines Day menu Raleigh, NC

Chocolate Valentine’s day dessert at Mia Francesca Restaurant – Raleigh, NC

Giving your sweetheart a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner on Thursday February 14, takes some special planning on your part. At Mia Francesca Trattoria Restaurant, the fine Northern Italian Eatery nestled inside Raleigh’s North Hills Mall, will take all of the effort away, so the two of you can enjoy an expertly prepared authentic Northern Italian meal presented with the utmost care and flavor.

Chi mangia bene, vive bene! “Who eats well, lives well!” And no day is more important than the 14th of February; a day that centers on great emotion and enjoyment. It is indeed the best moment of the year to celebrate our grande amore with that special someone in your life.

Cherish this special time together, Italian-style, with our unique Chef Zach-crafted Valentine’s Day menu. When you make your reservations 4:30 p.m. or before and 9:30 p.m. or after, you will receive a free bottle of wine or sparkling wine and an appetizer. Magnifico!

From our famous antipasto selection, we feature pepper seared sea scallops, and petite arugula salad prepared with hazelnut honey. Our entrata or entrées showcase three sumptuous choices with the sides and vegetables all included. For seafood, we present Cappellachi di Aragosta with house-made raviolis, Maine lobster, fresh herbs, and tarragon cream sauce—may we suggest our NV La Marca Prosecco sparkling wine with lots of bullicine (bubbles)?

If you’re in the mood for beef, savor our succulent Prosciutto Envuelto Filete that is good to the last bite. Our Prosciutto-wrapped beef tenderloin medallions with Fontana risotto, and Porcini mushroom/brandy cream sauce will top all expectations. Choose our Bordeaux blend Conn Creek “Herrick Red” wine to balance and not overwhelm this superb choice. Our final entrata is our slow roasted lamb shoulder, Paletilla de Cordero with Parmesan potatoes, baby root vegetables, lightly flavored with rosemary and natural jus. Our 2009 Erath Pinot Gris makes a fine and Armonioso(balanced) pairing with lamb. Buon appetito!

And every sweetheart has to find room for some dolce. On this very special day, we almost can’t wait to show you our signature molten chocolate cake with caramel Anglaise to complete your special time together on Valentine’s Day at Mia Franceseca’s.

Call us today and then surprise that special someone in your life to let them know you are only thinking about romance on Valentine’s Day. Remember, when you make your reservations 4:30 p.m. or before and 9:30 p.m. or after, you will receive a free bottle of wine or sparkling wine and an appetizer. Circle the date, Thursday, February 14th, on your heartfelt calendar and make this Valentine’s Day one to remember and cherish forever. Come and join us as well for brunch on Valentine’s Day weekend, the 16th and 17th! 

 

We are also taking reservations now for Easter weekend (March 30-31st) and Mother’s Day on May 12th. Make sure the entire family enjoys the best that North Raleigh has to offer in fine Italian cuisine! 

 ***We can also satisfy all of your catering and special event needs. Book us today for your next event! Your guests will never forget the experience!

 Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dolci Menu | Drink Menu

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Brunch in Raleigh is served every weekend Mia Francesca Trattoria

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Brunch in Raleigh - North Hills - NC

Enjoy a Mimosa at brunch in Raleigh located at Mia Francesca Italian Restaurant North Hills

Brunch Raleigh, NC

Why is Sunday brunch so much fun at Mia Francesca Trattoria, the fine Tuscan Italian Restaurant snuggled in the back of Raleigh’s North Hills Mall? Because you get to experience the delicious array of wonderful dishes handcrafted by Executive Chef Zach; plus, brunch is the perfect time to create wonderful banters with friends and family over the finest cuisine.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can bring your family and friends to Mia Francesca’s Brunch Menu to sample the uniquely Northern Italian slant on the traditional North Carolina Southern beloved, shrimp and grits. In this stunning version, you’ll enjoy spicy sautéed shrimp with fire-roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and sautéed baby spinach.

Besides the shrimp and grits, all of your expected favorites are top shelf making brunch a very special experience: frittatas, eggs, bacon, omelets and soft pancakes fill out the lengthy menu. The French bread is made the true Italian way with a pleasant tad of the southern United States: bourbon vanilla bean batter-soaked grilled bread, topped with candied walnuts, with maple whipped cream covered in warm strawberry balsamic compote. Now the taste buds soar!

Raleigh Brunch In North Hills

If you fancy a simpler brunch, we offer savory assortments a la carte such as Ciabatta toast, bacon, Italian sausage, two eggs any style, fresh fruit, house fried potatoes, cheesy polenta, prosciutto di parma and pancakes.

We bring brunch in Raleigh - North Hills Restaurant

Brunch made the Italian way, hand made with farm to table ingredients & love of food!

And to warm the soul on a winter day, enjoy the richest discerning coffee in the Triangle. We also provide a fine selection of juices, or an afternoon mimosa and Create your own Bloody Mary Bar. Speaking of great beverages, did you know that the term “brunch” was coined by the English in 1895 to describe a meal designed for “Saturday night carousers”? This makes sense because who really wants to get up early on a Sunday unless they really have to?

We want you to never wonder on a Monday morning why your weekend was more of the same old same old. A cheerful brunch with family and friends brings everyone closer together. Make sure all those smiles and memories last well into the week. Why not bring everyone to Mia Francesca’s this weekend and enjoy the unique ambiance and the enjoyable camaraderie surrounded by the sights, smells, and tastes of old world Northern Tuscany?

 

** We can also satisfy all of your catering and special event needs. Book us today for your next event!

 Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dolci Menu | Drink Menu | Brunch Menu 

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525
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Get Jazzed Up at Raleigh’s Best Italian Restaurant – Mia Francesca’s – every Thursday Night

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Why is Thursday the best night of the week to go out on the town? Because everyone’s relaxed, and there’s no pressure to end the week on

Mia Francesca Italian Restaurant North Hills Raleigh

Join Us at Mia Francesca Italian Restaurant on Thursday Nights for Live Music with The Social Designers.

a high note, like on a Friday and Saturday night. Plus, you can’t beat the drink specials and the talented local entertainment found within the ambiance of the Mia Francesca Trattoria nestled inside Raleigh’s North Hills Mall.

Now that the holiday decorations are finally put away and the New Year’s resolutions all written in stone, we bet you are more than ready to shake your groove thing at Mia Francesca’s every Thursday night from 6-9pm with The Social Designers. Featured on YouTube, they are a musical duo that specializes in Jazz, Funk and pure Americana! With the smooth vocals of Greg Sullivan on guitar and the sweet sounds of Jason Hazinski on saxophone, you’ll be tapping your feet and clapping for more of the original tunes they have performed across the Triangle and beyond. You will be so glad you did not stay late at the office.

It might be winter here in Raleigh, but the tunes are hot and the Tuscany Italian pizza is even hotter! Enjoy farm to table Margarita pizza loaded with plum tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Or if you’re in the mood for something a little more epicurean, try our Quattro Stagioni pizza topped with prosciutto, artichoke, mushrooms, olives, and eggs. All of our Northern Italian pizzas are handcrafted by Chef Zach, who ensures each pie’s crust is thin and flavorful to the last bite. It is simplicity at its finest.

Get in the mood for an early weekend with Mia Francesca’s Thursday night special: $5 house martinis. Or if you’d rather enjoy our beer selection, we’ve got you covered with everyone’s favorites; from Peroni, Italy’s finest lager, to North Carolina brews such as Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Lone Rider Shotgun Betty and Big Boss Bad Penny. Maybe you’re in the mood for a sweet (Dolci) Italian treat such as our signature Tiramisu, our crunchy chocolate-hazelnut mousse, or our orange crème brulee.

So gather the gentlemen, the ladies, the coworkers and your significant other, and make Thursday nights at Mia Francesca’s a must-do social event on your weekly calendar. The food and the music have never blended better!

  

**Make a reservation with us today! We can also satisfy all of your catering and special event needs.

 

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dolci Menu | Drink Menu

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

Mia Francesca Italian Restaurant – bringing farm fresh ingredients to the table

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012


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