Mia Francesca Trattoria

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

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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

Italian White Wine Varietals Presented By Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Come to Mia Francesca Trattoria, located in Raleigh at North Hills, for the best authentic Italian cuisine.  We launched our Italian wine series recently with a brief history of winemaking and since followed it  by discussing the famous  Italian wine regions.  Last week we posted our most recent article on red wine varietals and this week we offer a review of Italian white wines from Mia Francesca’s wine list.

Although Italy is better known for its wonderful array of red wines, Italy’s white wines, especially Pinot Grigio, are very pleasant when compared to France, Germany, and Northern California. Tuscany, where our culinary roots come from, offers a very flavorful array of excellent white wines. The rich and sweet flavor of native Italian white grapes bring pleasure to the tables at Mia Francesca Trattoria and they go extremely well with our light seafood dishes, fresh salmon, and delicious desserts. Italian wine and our locally fresh food pairings make our dining experience a unique one. Of course, the finest Italian white wine is good all by itself, poured into a tall glass and savored with friends and family.

White Wine Varietals of Italy

Here are six excellent examples of white wines in the Italian White Wine Selection:

  • Chardonnay—described as the “king of white wines”; Chardonnay is easy-to-grow, versatile, and is planted throughout Italian White Wine Varietals Italy. It is also an important component of Champagne.
  • Pinot Grigio—comes from a large wine producing region in Northeastern Italy; grapes can vary widely in color from silvery blue to grayish violet to ashen yellow; when produced the wines are white to slightly pink in color; the taste is crisp, light, and dry.
  • Riesling—considered to be one of the world’s greatest white wine grapes; a balance of good acid and high sugar levels produces wines with considerable aging potential; taste is delicate, but complex as well as spicy, but fruity in flavor; a long finish. 
  • Grechetto—grown in Italy’s Umbria region, delightfully rich and nutty in character.
  • Soave—Italy’s most popular dry white wine, located in the Western part of Italy’s Veneto area (east of Verona and around the town of Soave.)
  • Arneis—a white wine grape that originated and is primarily grown in the Roero hills of Italy’s Southern Piedmont; once nearly extinct, it has made a good comeback in recent years; it can produce very good wines with the fragrant characteristics of apples, pears, and a hint of licorice.

Remember our pairing principles include delicious foods and wonderful wines for our special guests. Our Monday wine specials make the start of the week as enjoyable as one can get with 50% off all wines from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers private dining options as well as quality catering in the Raleigh area.  Either way, you taste incredible authentic Italian cuisine while you make memories with family and friends.

**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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