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

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Let’s Celebrate California Wine Month in the Triangle

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

PrintWith the relaxing Labor Day weekend behind all of us, it is time to shift gears and find something new to celebrate that will be longer than just three days. We at Mia Francesca have great news for wine lovers in the Triangle. September is the tenth anniversary of California Wine Month. At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we are proud of our fabulous U.S.A. home grown wine list, which includes a superb selection of wines from the Golden State of California.

With more than 100 varieties of grapes home grown in California, there are almost 4000 local wineries located as far north as the Oregon border and as far south as San Diego covering more than 700 miles of vineyard country. It is interesting to note that if California was its own country, it would be the fourth largest wine producer in the world.

California grapes have been produced for almost 250 years, combining art, tradition, innovation and wonderful flavor. These sun-soaked vineyards account for nearly ninety percent of the American wine production. California’s sustainable wine growing and wine making practices preserve the lands for future generations and contribute to the highest wine quality available. Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills Midtown Raleigh, offers California wines from Sonoma, the Central Coast, Napa Valley and Santa Barbara.

Here are four wines that we proudly serve from the famous Napa Valley of California’s North Coast:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Vellum 2009: with tastes of currant, blueberry, pepper, and oak, medium body, nice lingering finish
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Newton 2009: red and black cherry and currant on the nose and palate; good minerality, acidity; medium body, intensity
  • Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2009:  fruit, floral and spicy characteristics, backed by refined tannins and balancing acidity, bold yet restrained, velvety
  • Pine Ridge Chenin Viognier 2012: crisp, light, fruity, nice texture, medium palate, clean finish

These full-bodied wines pair very well with our wonderful Bruschetta alla Romana: fresh garlic toast and marinated tomatoes with rich mozzarella and olive oil. Enjoy them with our Heirloom Tomato-Pesto Pizza as well. For a true Tuscany Italian experience, no wine goes better with our locally famous and ever popular Spaghetti and Meatballs experience. Finally, our Filetto con Spugnola is one of our center stage entrées and can be paired very nicely with California Carbernet: this dish features deliciously grilled beef tenderloin, morel mushrooms, spring onions, potatoes, and grilled asparagus with herb butter.

Whether you are in the mood for the finest of wines or one our expertly made libations, every guest will certainly enjoy gourmet and authentic Italian cuisine. Make your reservations for a dining experience to remember fondly with every visit.

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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: http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CaliforniaWineMonthLogo2014_1500x1416.jpg

 

The Best Wine and Dine Experience in Raleigh

Monday, August 11th, 2014

MFT wine bottles MFT Wikipedia Vineyards Chianti RegionDid you know that Italy is the top five for the most popular international tourist destinations in the world? That is no surprise to Mia Francesca Trattoria, the North Hills restaurant that features the best Tuscany-Italian cuisine in the Triangle. We are located next to the landmark Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel in Midtown Raleigh. Our culinary focus is a fresh farm and sea to table daily menu that is so authentic that many of our guests are convinced they are dining in foothills of Northern Italy.

In the home country of Italy, Tuscany is one of the most popular regions for tourists, locals, fine wines and delicious food. Tuscany is a large region in the Northwest that features a varied landscape from the beautiful foothills and mountains to the tranquil seaside. It’s travel attractions include historic cities like Florence where the arts, great wines, and spectacular local foods are the cornerstone of what the area is all about, from the medieval hill towns to the beautiful countryside.

The Chianti Classico wine region in Tuscany, a popular Italian vacation destination, lies between the larger cities of Florence and Siena. The Chianti region has picturesque villages, wineries, and gorgeous landscapes.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers three delightful and unforgettable Chianti red wine selections from our wine list:

  • Castello Sinnino Chianti Riserva
  • Ruffino Chianti Reserva Tan Label (2010)
  • Amadeo Chianti (2010)

Montepulciano is a beautiful walled city in Tuscany, built on a sloping and narrow limestone ridge. Montepulciano has one of the most impressive main squares in Tuscany and has many beautiful Renaissance buildings. The wines produced here are phenomenal. Wine lovers here in Raleigh can enjoy our superb Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano (2010).

After choosing a fine wine tableside, please select one of our delectable appetizers. For lunch or dinner, we offer the tastiest authentic Italian pizza and most heavenly authentic Italian pasta. Complete your epicurean experience with one of our divine desserts including our Dessert Platter; it is filled with Executive Chef Zach’s selection of the day’s temptations to share with up to ten people. No matter how you slice it, we love pleasing our guests with true Italian fanfare.

As the lazy hazy days of summer slowly draw to a close, enjoy our outdoor eating area and spend some time with us contemplating the day and the season. Treat yourself to the best. Treat yourself to Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills!

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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

 

 

Enjoy Tuscany Wines from Mia Francesca Trattoria

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

North Raleigh Italian Restaurant

The Tuscany region of Italy, and the wonderful city of Florence are both known as historic centers for the arts, the old world influence, and the Italian Renaissance; yet it is the special wines and the delicious food that bring millions of visitors to Tuscany each and every year.

Experience the tastes and passion of authentic Tuscany cuisine right here in Triangle, without ever buying that plane ticket and heading to Italy on vacation. Mia Francesca Trattoria, in North Hills Midtown Raleigh, invites everyone to enjoy our own unique cultural and culinary delights as they dine with us. Our professional trained chefs, and the  authentic food we prepare fresh each and every day, will ensure a unique epicurean experience for every guest. In addition to our flavorful entrees and appetizers, the gathering of friends, family, and business associates is always a great idea; unwind and enjoy a glass of wine from our selective list.

The Italian wine industry, especially in the northwest regions of Italy, has experienced an exhilarating revival over the past years that truly set it apart from other wine producing nations.  In fact, each year, one in fifty Italians is involved with the grape harvest and wine production.  Italy continues to produce some of the best wines found anywhere.

The Tuscany Region has always been one of the finest wine producing areas in both Italy and the world.  The Tuscany growers are among the most modernized in the world.  The popular wines produced here include: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers the finest Italian red and white wines that come from this elite Italian wine region that is known for both rarity and quality.

Here are four additional classic Italian wines we serve:

  • Le Macine: dry, medium-bodied, crisp acidity; a traditional Italian Pinot Grigio with fresh scents of peach and flowers
  • Ca’ Stella:   light, crisp, and dry; complemented by an aroma of lemon, green apple and blossoms
  • Baroncini Vernaccia::pleasant acidity, slightly salty; scent of green apples and lemon
  • Santa Sofia Soave: dry, crisp, fruity white wine; refreshing appeal

The Italian proverb, “Amico e vino vogliono essere vecchi” literally translates to “Friends and wine they want to be old.”  This proverb means that old friends, like old wine, are best!  When dining at Mia Francesca Trattoria, everyone will agree that we serve the best Italian wine and cuisine— Bon Appétit!

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Join us on Easter Sunday!

April 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mia Francesca Trattoria,
4100 Main At North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609 United States

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Mia Francesca Trattoria Easter Buffet Come join us for our Easter Brunch Buffet in Raleigh, NC. We will be offering farm fresh NC grown items on our Easter menu.  $39.95 For Adults – $34.95 For Seniors 65 & Older – $18 for Children under Twelve  – Free for Kids Under 5 – 10am to 4pm

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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

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Italian Red Wine Varietals Presented by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

All of the major Italian Red Wine varietals are served in our restaurant are unique both in flavor and aroma; the best Italy will ever serve. It is interesting to note that red wines are a classification of wine made from typically dark-colored (black) grape varieties.  The actual color of these wines can range from intense violet, typical of young wines to brick red for mature and brown for mature red wines.

Are you looking for one of the best special occasion restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina?  Come visit Mia Francesca Trattoria Italian Red Wine Varietalslocated in the heart of Raleigh’s Mid-town at North Hills. Convenient to everywhere in the Triangle, our central location makes us easy to find. We specialize in private rooms for parties, large and small, that include wedding rehearsal dinners, business meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, and anniversary dinners. Our indoor and outdoor dining areas are perfect for those smaller more intimate celebrations.

Our extensive wine list is always an excellent addition to our menu as you enjoy the best in Northern Italian cuisine and ambiance.

Here are six excellent examples of the Mia Francesca Selection:

  • Villa Girardi Amarone: A lusty, full-bodied wine, made with partially-dried Corvina grapes grown in the Veneto region of Italy
  • Portocamaro Barbera D’Alba: A varietal wine produced mainly in the Piedmont region of Italy, an intense berry flavor, so versatile it goes well with a variety of good foods
  • Chiarlo “Totoniano” Barolo Nebbiolo: A dry, full-bodied magisterial wine from Nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo area of the Piedmont of Italy, has complex aromas and flavors
  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Reserva:  A very dry, select medium-bodied, with lovely tart-cherry flavor, mainly from Sangiovese grapes grown in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy
  • Novaia Valpolicella: A medium-bodied wine comes mainly from Corvina grapes in the Valpolicella area of the Veneto region of Italy
  • Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano: A medium-bodied wine with red cherry flavor, made from Sangiovese grapes in Montepulciano, in the Tuscany region of Italy

In our first post in this special Mia Francesca Wine Series, we discussed the brief history of winemaking, which we followed by exploring the unique and different wine regions in Italy.  Next week, we will discuss white wines. We hope you find this series informative and useful.

In addition to our fabulous wine selections, we have the best authentic Italian pizza and the best authentic Italian pasta in the Triangle area!

At Mia Francesca, you will always enjoy the best.

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Check out Mia Francesca’s participation in the Iron Chef Challenge at the Midtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 28th from 9-1130 a.m. on the Commons. Our very own Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek, is one of the Culinary All Stars and we need you to come down and cheer him on!

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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Mia Francesca Trattoria: The Best Italian Restaurant in Raleigh

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Want the best Italian food in Raleigh?

The Best Pizza in Raleigh, NC

If you live in the Triangle or in close proximity to Raleigh, look no further than the best Italian restaurant in Raleigh, Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills for the premier in Northern Italian cuisine.  We are conveniently located in Raleigh’s Midtown just off 440 East and Six Forks Road and we offer relaxing outdoor and indoor seating with large rooms available for group and private dining.

Our guests choose Mia Francesca Trattoria for those private group dining experiences that might include celebrations, productive business meetings, birthday gatherings, anniversary dinners, and even elegant wedding receptions and memorable bar and bat mitzvahs.

We can even come to your off-site location with our design-your-own catering package:

  • Tell us  the number of people
  • Choose the menu items
  • Select the level of service required

Make your perfectly catered Raleigh area event the success you need it to be! 

From our scrumptious appetizers, to the farm- to- table fresh salads, to the melt-in-your-mouth meals, to the heavenly desserts; Chef Zack and his staff prepare the finest in authentic Italian cuisine.

Here is a sampling of our Northern Italian menu selections:

Appetizers

  • Bruschette alla Romana: garlic toast covered with marinated tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with olive oil
  • Spinaci aglio e olio: sautéed baby spinach with garlic, olive oil, and lemon

Farm Fresh Salads

  • Asparagi Insalata: fresh asparagus with blue cheese and tomatoes and a juicy lemon wedge
  • Caesar Salad: hearts of romaine, garlic, shaved Parmigiano, and roasted bell peppers

Lunch or Dinner

  • Penne con Pancetta: cured pork belly, Italian sausage, garlic, herbs, and tomato basil sauce
  • Pollo Arrosto alla Romano:  farm fresh roasted half chicken with white wine and chili flakes and accompanied with rosemary herb roasted potatoes

Desserts

  • Torta Bacio: chocolate-hazelnut mousse with cocoa nibs and chocolate crunch
  • Fig and Almond Crostata—chestnut honey, ricotta whipped cream, with a blueberry basil mixture

At Mia Francesca Trattoria, we also have a popular and extensive wine selection.  Please stop in for our every Monday Wine Special: 50% off all wines, and our every Thursday Drink Special: 50% off select cocktails. Late summer means good times!

Come in on the weekend and enjoy the best Brunch in the Triangle. Mia Francesca is open for both a Saturday and Sunday Brunch in Raleigh, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Anytime you dine with us, for any occasion and every occasion, you will be glad you did!

***If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making Traditional Italian Biscotti.

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525
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