Mia Francesca | Raleigh, NC | Chef Zach VanGaasbeek

Mia Francesca Trattoria plates rustic Italian dishes in Raleigh’s North Hills.

Located adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping area, Mia Francesca provides a Northern Italian, casual fine dining experience that showcases Chef Zach VanGaasbeek’s appreciation for local, fresh food.  Having acquired a foundational culinary understanding as a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Chef Zach honed his affinity and respect for seasonality, terroir, and the use of micro-local ingredients while working in Sonoma county, California.  Now in Raleigh, Chef Zach mixes this passion and knowledge delivered upon Mia Francesca’s rustic, Northern Italian canvas.  Mia Francesca- Italian Restaurant Raleigh, NC  is part of Chicago based Francesca’s Restaurant Group started by Chef Scott Harris in 1992, also with locations in Arizona and California.  

Raleigh food photographer, Mia Francesca

Carpaccio- Thinly sliced New York strip w/ Capers, mushrooms, basil, tomato, arugula, endive, and shaved parmigiano reggiano

Italian appetizer food photo

Prosciutto- Thinly sliced Prosciutto di Parma w/ Wild Arugula, tomato, lemon, olive oil.

Vodka muddled with strawberries, basil, lime juice, soda water restaurant server preps for dinner service

Inside Mia Francesca Raleigh, you are greeted by a lengthy yet comfortable bar area.  Make your way furthermore into the dining room with high ceilings, brick and wood features that harken to a Northern Italian atmosphere and be sure to spend some time looking at the images of Italy’s countryside to help put you in the proper mindset.

Italian appetizer food photo

Calamari Fritti- breaded and fried calamari served w/ a rustic marinara sauce

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Pan Seared Scallops- with spicy cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, and balsamico

Pollo Limone- Pan Seared Chicken breast w/ capers, white wine, garlic, lemon over sautéed spinach.

Pollo Limone- Pan Seared Chicken breast w/ capers, white wine, garlic, lemon over sautéed spinach.

dining room at Mia Francesca desserts food photo

fresh fruit dessert food photo

Sottobosco- Seasonal Fruit, shortbread crumbles, Bavarian Cream and whipped cream.

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills St. Suite #115

Raleigh, NC 27609

Mia Francesca Italian Restaurant Raleigh, NC


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