il Cigno Italiano's porcini scallops
The il Cigno Mozzarella appetizer

Dinner Menu

At il Cigno Italiano, we pride ourselves on offering the finest Italian food in the Swansboro and Emerald Isle areas. Our menu features a range of dishes from different Italian regional cuisines. It includes traditional favorites like chicken parmesan alongside more unique fare. And we prepare our mozzarella, tagliatelle, pappardelle, and gnocchi in-house daily.

We also have an extensive selection of wines and cocktails to complement your meal.

In short, we offer a little something for everyone.

The pork chop Murphy at Swansboro restaurant il Cigno Italiano

Appetizers

Caprese

House-made mozzarella, baby heirloom tomato salad, fresh basil 12
(Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

Meatballs

Blend of beef and pork, grated Grana Padano cheese 11

Deviled Eggs

Topped with crab, crisp prosciutto, fried capers, parmesan crisp 9
(Gluten-free)

Deviled eggs from the il Cigno Italiano menu

Chef’s Arancini

Fried, filled risotto with a daily featured chef’s choice 14

Steamed Mussels

P.E.I. mussels in spicy tomato broth or garlic, white wine and lemon sauce 14
(Gluten-free)

Calamari

Flash-fried, side of our Old World marinara 14

Eggplant Meatballs

Seasoned, roasted eggplant, Italian bread crumbs, blush sauce 13
(Vegetarian)

Bruschetta

Toasted crostini topped with a blend of house-made mozzarella, fontina cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes 11 (Vegetarian)

il Cigno Mozzarella

Serves four, served warm; house-made daily, paired with baby heirloom tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, crostini, extra virgin olive oil 21

additional sides of heirloom tomatoes or artichokes 4

(Vegetarian)

Salads

Caesar Salad

House-made Caesar dressing, crisp Romaine, croutons, shaved Grana Padano; Small 7, Large 11

Extra anchovies 2

House Salad

Mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes; Small 5, Large 8 (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

Arugula Salad

Toasted pignoli nuts, oranges, shaved fennel, ricotta salata cheese, Sicilian blood orange vinaigrette; Small 9, Large 14 (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

Specialties of the House

Osso Bucco

Slow-braised veal shanks, caramelized cipollini onions, orange Marsala sauce; over mascarpone polenta 36
(Gluten-free)

Pork Chop Murphy

N.C. Heritage Farms Cheshire pork, bone-in, center cut, roasted potatoes, red onions, sweet and hot cherry peppers, balsamic reduction 28

Pappardelle Bolognese

House-made pappardelle pasta, ground pork, crushed tomatoes, fresh fennel, onions, carrots 27

Halibut

Grilled, roasted butternut squash risotto, brown butter thyme, lemon sauteed spinach 36 (Gluten-free)

Sea

Clams Linguini

Fresh little-neck and whole baby clams in marinara or garlic and white win sauce 24

Seafood Manicotti

Herb crepe filled with shrimp, scallops, crab, and ricotta cheese; roasted red pepper cream sauce 30

Porcini Scallops

Seared, porcini-dusted sea scallops on a bed of creamy braised leeks with fresh sage and truffle oil, all topped with crisp fried potatoes 34

Tuscan Salmon

Salmon fillet grilled and served over a ragout of white bean, fennel, rosemary, onion, and tomato 28

Seafood fra Diavolo

Shrimp, calamari, clams, mussels, and linguini in spicy marinara 30

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

Grilled shrimp with roasted tomatoes, cipollini onions, Italian parsley, and olive oil served atop our rich, creamy mascarpone polenta 26

Grilled jumbo shrimp at il Cigno

Land

Clams Linguini

White wine, lemon juice, capers; over linguini; Chicken 24, Veal 28

Saltimbocca

Slow-simmered Old World marinara, house-made mozzarella; over linguini; Chicken 24, Veal 28

Victoria

Artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, basil, lemon cream sauce; over linguini; Chicken 24, Veal 28

Filet

Espresso rubbed, gorgonzola roasted garlic butter, Yukon mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable 42 (Gluten-free)

Parmesan

Slow-simmered Old World marinara, house-made mozzarella; over linguini; Chicken 24, Veal 28

Beef Short-Rib

Boneless, braised short-rib in a sauce of red wine and aromatics; over house-made tagliatelle 30

Marsala

Crimini mushrooms, shallots, thyme, Marsala wine, demi-glace; over linguini; Chicken 24, Veal 28

The chicken marsala at il Cigno

Pasta

Gnocchi Pomodoro

House-made gnocchi, cushed San Marzano tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil 22
(Vegetarian)

Cacciatore

Hot Italian sausage, chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms, red wine marinara, rigatoni 24

Penne Alfredo

Parmesan and Romano cream reduction 18
(Vegetarian)

Spaghetti & Meatballs

House meatballs and marinara 19

Penne Vodka

Plum tomatoes, blush sauce 18
(Vegetarian)

Penne with Seared Filet Tips

Cipollini onions, mushrooms, mascarpone cheese, port wine demi-glace 28

Please advise our staff of food allergies. Nuts and other food allergens are present in our kitchen. While we make every effort to keep these items separate, we cannot guarantee allergen-free dishes.

“Gluten-free” and “Vegetarian” denotations are for dietary preference only. Additional items may be prepared gluten-free for dietary purposes upon request.

 Government-Required Notice: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, shellfish, seafood, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions or immune disorders.