House-made mozzarella platter, on the menu at il Cigno Italiano
The filet at il Cigno Italiano

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, like rigatoni melanzana. And we prepare our mozzarella, tagliatelle, pappardelle, and gnocchi in-house daily.

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

In short, we offer a little something for everyone.



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

Steamed Mussels

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

Deviled Eggs

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

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



Blend of beef and pork, grated Grana Padano cheese 11


Flash-fried, side of our Old World marinara 14


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

Eggplant "Meatballs"

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

Chef's Arancini

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


Caesar Salad

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

Extra anchovies 2

Arugula Salad

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

House Salad

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


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


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

Add to any pasta: chicken 6, shrimp 8, or salmon 16

Substitute house-made pasta 5


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

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

Tuscan Salmon

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


Gnocchi Pomodoro

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

Spaghetti & Meatballs

House meatballs and marinara 19


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

Penne Vodka

Plum tomatoes, blush sauce 18 (Vegetarian)

Penne Alfredo

Parmesan and Romano cream reduction 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.