il Cigno's porcini scallops
The il Cigno mozzarella platter
The halibut from the il Cigno Italiano menu

Dinner Menu

We pride ourselves on offering the finest Italian food in the Swansboro and Emerald Isle areas. The il Cigno Italiano 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.


Lasagna Eggrolls

House-made Bolognese sauce, parmesan, romano,
mozzarella, and ricotta cheese

Deviled Eggs

Topped with crab, crisp prosciutto, fried capers, parmesan crisp


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


Blend of beef and pork, grated Grana Padano cheese

Chef’s Arancini

Risotto, sausage, peppers in marinara

Steamed Mussels

P.E.I. mussels in spicy tomato broth or garlic, white wine and lemon sauce


Flash-fried, side of marinara

Eggplant Meatballs

Seasoned, roasted eggplant, Italian bread crumbs, blush sauce


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

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

additional sides of heirloom tomatoes or artichokes



Caesar Salad

House-made Caesar dressing, crisp Romaine, croutons, shaved Grana Padano

House Salad

Mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes
(Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

Arugula Salad

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

Specialties of the House

Osso Bucco

Slow-braised veal shanks, caramelized cippolini onions, orange Marsala sauce; over mascarpone polenta

Pork Chop Murphy

Duroc pork, bone-in, center cut, roasted potatoes, red onions, sweet and hot cherry peppers, balsamic reduction

Pappardelle Bolognese

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


Grilled, roasted butternut squash risotto, brown butter thyme, lemon sautéed spinach


Clams Linguini

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

Seafood Manicotti

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

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

Tuscan Salmon

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

Crispy Flash-Fried Shrimp

Served with fried artichokes

Seafood fra Diavolo

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

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

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

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp from the il Cigno Italiano menu



White wine, lemon juice, capers; over linguini; Chicken or Veal


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


Gorgonzola roasted garlic butter, Yukon mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable


Marinara, house-made mozzarella; over linguini; Chicken or Veal

Beef Short-Rib

Boneless, braised short-rib in a sauce of red wine and aromatics, topped with fried leeks; over house-made tagliatelle


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


Gnocchi Pomodoro

House-made gnocchi, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil


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

Penne Alfredo

Parmesan and Romano cream reduction


Sliced chicken breast, fontina and mozzarella cheeses, prosciutto, fresh sage,  spinach, white wine sauce;
over penne

Spaghetti & Meatballs

House meatballs and marinara

Penne Vodka

Plum tomatoes, blush sauce

Penne with Seared Filet Tips

Cippolini onions, mushrooms, mascarpone cheese, port wine demi-glace

Penne Quattro Formaggio

Sweet Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes,
blush cream sauce with mozzarella, fontina,
parmesan, and romano cheese

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.