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 11 

Deviled Eggs

Topped with crab, crisp prosciutto, fried capers, parmesan crisp 9


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


Blend of beef and pork, grated Grana Padano cheese 11

Chef’s Arancini

Risotto, sausage, peppers in marinara 14

Steamed Mussels

P.E.I. mussels in spicy tomato broth or garlic, white wine and lemon sauce 14


Flash-fried, side of marinara 14

Eggplant Meatballs

Seasoned, roasted eggplant, Italian bread crumbs, blush sauce 13


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

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



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

Pork Chop Murphy

Duroc 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 sautéed spinach 36


Clams Linguini

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

Seafood Manicotti

Herb crépe 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

Crispy Flash-Fried Shrimp

Served with fried artichokes 25

Seafood fra Diavolo

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

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

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

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp from the il Cigno Italiano menu



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


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


Gorgonzola roasted garlic butter, Yukon mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable 42


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, topped with fried leeks; over house-made tagliatelle 30


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


Gnocchi Pomodoro

House-made gnocchi, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil 22


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

Penne Alfredo

Parmesan and Romano cream reduction 18


Sliced chicken breast, fontina and mozzarella cheeses, prosciutto, fresh sage,  spinach, white wine sauce;
over penne 28

Spaghetti & Meatballs

House meatballs and marinara 19

Penne Vodka

Plum tomatoes, blush sauce 18

Penne with Seared Filet Tips

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

Penne Quattro Formaggio

Sweet Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes,
blush cream sauce with mozzarella, fontina,
parmesan, and romano cheese 24

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.