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.



Slices of our house-made mozzarella served with baby heirloom tomato salad and fresh basil 12 (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

Steamed Mussels

Fresh local mussels in a choice spicy tomato broth or garlic, white wine and lemon sauce 14 (Gluten-free)

Deviled Eggs

Four deviled eggs, each topped with crab meat, a prosciutto crisp, fried capers or a parmesan crisp 9 (Gluten-free)

il Cigno Mozzarella

Our fresh, house-made mozzarella,, warmed and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil; accompanied by toasted crostini and sides of artichoke hearts, baby heirloom tomato salad and roasted red peppers; serves four 21 (Vegetarian)

Additional sides 4


A blend of beef and pork served in our Old World marinara with grated Grana Padano cheese 11


Flash-fried calamari served with a 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 blended with cheeses and Italian bread crumbs and served in our blush sauce 12 (Vegetarian)


Caesar Salad

Crisp Romaine lettuce tossed in our house-made Caesar dressing and topped with croutons and shaved Grana Padano cheese; Small 7, Large 11

Extra anchovies 2

Arugula Salad

Arugula with toasted pignoli nuts, oranges, shaved fennel and ricotta salata cheese in our blood orange vinaigrette dressing 14 (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

House Salad

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


Gnocchi Pomodoro

Our fresh, house-made gnocchi in a sauce of crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and extra-virgin olive oil 22 (Vegetarian)

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti tossed in our Old World marinara and served with three of our house meatballs 19

Clams Linguini

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


Rigatoni tossed with hot Italian sausage, chicken, peppers, onions, and mushrooms in a red wine marinara 24

Pappardelle Bolognese

Our fresh, house-made pappardelle pasta in a sauce of ground pork, crushed tomatoes, fresh fennel, onions, and carrots 27

Rigatoni Melanzana

Roasted eggplant, baby Roma tomatoes, prosciutto, slivered garlic, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil 23

Penne Vodka

Penne tossed in a blush sauce with plum tomatoes 20 (Vegetarian)

Seafood Fra Diavolo

Shrimp, calamari, clams, and mussels in linguini tossed in a spicy marinara sauce 30

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

Substitute house-made pasta 5


Seafood Manicotti

Herb crepe filled with a mixture of shrimp, scallops, crab, and ricotta cheese; covered in our 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 32


Grilled halibut fillet served over lemon sauteed spinach and roasted butternut squash with brown butter thyme 34  

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


Served over linguini


Served with capers in a sauce of white wine and lemon juice; Chicken 22, Veal 26


Breaded and covered in our Old World marinara and topped with our house-made mozzarella; Chicken 22, Veal 26


Smothered in a sauce of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, basil, lemon, and cream; Chicken 24, Veal 28


Served with crimini mushrooms in a sauce of marsala wine, shallots, thyme, and demi-glace; Chicken 22, Veal 26


Topped with fontina cheese and prosciutto and served in a sauce of white wine, roasted chicken stock, and fresh sage; Chicken 24, Vela 28


Osso Bucco

Slow-braised veal shanks with caramelized cipollini onions and orange marsala sauce; served over our creamy mascarpone polenta 34 


Seasoned with our espresso rub and topped with gorgonzola roasted garlic butter; served over Yukon mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables 38

Pork Chop Murphy

Duroc grilled, center-cut chops with roasted potatoes, red onions, and sweet and hot cherry peppers, drizzled with a balsamic reduction 26

Beef Short Rib

Boneless braised short rib in a sauce of red wine and aromatics over our house-made tagliatelle 26

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.