San Diego Food Love: Mia Francesca

Mia Francesca Del Mar

Mark and I attended a dinner event at Mia Francesca. It was so nice to get out of the house and have a delicious meal together. Mia Francesca is located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center right by the Cinepolis. The restaurant makes for an awesome date night. We have to go back again soon for a dinner and movie night.

Mia Francesca Del Mar

Mia Francesca came to San Diego from a long line of established restaurants in Chicago. The restaurant features the Italian cuisine of Rome and surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. They have a casually sophisticated ambiance mixed with a simple, rustic style of cooking. The menu rotates monthly with dishes appropriate for the season. The offer traditional desserts and have a full bar of crafted cocktails, local beers and select wines varietals that pair well with their dishes.

The Food
We started out with an assortment of bruschettas. My favorite was the Avocado with red onion, tomato, basil, balsamic and evoo. It paired very nicely with the Corsini Birillo Rosso (Italian red) wine.

Mia Francesca Del Mar

The Cavoletti di Bruxelles con Pancetta were crispy and delicious. I loved the addition of pancetta and capers mixed in with brussel sprouts.

Mia Francesca Del Mar

I am a huge sucker for risotto, especially when mushrooms are involved. The risotto con funghi was fabulous. This is one of my favorite comfort meals and it is cooked perfectly at Mia Francesca.

Mia Francesca Del Mar

If these appetizers weren’t enough, we then had the Focaccia al Forno. Amazing. It’s a baked focaccia with crescenza cheese, speck and arugula. I have never had a focaccia like this one before. It looks like a super thin crust pizza. The thin layer of cheese topped with the speck meat is very hearty but lightened with the arugula addition. An exquisite combination.

Mia Francesca Del Mar

I hadn’t had pasta for a couple weeks prior to this event. In an attempt to eat healthier I have been limiting my carbs, sugars and dairy. This night was definitely a special treat. The simplicity and perfection of the linguini fagattaro was just what I needed. Beautiful!

Mia Francesca Del Mar

We finished up our meal with the Pesce con Tarragon e Funghi. The yellowtail and mushroom dish sat upon a tarragon aioli mixed with oven-dried tomato and topped with shrimp. I loved the presentation. 

Mia Francesca Del Mar

The blood orange sorbet mixed with vanilla gelato and whipped cream was another delicious treat. 

Mia Francesca Del Mar

And to finish off the night we sampled the house-made lemoncello with an espresso sugar rim. Perfecto!

Mia Francesca Del Mar

Cheers to the weekend friends! Let me know if you try Mia Francesca in Del Mar.

Mia Francesca
12955 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
Del Mar Highlands Town Center

We were treated to a dinner for media consideration. All opinions are my own.


I love sharing about family, food and fun in and around San Diego! Enjoy, Bri

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  1. YUM! Must get out to Del Mar soon. Mia Francesca looks delicious.

    1. You will love it there Maggie!

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  3. We will definitely plan to dine a Mia Francesca! Wow! That avocado bruschetta !

    1. Awesome! Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

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