DEL MAR — Three new restaurants are slated to open this summer with Chef Scott Harris introducing the newest members to the area: Mia Francesca Del Mar, Davanti Enoteca in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center and Davanti Enoteca San Diego in Little Italy.
Harris intends to
oversee the San Diego kitchens along with lead culinary craftsman Chef Laco Seeber, who has been given free rein to refine and retool menus for the establishments.“We’re looking forward to surprising San Diego diners with some exciting and unique dishes inspired by the sea and the wealth of local and organic ingredients,” says Harris. In addition to adding new menu items specific to San Diego, Harris says he will import a few favorites from his porcine paradise, The Purple Pig, which was included on Bon Apetit’s Best New Restaurants list in 2010,
Overseeing the guest experiences in the Del Mar locations, is general manager Maris Laipenieks. Laipenieks comes from his previous position as general manager at California Pizza Kitchen in La Jolla. Mia Francesca, a casual contemporary Italian restaurant, offers a rotational menu of seasonal piatti in the Roman and Tuscan styles. Davanti Enoteca is an urban-rustic wine bar offering a selection of domestic and foreign wines along with small plates that evoke the farmhouses and fishing villages of Italy. Mia Francesca Del Mar and Davanti Enoteca Del Mar are in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center at 12955 El Camino Real, at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. Both will be open daily for lunch and dinner.