Welcome to Francesco's Italian Restaurant

Southern Italian Cooking


              After 35 years the time has come to pass the torch to new owners Mya Anitai and husband Matthew Marcus. 

            Mya, owner of award winning restaurant Dinamo,  in Richmond, Virginia relocated to New Jersey where they have grown their family and business lives.  Matt has been an owner of the world famous Three Kings Tattoo in New York City as well as several bars, retail spaces and a liquor company. 

            The moment they saw Francesco’s Italian Restaurant in Highlands, NJ for sale, Mya and Matt knew this was the place for them.  They hope to follow in the enormous footsteps of Giorgio and Anna Migliaccio in creating a warm and delicious restaurant  encompassing their love of food, family and community.  Keeping up with traditions of the past while including updated menu items and ambiance, 

--> Mya and Matt look forward to truly becoming a part of the Highlands.

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How to find us & When

Francesco's Italian Restaurant

279 Bay Avenue, Highlands, NJ

(732) 872-0080





11:00 am – 10:00 pm


11:00 am – 10:00 pm


11:00 am – 10:00 pm


11:00 am – 11:00 pm


11:00 am – 11:00 pm


12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

About Us

Order Food for Home


Order a selection and let us deliver it right to your home.

Let US Cater Your Party


Having a party?! Call Francesco's and let us cater your party here or at your location.

Come Grab a Chair


Join us in house for a great meal and friendly atmosphere. 



Asbury Park Press

Read About How it Began in the Asbury Park Press

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YouTube_30 Years

30th Anniversary Celebration Video, 

When Italian born Francesco's owners Giorgio and Anna Migliaccio married in 1978, they created a loving Italian bond and brought it to the US . Then in 1983, they decided to share that bond of Italian family and food in Highlands NJ.

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