Buona Forchetta Restaurant Group Continues San Diego Expansion With Plans For Modern Diner In Encinitas & Event Hall In South Park

May 7, 2021

The team behind San Diego's hit Italian restaurant group Buona Forchetta is continuing its rapid expansion with plans for a modern diner to open in Encinitas and a wedding & event hall in South Park.

Native Italian Matteo Cattaneo opened his award-winning Buona Forchetta in San Diego's South Park neighborhood in 2013 and has been packing the house ever since. In March 2017, the company opened an offshoot dubbed Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which coincided with the announcement of an incoming, 1,100 square foot Encinitas Buona Forchetta that debuted in October 2018. The team also operates Enoteca Buona Forchetta, an Italian bodega and bistro that sits two doors down from the company's flagship South Park restaurant. 

In early 2020, Buona Forchetta ownership opened Matteo, a non-profit breakfast-centric restaurant in South Park, as well as Garage Buona Forchetta in Coronado. A Texas-style barbecue restaurant called Carbón is also expected to open by late summer at 2314 30th Street in South Park. Cattaneo also has a Buona Forchetta opening later this year in the 3,000 square-foot space that last housed a location of the now-defunct PrepKitchen chain within Block C at the North City mixed use residential and retail development in San Marcos, and another branch opening in San Clemente, CA. Buona Forchetta also has operated a food stand within Petco Park since 2018.

Cattaneo is expanding his restaurant empire in San Diego's Encinitas with plans to open a modern diner at 608 South Coast Highway 101 in the 2,138 square-foot space that long housed a location of Angelo's Burgers. Being the unit has a drive through component right in the center of the building, the group is brainstorming how to maximize use of such an asset. Details are still very much in development for the yet-to-be-named restaurant and it is not expected to open any time soon.

The Buona Forchetta team also took over the former Moose Lodge at 1648 30th Street in South Park and is in the process of constructing an event venue. People will be able to start booking weddings and other gatherings at the space as early as this summer.

For more information on Buona Forchetta, visit buonaforchettasd.com