Buona Forchetta Team To Bring New Casual Concept Forchettaboutddit To Encinitas

January 17, 2022

San Diego's ever-expanding Buona Forchetta hospitality group is working on a third, more casual restaurant concept dubbed Forchettaboutddit to open this spring in Encinitas. 

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, but that eatery is currently being closed for renovation and rebranding.

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 and Roman pizzeria Gelati & Peccati in North Park. Last year, Cattaneo also opened a Buona Forchetta branch 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, with another branch opening in San Clemente, CA later in 2022. A Texas-style barbecue restaurant called Carb√≥n is also expected to open early this year at 2314 30th Street in South Park. Buona Forchetta also has operated a food stand within Petco Park since 2018. 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.

In addition to opening a modern diner called GP Diner later this year in the 2,138 square-foot building that long housed a location of Angelo's Burgers in San Diego's Encinitas community, Cattaneo is in the process of finalizing a lease for the space in Encinitas's El Camino Promenade that currently houses Pizza@Portafoglio. After a brief remodel, a new concept dubbed Forchettaboutddit will open in the space, offering a casual vibe with a menu centered around New York-Style hand-stretched pizza, sandwiches, salads, pasta, craft beer and wine.  

Forchettaboutddit is expected to open by late 2022 at 252 North El Camino Real, Suite 5, in San Diego's North County community of Encinitas. For more information, follow Forchettaboutddit on Instagram and check out the draft menu below.