Empanada Kitchen Targets Little Italy For Third San Diego Location

July 29, 2023

A local purveyor of authentic handmade Argentinean empanadas, Empanada Kitchen will open its third San Diego eatery in downtown's Little Italy neighborhood. 

Owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Matias Rigali and Dan Housenga, Empanada Kitchen was born in 2016 from a notion to bring a piece of Argentine culinary culture to San Diego. Originally the owners began freshly baking and selling their empanadas in multiple farmers markets around the city. Due to increasing popularity, they felt compelled to open a brick and mortar storefront location to keep up with the demand. The flagship Empanada Kitchen launched at 819 C Street between 8th and 9th avenue in early 2018. A second branch opened in fall 2019 on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park.  

Empanada Kitchen will soon begin serving handmade empanadas from a stand within Little Italy Food Hall. Expect flavors like traditional beef, braised lamb, ham & cheese, and sauteed chicken, as well as vegan options like ratatouille and various vegetarian choices such as sweet corn & basil, mushroom & goat cheese, and more.

The new Empanada Kitchen is expected to open this summer at 550 West Date Street in San Diego's Little Italy. For more information, visit empanada-kitchen.com.