Buona Forchetta is preparing to place its first restaurant across San Diego County lines. The Italian restaurant has been creeping further North over the last several years and will soon bring its authentic cuisine to San Clemente.
The San Diego-based restaurant group operates five outposts of Buona Forchetta across the county, plus community-focused cafe concept Matteo, BBQ restaurant Carbon, event venue Meraki, GP Diner, and NY-inspired pizza spot Forchettabouddit.
Buona Forchetta relies on the classics, showcasing owner Matteo Cattaneo’s favorite recipes from his home country of Italy. The menu includes scratch-made sauces, pasta, daily entree specials with fresh ingredients, and Neapolitan-style pizza in their imported Italian-made oven.
Along with longtime employees Luca Zamboni and Giovanni Bonomi, Cattaneo introduced Italian gelato and Roman-style pizza concept Gelati & Peccati. The fast-casual concept is one of the businesses slated to join the long-awaited Miramar Food Hall in San Clemente’s North Beach area.
Followers on the food halls’ Instagram frequently comment on the slow progress being made on the new dining destination. The project involved intense reconstruction of the 1930s-era Miramar Theater, a California-registered Historic site in San Clemente, along with the adjacent former bowling alley.
Gelati & Peccati co-owner Luca Zamboni tells What Now Orange County they are still on track to join Miramar Food Hall once construction is completed. They have been told the project is expected to debut before Summer 2024.
Zamboni also comments that Buona Forchetta is expected to open in the coming months. An official opening announcement has not been made. Get to know the business and its menu by visiting their website.