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In 2011, Matteo Cattaneo and his wife Alexa Kollmeier decided to bring a piece of his native Italy to San Diego. In order to do so, they realized that they would need an artisan wood-fired oven. Therefore they commissioned Stefano Ferrara of Naples to handcraft the oven over the course of nearly five months. The oven was named Sofia in honor of Cattaneo and Kollmeier’s first daughter. Sofia is the soul of Buona Forchetta and has been voted as one of America’s Coolest Pizza Oven’s.
Three-time World Pizza Champion, Chef Marcello Avitabile, is the chef and pizzaiolo at Buona Forchetta. The menu is a traditional Neapolitan menu. Chef Avitabile strives to deliver an exceptional and authentic Italian experience to customers. To help keep the experience authentic, their entire staff is Italian. But their success continues because the focus remains on the simple recipes that Cattaneo grew up eating.
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PIZZA IN A JAR
fried dough, burrata, san marzano tomato, basil
housemade beef & pork meatballs,tomato sauce, parmesan
carrots, fennel, parsnips, onion, mixed greens, goat cheese
tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, basil, parmesan
House Special 2010 gourmet world pizza champion
VEAL CHOP MILANESE
Situated in their South Park neighborhood, Buona Forchetta is conveniently located near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. The restaurant is resoundingly family friendly and has plenty of street parking.
PHOTOGRAPHY: BUONA FORCHETTA