Welcome to Buona Forchetta

LIVE THE BUONA LIFE

Experience a piece of the Buona Forchetta San Diego heritage through authentic Italian recipes that have been handed down through generations. Today, there are five locations around San Diego, with our sixth opening this month in San Clemente, CA. Buona Forchetta’s Italian wood-fired pizzas—with the perfectly soft-yet-crispy crusts—continue to garner awards including San Diego Magazine Best Pizza 2023 Critic’s Choice, Gambero Rosso Best Pizzeria, Gayot Best Italian Restaurant San Diego, OpenTable Diner’s Choice and more. Our handmade pasta dishes bursting with rich flavors, fresh seafood specialities and decadent desserts will all leave you craving more. All Buona Forchetta locations also offer gluten-free Italian options and rotating specials.

Explore our menu, discover our story, and reserve your table online.
Spaghetti animation

The Story

This story begins with a passion for authentic Italian cuisine and a deep rooted commitment to quality. In 2011, Florence, Italy-born Matteo Cattaneo launched Buona Forchetta to recreate the warm and inviting atmospheres of Italian trattorias. The demand for Buona Forchetta’s authentic Italian cuisine led to the opening of additional locations in Liberty Station, Encinitas, San Marcos and Coronado, each one embracing the spirit and passion that defined the original. The newest addition to the famiglia, San Clemente, will be the first outside of San Diego County. Buona Forchetta San Clemente is slated to open fall 2023.

The Buona Forchetta family has grown to include five additional concepts including Matteo for a Cause, a nonprofit restaurant located in South Park, San Diego. 100% of Matteo’s profits benefit regularly rotating, community based charities and causes. 

AWARDS + RECOGNITION

BUONA FORCHETTA CATERING

BRING BUONA TO YOU!

When it comes to Italian catering in San Diego, Buona Forchetta stands out as a premier choice for anyone looking to host an unforgettable event. Our Italian catering services bring the beloved flavors of Italy to your special events, whether it’s a wedding, corporate gathering, or private celebration. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to create a customized menu that perfectly suits your taste and event style. From exquisite antipasti platters to handmade pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas made on-site, our catering offerings showcase the same authenticity and quality that have made Buona Forchetta a beloved destination for Italian food in San Diego. 

More Than A Meal

"At Buona Forchetta, we believe that food is more than just sustenance—it is an experience that brings people together, creates lasting memories, and celebrates the simple joys of life."

Now That's Amore!

Set Your Valentine’s Plans today! February 14 will be here before know it. Lock in your dinner reservation at one of our five locations, and enjoy a beautiful meal with the one you love.