Recently, I was in Italy dining with Master Italian Chef Mario Cassineri. No wait, I was actually at Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which is located in the Point Loma community of San Diego. Cooking from the heart, Cassineri serves up simple but universal dishes that remind me of my Italian home, initiating comfort food memories that will last a lifetime.
Restaurant founder Matteo Cattaneo joined forces with Cassineri (executive chef and partner of BiCE), to launch Officine Buona Forchetta. Driven by authentic Italian-inspired dishes, the menu draws from the original Buona Forchetta location in South Park, including their hard to beat Neapolitan-style pies, as well as upscale Northern Italian entree and dessert selections overseen by chefs Mario Cassineri, Francesca Peroncelli and Fernando Gorrino.
The new Havana 1920, located at 548 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will answer the call for midday Cuban sandwich cravings with the introduction of a lunch menu at 11 a.m. daily, starting Monday, Jan. 8th.
Echoing a phrase that was commonly utilized by Navy preparing for deployment from San Diego, a “West Pac Tour” refers to the Western Pacific waters from Japan to Singapore, Thailand to Hawaii, and everything in between. A tribute to San Diego’s naval history, West Pac’s menu embarks on a country-by-country journey through the traditional flavors and cuisines that make up these “West Pac” regions.