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.
Bitter and bold in all the right places, Negroni debuts at Officine Buona Forchetta this June to stir up some good during the 5th annual Negroni Week. Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, this ruby-red concoction gets a playful makeover from Officine’s Bar Manager, Alessandro Riva. His Peppegroni offers cocktail aficionados a bold blend of Italian liquors such as Antica Formula Carpano and St. George Bruto Americano, a cousin to the classic Campari spirit. A house-made peppercorn-infused Campari tops off this boozy affair, with a few slices of red and green bell peppers adding a pop of color and dose of intrigue, if only for a limited time. All Peppegroni proceeds to benefit Crave McKinley Elementary School Art Program.