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.
Chef Patrick Ponsaty is working his magic and hypnotizing diners with show-stopping culinary art at his new restaurant aptly named Ponsaty’s in Rancho Santa Fe, California. We recently visited, took our seats in a lavish dining room that’s screams with style, and experienced a delightful 9-course menu that left us feeling as if we had just dined in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Every morning Ponsaty personally visits his farmer friends and hand selects seasonal produce to be presented to diners each evening. This awe-inspiring chef makes dinner an EVENT not to be missed.
Nestled in East Village’s culinary enclave, BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar is a trendy addition to San Diego’s diverse and ever-growing restaurant scene. Boasting a menu of authentic Japanese cuisine, BeShock offers ramen yielding a lighter take on the traditional dish, with a focus on local vegetables and classic Japanese seasonings.
Owners Ayaka Ito and Masaki Yamauchi envision a culinary hotspot tailored to suit the daily lives of busy San Diegans seeking meals that won’t leave them feeling “heavy” or over-indulged.
Proprietor and Chef Christian Gomez of WetStone Wine Bar will herald the arrival of his new globally-inspired concept, Fools and Kings, to the bustling Mission Hills corridor on Goldfinch Street with a grand opening party on Friday July 7th. The menu will focus on seasonal small/shared plates influenced by the chef’s culinary travels throughout Western Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.