October 26, 2017
Reception & Ceremony
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Historic Preservation

Officine Buona Forchetta

Buona Forchetta founder Matteo Cattaneo and BiCE partner and executive chef Mario Cassineri have joined forces for the new Officine Buona Forchetta, a Liberty Station spin-off of the wildly popular South Park pizzeria. Transforming the former naval barracks into an Italian-inspired garage and eatery, the team enlisted the help of Ruland Design Group, a San Diego based firm, who worked to preserve the building’s history while reinventing its purpose for Officine. Having sat empty and unused for over twenty years, Principal Audrey Ruland and her design team were brought in to breathe new life into the space. Blending the building’s history to meld with its reincarnation as one of San Diego’s most beloved restaurants, Officine offers diners a fresh, new experience. Preserving the original stucco textures and existing gray muted paint on the walls, Officine fuses industrial and organic elements with color and surprisingly fun adornments that add intrigue.

Utilizing the historical Spanish Revival-style architecture popularized by Bertram G. Goodhue, lead architect for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, the 200-seat space includes a 1,500-square foot custom patio and a 1,000-square foot family-friendly outdoor space nestled under an open-air archway overlooking a lush courtyard. Officine’s rear patio includes a playground and protected area for kids to run free in-between bites.

The intimate 1,200-square-foot interior is dominated by three separate stations: the bar, pizza station, and main kitchen, with bright red seating positioned around each to give patrons the opportunity to watch the pizzaiolos and chefs at work. Two gilded pizza ovens sparkle against the muted walls, adding warmth to the space. Found objects add depth and intrigue to the restaurant, including antique farming tools gifted from Mario’s grandmother, a classic Vespa perched atop the bar, and a vintage Fiat that’s been converted into a table for two. Officine at Liberty Station invites patrons to feast on great food and enjoy the deliciously visual environment, all while connecting with the community in honoring the region’s storied military history.

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    2865 Sims Rd

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Matteo Cattaneo and Mario Cassineri

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Matteo Cattaneo and Mario Cassineri, lauren@leftcoastpr.com

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Audrey Ruland, Ruland Design Group


  • Rosalie

    One Vote for Officine. Best Restaurant in town!

  • Crissy King

    Beautiful! Love the red accents all the way to the ceiling and the openness through to the ovens. Great space!

  • Lisa

    Love the design of the restaurant with it’s unique yet “inviting” atmosphere. This is such a great restaurant to hang out with friends and the food is amazing!

  • Betty Amos

    What a cozy and warm environment.

  • Courtney Tibbets

    Such a wonderful restaurant and design! Unique and warm, we love visiting it whenever we are in the area.

  • Erin

    This is an incredible space!!!

  • Kendra

    An amazing restaurant. Every detail in the restaurant is as carefully planned as the food. It has an innovative and fresh look and use of colors that highlight and compliment the impressive pizza ovens while still feeling warm and inviting. We love going here to enjoy the design and the food!

  • Betsy Erickson McCue

    Stunning layout and design! It is so well thought out and perfectly executed! Stunning example of functional design and great aesthetics.

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