Food & Drink

Game-changing pizza in South Park

Published On 02/11/2013 Published On 02/11/2013

What do you get when you combine a handsomely patio'd South Park spot with consulting from a three-time World Pizza Champ, a chef trained at NYC's Keste Pizzeria, a custom wood-fired, gold-tiled pizza oven from Stefano Ferrara, and a real-life-Italian owner whose family makes one of the most prominent olive oils in the world? The game-changer that is Buona Forchetta, and if that wasn't enough to get you going, feast your eyes below. Good luck getting one of these tables in the rustic/reclaimed interior! Don't worry, they've got a huge dog-friendly patio too. This handmade, wood-fired beast is named after their owners' first-born. So, please, no jokes about getting baked. Personified traditional pies come with Italian names like the Nicola, with mozzarella, mushroom, prosciutto di Parma, truffle oil, and their house San Marzano sauce. Or perhaps prove you can go without the sauce for once, with one of their “Le Bianche” selections, like Michelle here, all done up pretty with caramelized onion, Gorgonzola, thyme, and crème fraiche.

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1. Buona Forchetta 3001 Beech St, San Diego, CA 92102 (South Park)

Buona Forchetta is cozy with a patio ideal for enjoying a glass of wine. The secret to its irresistible Neapolitan-style pizza is Sophia, a gleaming, golden, wood-fired oven designed by Stefano Ferrara in Naples, and named for the owner’s daughter. This South Park favorite has 35 pies at the ready and you really can’t make a bad call, whether you go simple with the margherita or opt for more substantial toppings. Pro tip: hold on to the olive oil and balsamic from bread service; you’ll want a puddle of it to drag your crusts through.

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