Buona Forchetta, which has garnered a lot of goodwill since it launched its first South Park restaurant in 2011, has brought another Buona Forchetta Family eatery to the neighborhood with the opening of Matteo at the corner of Juniper and 30th Streets. Named after owner Matteo Cattaneo, the 2,800-square-foot daytime spot offers breakfast and lunch, with all profits (minus operating costs) going to nonprofit partners. With an emphasis on organizations that foster education and early childhood development, the first recipient is Chavista Cesar Chavez Service Clubs; going forward, causes will be chosen quarterly and can be submitted for consideration via their website.
The fast-casual eatery will be run by head baker and general manager Joanne Sherif, formerly of Cardamom Café in North Park, who will oversee a menu that includes egg Benedicts, toasts, frittatas, croissant sandwiches, and bowls, and bake up her famous coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goods. A market area will be stocked with imported Italian projects including pasta and canned tomatoes.
Luca Zamboni, who will soon open North Park’s Gelati & Peccati under the Buona Forchetta Family umbrella, is in charge of Italian breads, including several varieties of foccacia Genovese, and pizza served Pizza alla Pala style on a wooden boards. The family-friendly spot will also be offering school lunches for kids, available for daily pick-up.