Sara Jenkins has created a spot that might just be found on the back streets of Italy. At Porsena, go for the pastas, which come in ample portions, and really hit the carb spot. But do explore further.
Who To Take: a group in the mood for some good pasta or the person craving a homey, rustic Italian meal
Having grown up in Italy, this chef knows how to deliver an authentic experience.
Our raw seasonal veggie dish was accompanied by the chef’s own olive oil orchard, delivered straight from Italy. A refreshing salad with orange, fennel and bitter greens whet our appetites further. (both in the photo at the top of this post)
Then came the shaved brussels sprouts and tiny breaded fish to round out the appetizer phase.
Pastas came with kale, pignoli…or a seafood extravaganza…or bathed in a hot, olive oil sauce.
Jason chose a fabulous Barolo, which worked nicely with all of the above. Our group arrived on the early side, so we were able to snag the one table in the window by the bar, which made the evening more festive and personal.
The prices here are pretty nice, especially with the portions. Go, enjoy.
PORSENA, 21 e 7th St (btw Third/Second Aves)