You gotta love a restaurant that only specializes in one thing. It's the kind of bold restaurant concept that works in cities like NY (such as Rice to Riches for rice pudding, S'mac for macaroni and cheese), but you don't see it too often elsewhere. In this case, Porchetta serves only, you guessed it, porchetta!
I for one had never heard of that, but Wikipedia defines it as:
Porchetta /por'ket:a/ is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition. The body of the pig is gutted, boned, arranged carefully with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted, traditionally over wood. Porchetta is usually heavily salted in addition to being stuffed with garlic, rosemary, fennel or other herbs, often wild.
Sounded delicious to me so I headed to the East Village to try the porchetta sandwich out. You know the meat is good when the sandwich is completely unadorned on a ciabatta roll and still tastes delicious. The meat was tender and had little crispy bacon like bets to add a wonderful crunch. I could eat these all the time!
Porchetta is a tiny little spot with very few seats, so it's mostly takeout, but the nearby Tompkins Square Park makes a perfectly nice lunch spot. There's a porchetta platter available, too, if you want a veggie side dish.
110 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.
New York, NY