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First Look At Porsena

In Food on December 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

After the success of her famed Porchetta sandwich shop, Sara Jenkins gives us yet another reason to be thankful this season. Yes, the wait is finally over, Porsena is here!  I was lucky enough to be in attendance of the pre-opening bash at this Roman-inspired restaurant in the East Village. The atmosphere is cozy, unpretentious, and inviting. A new addition to the neighborhood that the locals can really appreciate.

The menu’s main focus is pasta, with some appetizers and main entrees, including fish and protein. Sara plans on keeping the menu as is all year round, with of course seasonal ingredients making an appearance. The best part is that you know you can go back for your favorite pasta dish and it will still be on the menu.

So what did I eat while I was at Porsena…

Green beans, fennel, celery, toasted almonds, pickled red onions. This dish was an explosion of flavors in my mouth.


Di Palo's fresh mozzarella, bottarga di tonno. You will savor this Italian gem in every bite!


Pasta al Pomodoro. There is nothing more simple, yet suberb as a bowl of spaghetti and tomato sauce with basil and parmigiano.


Cannolichie con una marea di formaggi. "Little twists with many cheeses". This isn't your standard mac 'n' cheese.


This large, hollow tube pasta is accompanied by spicy lamb sausage and mustard greens. One of my favorite dishes too!


Lasagna al aforno. Individually baked in terra cotta, meat ragu, besciamel, and parmigiano. This dish is baked to perfection!


Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with polenta and herb butter. So tender it falls right off the bone.


Silky, divine panna cotta with pistachios.

If your stomach is in need for sublime pasta at an affordable price, Porsena will be your best bet. My new “go to” spot for a memorable dining experience. Thanks to the pasta queen, Sara Jenkins, for giving us New Yorkers a reason to go out for amazing, yet simple, Italian food.

21 E. 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

nr. Third Avenue. SEE MAP

tel: 212.228.4923




  1. I’m seriously starving.. i didn’t need to see this!! yum!!


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