Life in the big city, and everything in between.

Porchetta and Burnt Ends

In Food on March 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I love when a place focuses on one thing and nails it. While there are only a few things on the menu, the pork sandwich is by far the star. The smell alone when you walk into Porchetta is enough to bring you to your knees.

So what is porchetta you may ask? Well it’s a fatty, savory, and moist boneless pork roast. In other words, the actual body of the pig is gutted, deboned, carefully arranged with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted. And to top it off, Sara Jenkins has perfected her own seasoning, “Porchetta Salt”,  with rosemary, fennel, and some other herbs. You can even buy the Porchetta salt to take home, though they constantly sell out, obviously.

Delcious pork sandwiched in between crispy ciabatta bread. Photo courtesy of Porchetta.

The pork is served on fresh, crusty ciabatta bread that Sara gets from Sullivan Street Bakery. While the inside of the sandwich is moist and delicious, occasionally you will bite into some crispy pieces, which is my personal favorite. If you love crispy pork skin then you’ll be in heaven devouring this sandwich. They even showcase the beautifully golden pork in the display window making it incredibly hard to pass up on a pork sandwich or platter.

Golden brown porchetta on display.

Porchetta in all its glory.

Next to the sandwich, the best thing on the menu are the potatoes with burnt ends. I am not a huge fan of potatoes at all but I crave porchetta’s potatoes with burnt ends. They are crispy, salty and roasted to perfection! There are even bits of meat in them with an evident pork flavor. Do I need to say more? Get the potatoes!

Crispy potatoes with burnt ends. Photo courtesy of Porchetta.

There are no frills to Porchetta. The sandwich is just the meat and bread, no condiments or sauce, just meat and bread people. But that’s all you need when you have something as glorious as this. If you haven’t been you’re missing out and if you have, you’re probably drooling right about now…like me.

110 E 7th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City

(212) 777-2151

Also check out Sara’s pasta-centric restaurant Porsena!
21 E 7th St
(between Cooper Sq & Taras Shevchenko Pl)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

(212) 228-4923


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