Life in the big city, and everything in between.

Posts Tagged ‘Pasta’

New Autumn Dinner Menu at Porsena

In Food on November 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Striped bass, chickpeas, & braised leeks

Above: Lamb tonnato, roast lamb, poached tuna aioli
Below: Pennette w/ brussel sprout leaves, pancetta, & thyme (& glass of Rosé)


Here is what’s new on the menu:

* Seared whole cuttlefish, w/ baby artichokes,
white wine, and mint
* A Little gem salad w/ warm bacon
dressing & egg mimosa
* Rigatoni al norcino, w/ house made garlic
pork sausage, ricotta, & black pepper
(from a Salvatore Denaro sausage recipe!)
* Gnocchetti con le pulezze, mustard greens,
garlic, anchovy, chili, & breadcrumbs


* Striped bass w/ braised leeks & chickpeas (pictured above)

View the entire new
Porsena DINNER MENU here!

Check out details on


& Sara’s Tumblr page
21 East 7th street
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.228.4923





Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner: Special Guest Chef Salvatore Denaro at Porsena

In Food on March 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I had the pleasure of dining at Porsena last night for what turned out to be an unbelivabley delicious tasting. Salvatore Denaro has had a big impact on Sara Jenkins and in her own words,” he is my biggest inspiration, for the pure honesty of his food“.

Salvatore keeps to Italian tradition when creating his modern dishes. He uses ingredients, as simple as eggplant and ricotta, to turn a dish into a masterpiece. Although I didn’t get a chance to speak to him, I could see how vibrant his personality was and it certainly came out in his food.

Here is a glimpse of what I feasted on …

Crostino con salsiccia cruda e stracchino: fresh homemade sausage, stracchino cheese, bread

Baccala mantecato: warm olive oil whipped salt cod

Lenticchie: umbrian lentil salad

Anneloni alla norcina: fat rings, pork, sweet onion, fresh ricotta

Pasta alla norma: fried eggplant, tomato sauce, ricotta salate, basil

Piatto del norcino: housemade pork sausage, fegatelli (pork liver), niman ranch pork chop, cannellini beans


21 E 7th St
(between Cooper Sq & Taras Shevchenko Pl)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

(212) 228-4923


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




%d bloggers like this: