We had a wonderful meal last evening at Porsena, Sara Jenkin’s trattoria on 7th Street in the East Village just down the street from her Porchetta sandwich shop. .  We sat a long table near the kitchen, with plenty of room for our party of seven.  For antipasti we had crostini mozzarella, beef carpaccio, chicken liver pate, Mangalista ham, flat bread, snap pea salad, enjoyed with delicious olives and super fresh olive oil (pressed on November 9, 2012).  For pasta we had the special of the night which was orecchiette with with earthy morel mushrooms, anelloini with spicy lamb sausage and mustard greens, rigatoni with house made garlic pork sausage, ricotta and black pepper as well pasta with a rich ragu of pork and beef.  All of this was paired with a bottle of 2009 Le Cinciole Chianti Classico (Panzano in Chianti., in the heart of Chianti Classico area).  As if this wasn’t enough we had to try all four of the desserts – olive oil cake, panna cotta, walnut torta and a selection of cheeses.  The food was outstanding and the service was warm yet professional. Just what you would expect from a neighborhood trattoria.  Needless to say, a good time was had by all. Mille grazie!

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