Meredith and I have been planning on having lunch at Porchetta for a little while. I don't know how she heard about it, but I read about it here. Basically, it's a no frills pork place - they have pork sandwiches, a pork plate and a few sides. Porchetta (which in Central Italy means a whole boned and roasted pig which is cooked with salt, pepper, garlic, and wild fennel - apparently) has been on our radar, at any rate, and was pushed into focus when the New York Times published this today. We figured we'd better get over there fast before it was mobbed.
The pork was amazing. It was moist, flavorful, tender and delicious. We split the sandwich (on bread from the Sullivan Street Bakery), cooked greens and potatoes and "ends" which had leftover pork cracklings in it. The food was great, we were enjoying immensely, when in walked this guy.
If you don't know who that is, it's Mario Batali, famous chef and Food Network personality. He was dressed in the same outfit I see him wearing on tv all the time - orange clogs and crazy shorts with a little vest. We felt totally cool then. We were at the place that one of the best chefs in the city eats at! Take that, foodies. Lena and Meredith are super cool.