The prime example of this is in Chris Cosentino's restaurants. He's a celebrity chef who I love to watch on television - originality and playfulness shining on his food and personality. Last year, I visited Incanto for my nephew's third birthday dinner. I know what you're thinking - A 3 year old's dinner at a celebrity chef's restaurant?? Aside from a well behaved boy, the restaurant was actually incredibly kid friendly and ready with high chairs and crayons to color in cartoon pigs. The service was friendly and well trained, and the food was impeccable - just as I imagined everything would be at his restaurant.
Flash forward half a year, the restaurant would be closing to renovate and rejuvenate into a new concept also by Cosentino. Flash forward another few months, and enter Porcellino. In the same space as Incanto, with almost the same look (with some new art work) the restaurant has turned into a casual neighborhood spot. Casual in the relaxed sense and not cheap while maintaining its classiness
You order at the counter, get a number, seat yourself, and the food is shortly brought to your table. The menu consists of pig parts, pastas, and more. There are familiar items from Incanto, as well as the daily blackboard of specials.
Porcellino makes celebrity chef dining highly approachable and hits all those expectations. As friendly as Incanto was, Porcellino is somehow even friendlier - perfect for the neighborhood and those wanting a spontaneous night out.
|Chicharrones, pecorino, rosemary, and chilli|
|Pate di Campagna, radishes, cornichons|
|Tagliatelle, ramp pesto, and asparagus|
|Rigatoni and Incanto's pork ragu|
|Spaghettini, Sardinian cured tuna heart, egg yolk, and parsley|
|Italian sausage, broccoli di ciccio, beans, charred onions, and aioli|
|Porchetta, fennel, arugula, salsa verde|