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Scotty100 Jan 23, 2010 07:44 PM

Porchetta...WTF?!!! I feel like such a sucker...the pig was dry dry dry...crying out for some sauce pork people!! Small serving and did I mention I nearly shattered all my teeth trying to eat the fricken crispy skin?! *sigh*...like flavor flav once said...don't believe the hype...


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  1. chompchomp Jan 25, 2010 11:22 AM

    Hmm...seems to be a consistent problem: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637293

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    1. re: chompchomp
      Scotty100 Jan 25, 2010 12:44 PM

      Damn - I should have read that thread before i went...

      On a brighter note, post-porchetta crackling experience, I'm happy to report that the lockjaw and numbness have receded somewhat and I'm able to chew more or less normally again...

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      Produce Addict Jan 25, 2010 02:05 PM

      Wow--so suprising to read this, I had an amazing sandwich there just a few weeks ago--not dry at all, so flavorfull!

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        Hey19 Jan 25, 2010 04:24 PM

        Its not the best sandwich in NYC, and is definately overpriced for the size. but when I need to be brought back to Antico Noe in Firenze, this is where I go. It can be hit or miss, I wouldnt go nuts either way on it, there are worse things in the world, also better...

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          silverlainy Jan 26, 2010 08:22 AM

          Porchetta was really dry and bland when we went. Hurt to chew everything since the bread was also stale. Tried it again at a food event since it was free and it was quite juicy so I guess its just luck there. I for one would not go back since $9 is a lot to spend on a 50/50 awful sandwich!

          1. re: silverlainy
            sugartoof Jan 27, 2010 05:59 PM

            $9? It's $10!....and I guess the stale bread is a common there, because my sandwich suffered from the same problem. Porchetta just has very good pr. I wouldn't go back.

          2. re: Hey19
            eboges Jan 26, 2010 09:20 AM

            Wow, your Antico Noe reference just blew my mind. Haven't thought of that place in about 10 years. So good.

          3. iFat Jan 26, 2010 09:22 AM

            couldn't agree more... pork is ridiculously dry. Porchetta starting to get overshadowed a bit by close-by, cheap newcomers like Luke's Lobster & La Lucha that actually deserve the hype.


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            1. re: iFat
              Scotty100 Jan 26, 2010 09:52 AM

              10 bucks a sandwich = a month's worth of dental work at this place. Borderline inedible.

            2. bolletje Jan 26, 2010 09:56 AM

              Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market has been slicing up delicious house-made porchetta for years. Go buy a pound or so, a baguette at Amy's Bread...and assemble your own porchetta sandwich at home.

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                windycity Jan 27, 2010 10:33 PM

                lol, I had that same experience. Although I'll be honest when I went to Puerto Rico and I had the lechon in Puerto Rico, some of the lechonerias also had that same hard pork skin which reminded me of a turtleshell.

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                  sam1 Jan 28, 2010 09:10 AM

                  this is the biggest overrated place in the city. i just dont get why the press has loved them. its a dry, overpriced sandwich and i nearly chipped a tooth on the cracklings.

                  its as if an airline decided to serve porchetta on a flight.

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                    polimorfos Jan 28, 2010 11:57 AM

                    I love it. Not into the cracklings but I find it to be a really well made porchetta.

                    I've been there about 5 times and once I found it to be a bit dry. The other 4 times I enjoyed it immensely. Worth the $ imo...

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                      graphisbeb Jan 29, 2010 12:47 PM

                      I actually chipped a back molar after eating at Porchetta. No joke. Had to make an appointment for the dentist the next day. That's one way to make a first date memorable. (Married the guy, though!)

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                      1. re: graphisbeb
                        KTinNYC Jan 30, 2010 11:23 AM

                        Wow, Porchetta opened in Sept 08, you work fast! Congratulations.

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                        film_score Jan 30, 2010 09:29 AM

                        I found the pork itself was very good and tasty. But crispy pork on bread with no other sauce/seasoning or anything does not make a sandwich. It just makes for good pork on some bread. Don't need to go back...

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                          ChiefHDB Jan 30, 2010 10:05 AM

                          I went once. The pork itself was really good, but like other hounds, I found the skin pretty much inedible. I don't live in the ev, and it's not worth a special trip in my opinion. Lots of better options in the area.

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                            sugartoof Jan 31, 2010 12:49 AM

                            They put that green salt tapenade on it now, which isn't what the already salty pork needs, really.

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                              polimorfos Jan 31, 2010 08:30 AM

                              That's pretty much what porchetta is in Italy. IMHO, I felt it compared favorably to versions I had in Italy (except the one instance when I found it dry...). I actually seem to think they have improved since my first visit and I really enjoy it now.

                              I'm sure many will find it overpriced and not to their taste but to call it a 'must to avoid' is a bit unfair...

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                              Bone Thug n Hominy Jan 31, 2010 11:43 AM

                              I wouldn't categorically say "avoid". It's not the worst or most-overpriced sandwich I've ever had. The hype may be a tad excessive, but it's a solid $10 snack.

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