For sharing pastas and good wine, Porsena is an ideal, low-key neighborhood hangout. The high cocktail tables in the bar area create a welcoming entrance, and the side room splattered red allows for a more sit down, stay-for-a-while evening. Chef Sarah Jenkins may or may not look like the teacher Miss Trunchbull from the 1996 movie Matilda, but she is very sweet and dedicated. She watches over the kitchen like a hawk. Pastas are original and the infamous lasagna is individually baked to order with meat ragu and parmesan -unlike the traditional tomato-sauced dish. If you’re sick of having to make reservations a month in advance just to get into the newest hot spots, then enjoy walking in here. Relax and grub…but don’t expect a royal palate like L’Artusi.


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