Just came back from Miss Williamsburg Diner which is actually an italian trattoria run by the people who founded Il Bagatto. They had a private italian (porchetta) roast which was free to friends for the 1st 2 hours and then open to the public for a fee afterwards. Well, they ended up going gratis on the pig all night and just charged people for the drinks....quite a feast. Two medium-sized swine completely intact and roasted to a dark golden brown. The place was jam-packed and eventually it became standing room only. It seems that the italian proprietors of most downtown italian-run joints were there and elated to be eating an authentically prepared and rare taste of the homeland...there were very few non-italian patrons present.
Ive always been a fan of the place, but it was honestly the best roast pork I have ever had. The skin was a perfect crispy and herbed accompaniment to the moist and garlic-infused flesh within. Certainly comparable to the roasted pig Ive had outside of Rome if not better. Along with the pig was roasted garlic cloves and seasoned oven baked potatoes. The only complaint I have was it was a heavy meal and could have benefitted from some greens.
In any case, a very dramatic affair on a quiet street in Williamburg. The owners stated that it was the beginning of one a month theme-based offering of no-holds-barred italian country cooking. You can join the mailing list and get announcements about these events at SGARRUPATI@aol.com. They said the next offering would be unusual preparations of polenta and a cooking class.