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Porchetta & Co.

Posted by Brigitte Noel / Reviewed on January 27, 2011 / review policy

PorchettaPorchetta & Co. is a carnivore's dream. On a cold wintery day, venturing here is akin to walking into a bacon-scented sauna. The tiny restaurant welcomes its patrons with steamy windows, a rustic decor and piping hot meat.

PorchettaThe menu is as diminutive as the venue's five-person capacity: pork on a bun or pork in a plate, plus a handful of side dishes. But the simplicity is misleading - meticulously prepared, Porchetta's fares are far from typical.

PorchettaFor good measure, we choose to sample each main dish - the Porchetta Plate with baked romano beans as the selected side ($8.95) and the Porchetta Sandwich ($5,.95) topped with an order of braised rapini ($0.75).

PorchettaAs our meat is dished out, we inquire about its preparation. We are told the process begins with pork selected from Beretta Organic Farms, which is then marinated for 24 hours. The butterflied pork shoulders are then wrapped in salty prosciutto and covered in pork belly; the fleshy creation is then roasted, slow cooked, and served.

PorchettaWe manage to claim two vintage metal stools and set our plates down on a reclaimed wood table. In front of us is an array of mustards and hot sauce, which we excitedly dig into. As we begin to eat, I overhear the server telling a customer that one's first Porchetta experience is better if the meat is eaten "straight up," no toppings. Too late for us.

The Porchetta Plate consists of a stack of meat and a considerable portion of baked beans. The meat is incredibly rich, each sliver lined with salty, buttery fat. The beans are hearty, slightly sweet and generously meaty.

The Porchetta sandwich is simply described as "perfect," with hunks of glistening meat between fresh sourdough bread from the nearby Caldense bakery. The braised rapini gives it a bitter but tasty kick.

As we eat, throngs of people flow in and out, grabbing lunch to go. Despite the cold and the constantly open door, the heat emanating from the kitchen keeps the restaurant warm and cozy.

PorchettaFor "dessert," we try a small portion of the split pea and ham hock soup ($3.95). It is thick and flavourful and undoubtedly a perfect (and perfectly Canadian) option for the cold weather. However, our meat-induced coma has kicked in and we are unable to finish.

PorchettaPorchettaPorchetta and Co. is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photos by Courtney Lee Yip



Brandon / January 5, 2011 at 01:19 pm
For a place south of Woodbridge, this was surprisingly tasty. I got the plate, which is a bit more meat, no bun and your choice of side. I added the bun anyways for 50 cents, the truffle sauce for 75 cents, and opted for the roasted potatoes. With a drink it came to around $13. Plenty of food and very delicious. Small location with minimal seating, so mainly for takeout. Also, cash only.
moz / January 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm
seanm / January 29, 2011 at 04:03 pm
Tasty, tasty murder.
scott / January 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm
great photography.
l.o.v.e. / January 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Love this place!!!
dubs / January 30, 2011 at 01:36 pm
amaaaazing food. well captured by CLY. love it.
Greg replying to a comment from seanm / January 30, 2011 at 02:16 pm
user-pic has some funny shirts. A common place for stolen jokes.
elpopo / January 30, 2011 at 02:19 pm
I've just been there and had a porchetta sandwich with tomato sauce and (real) parmesan. Good food, nice place and friendly staff!
Matt / January 30, 2011 at 02:43 pm
Not to be a dick, but food is typically served on plates and not in them. Ceramic is hard on the ol' tum-tum. And, if you did indeed add braised rapini, the menu board suggests that it costs $3.45 and not $0.75.

Great photos though. Vegetarians are terribly unserious people.
Meg replying to a comment from Matt / January 30, 2011 at 03:02 pm
If you slide your eyes a bit to the left, the rapini add-on for the sandwich is indeed $0.75. Look closely before you nitpick a review next time.
Red / January 30, 2011 at 03:11 pm
Where is it??????????
Matt replying to a comment from Meg / January 30, 2011 at 05:23 pm
Rapini: $0.75. Braised rapini: $3.45.

So... condescension fail?
Geoff / January 30, 2011 at 08:27 pm
yes, an address would be nice.
dan / January 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm
google it you lazy count without the o
Matt / January 31, 2011 at 03:07 am
Seriously right? Anybody who is browsing comments on a blog who asks where a place is located deserves to eat overcooked macaroni with margarine for the rest of their lives.

My 62 year old mother can figure out conundrums such as this. So should any other non-senile person.
Geoff / January 31, 2011 at 07:12 am
Ah yes, I see it there on the side now. Was looking for it in the review.
thanks for your help curmudgeons.
Jitterjunk Jefferson / January 31, 2011 at 11:44 am
porker / February 4, 2011 at 06:46 pm
Tried the sandwich today. The meat, sauce, bread and mozzarella were all very nice but there were many chunks of pure fat as filler and the portion could've been much more generous. The taste was right but I was underwhelmed.
Jon M / February 8, 2011 at 03:44 pm
I don't know what all the hype is about. For me, it was dry, and I didn't like the fact that the meat was pre-cut. The presentation was good, but who cares. I think a lot of the people hyping it up have never had Porchetta before. Try Vicentina bakery in Woodbridge for more authentic tasting stuff, or go to Italy where it is considered nothing more than street meat.
Johnson Doeberg / February 10, 2011 at 02:34 pm

You'd think traditionally slow cooked pork would be a definite win, but not today.

Daily Sandwich rating: 2.5/5. Maybe I missed out by avoiding the toppings, but I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. Apparently not much.

I'd try it again but if it doesn't take me to Porcine heaven, we've got to break up.
Aaron / February 13, 2011 at 02:51 pm
This place is fantastic. I have been there a few times since I read this and am quickly becoming a porchetta junkie.

The portions seem a little skimpy but you can order a larger portion for a few more bucks (totally worth it).
Tanner / February 25, 2011 at 04:52 am
This place is good, probably the best I've had in Toronto (out of 2 I've tried), but only by a slim margin. The Slow Room also does porchetta on saturday and since its closer to my house and also serves a mean latte its the ultimate weekend hangover cure. Also I agree with Jon, there is much better porchetta to be had for those venturing out of the city, my fave is Roma Bakery in the east end of Hamilton.
Andreas / April 14, 2011 at 08:55 pm
Not an Italian here, but shouldn't porchetta have centre loin in it? Also, I am pretty sure it should not have prosciutto shoved in for extra flavour when skimping on the acutal cuts of meat. Tried it awhile back, unimpressive, dry, fatty and akin to an over done pork chop broiled in a toaster oven. The bun was quite good however, the pairing of sour dough and porchetta did nothing for me. Nice location, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I wonder if Sarah in NYC, feels the same way? I could not agree more with Tanner about porchetta on Saturday's on College.
Nicole / May 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm
These guys nailed it. I will be dreaming of this sandwich for weeks. Best combination: Porchetta, perfectly cooked fresh and crunchy rapini, cracked mustard and hot sauce for a subtle zinga, and the best.....homemade truffle mayo for that creamy compliment to the savory crunchy bits of porchetta and the freshness of the rapini.
Disgruntled / May 28, 2011 at 06:35 pm
Cute shop. BUT...the "steamy windows" and "piping hot meat" seep up through the floors (because the owner does not have proper ventilation) and therefore my bedroom (directly above the shop) consistenly smells like steamy, sweaty, pork. yum. every girls dream scent. oh p.s my boyfriend is a vegatarian. I boycott Porchetta because it's lowered my quality of life and the owners do not seem to care despite numerous attempts by me to speak to them civilly about this issue.

F-you Porchetta & Co.
Disgruntled / June 8, 2011 at 09:24 am
Ok. I take it back. The owners are pretty reasonable people, and have been trying their best to remedy the smells that seep into the apartment above. I revoke my previous comment, and wish the best for the business!
Craigslist Casual Fun / June 21, 2011 at 04:51 pm
Damn, I wondered if anyone lived above there! Haha, what a dream location! I would love it!
hungrytraveler / March 27, 2014 at 04:29 pm
Great idea, nice sandwiches. I often go back but people could be nicer. And what's up with the "you need to ask if you can take pics first"? Really? This is a food joint. No one is there to steal you secret recipe, chill out!

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