Porchetta & Co. opens on King West

Porchetta & Co. opens on King West

(Image: Caroline Aksich) (Image: Caroline Aksich)
 

Wednesday’s lunch rush wasn’t even over, and already more than 250 sandwiches had flown out of Porchetta and Co.’s two-day-old King West kitchen. First-time customers may be struck by the brevity of the menu (just four mains and a few sides), but long-time fans will be shocked by its breadth. At the original Dundas West location, co-owner Nick auf der Mauer sells just his signature roast pork sandwich and the occasional special. At the downtown outpost (a collaboration with Pizzeria Libretto), there are two sandwiches: porchetta, obviously, and fried chicken. The porcine staple comes plain, or fully loaded with parm, grainy mustard, truffle sauce and hot sauce. Another new addition to the menu: poutine. The Quebeçois staple is topped with crackling, while the gravy gets extra oomph from pork drippings. Less decadent sides include coleslaw, baked beans and garlicky rapini.

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Porchetta sandwich with all the fixings. $8.95.

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Something else the new King West location has that the original one doesn’t: tables.

545 King St. W., porchettaco.com, @PorchettaAndCo