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Sara Jenkins' Un-Hyped Italian Favorite, Lavagna

New York City is home to a lot of restaurants - 24,000 by the Department of Health's count, more than any rational human being can ever hope to dine at in their lifetime. Among that number are likely some hidden gems the majority of New Yorkers just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've followed Racked's lead and enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations.


First up is Sara Jenkins, the chef and owner of Porchetta and the recently-opened Porsena. With both her restaurants situated in the East Village, it's hardly a surprise her recommendation would be close to home.

"A restaurant that I love so much I modeled Porsena on it is Lavagna on Fifth Street. Lavagna has been cooking solidly good simple Italian food in that space for 12 years. Some is classic Italian like pappardelle with rabbit Ragusa, straight up delicious pizza in a wood fired oven, whole baked fish in the wood oven. They have a great wine list, the service is professional but not over the top and the room is beautiful. No one ever writes about it but most nights it's packed."
—Gary Wong
· Lavagna [Official Site]
· Coverage of Sara Jenkins [~ENY~]


545 East 5th St., New York, NY