Just a few blocks from Astor Place, Porsena is a trattoria in the convivial Italian tradition, where friends and neighbors gather along with tourists and passers-by.

Chef Sara Jenkins draws on memories of her Tuscan and Roman childhood to create a menu featuring Italy’s finest artisanal pastas served with traditional and imaginative sauces, as well as a series of tasty antipasti and hearty main courses. Modeled after the simple restaurants in Italy that serve as neighborhood dining rooms, the menu focuses on a timeless list of classic Italian dishes such as maccheroncini al ragu and spaghetti con le vongole. Porsena is just the kind of colorful neighborhood treasure that you might discover in the narrow back streets of Rome or Florence.

Sara Jenkins