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Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

by Robin Garr » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:47 am

Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

Porcini’s capellini pomodoro e basilico, angel-hair pasta with tomatoes and basil.
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It seems as if Porcini just got here. It seems as if Porcini has been here forever. The truth, as usual, lies between these extremes, but one thing is certain: The years have flown since I first sat down to a fine Italian dinner at this comfortable Frankfort Avenue landmark.

It was in the early spring of 1992, to be exact, when I came back to Louisville for my first visit since leaving my reporter’s post at The Courier-Journal for a job with a national non-profit in New York City. I had an assignment to do a Derby travel piece about Louisville for The New York Times travel section, and the hot spot on the dining scene was this great new Italian place, Porcini.

Sure enough, I loved it, and I told Times readers so. When we came back to Louisville a few years later to write a book about my non-profit experience, I reviewed Porcini often for my new restaurant website that would become LouisvilleHotBytes.com. But then Porcini became so familiar that I drifted on to fresher experiences. Until I noticed the other day that my last review – a glowing report – was dated October 2004. Could that possibly be right?

It was long past time to return, so we gathered our friends Bill and Mary Ruth and Don and Pat, and spent a happy evening of munching and sipping that left no doubt: Porcini is as good as ever. Maybe even a little better.

It’s surprising how little has changed since that 2004 review. Chef John Plymale was new on the scene then; he’s an old hand in Porcini’s kitchen now. The look and feel of the exposed red-brick room hasn’t changed much, and that’s a good thing. Its turn-of-the-previous century brick building fits just right in to this particularly fine stretch of Frankfort Avenue. ...

Read the full review on LouisvilleHotBytes,
http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/porcini-landmark

You'll also find this review in LEO Weekly’s Food & Drink section today.
http://www.leoweekly.com/category/food-drink/

Porcini
2730 Frankfort Ave.
894-8686
http://porcinilouisville.com
https://facebook.com/porcinilou
https://instagram.com/porcinilou
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Re: Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

by Mike D » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:17 am

Robin, we find ourselves "forgetting" about Porcini, even though the restaurant is literally right across Frankfort Avenue from our house. However....just last week we made plans for dinner there this coming Saturday with two friends.

Based on our past visits, I have no doubt that our experience will mirror yours. The food and service are always excellent.
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Re: Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

by Sallie P. » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:43 pm

Porcini’s is is one of our favorites. Wish they would bring back the Happy Hour. We have been going to a competition of theirs because of it.
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Re: Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

by Steve Shade » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:03 pm

Went to Porcinis with a group of eight last week.

Seated promptly with a reservation
Service .. excellent
food .. excellent.

Have been quite a few times and always great.
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Re: Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

by Mike D » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:07 am

We enjoyed a great dinner at Porcini last night. As I expected, the food and service were flawless.
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Re: Porcini’s landmark status is well and fully earned

by charles.minter » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:01 am

I had dinner at Porchini earlier this week. Everything from the appetizer to the salad to the entrees to the service was absolutely spot on perfect. Hands down my favorite restaurant in the city.

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