2/19/2013 02:05:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate This Weekend: Pig, Pig and More Pig at Chi Spacca

We admitted defeat this weekend. Our head is so overloaded with restaurant and food and cocktail factoids, we completely forgot that Chi Spacca, the new Mozza sibling featuring house-made salumi and so much more, kept its nose-to-tail prix fixe menu on Saturday nights. We went in hopes of getting one of the counter seats in front of the open kitchen for chef Chad Colby's new menu, but instead scored a couple of spots (they're all usually reserved by then) for the family-style meal. Absolutely no complaints here, thank you very much.

The main difference with these dinners is that now, as Chi Spaccca, there's a regular a la carte menu served Monday through Fridays, but the pig feast is one five-course menu ($75 per person) only served on Saturdays. And instead of reserving a table for two or four, or angling for one of the walk-in spots, you sit at one rectangular communal table so everyone can easily pass plates of Colby's amazing salumi, speck, and creamy whipped lardo; terrines with pickled fennel and grainy mustard; roasted pork shoulder with piles of baby kale and endive; milk-braised pork loin with caramelized ricotta; and giant bowls of gelato for dessert. It's a stunning meal with a lot of food and flavors, and it's super casual, fun and familial, especially when you add in the wine (you should). You'll definitely make friends with your neighbors, and you certainly won't leave hungry.

But because the new Chi Spacca is already so successful, there's a chance this weekly dinner will go by the wayside, so try and go while you can. Take a look at the slide show below for a peek at what we devoured, pork-fat piggie cookies and all.


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