Good things happen in threes. Which is exactly why ordering the heritage pork trio at Del Posto is a good idea. The piggy trifecta at this Meatpacking high-end standby includes a pork loin topped with a pancetta-wrapped braised pork rib, and a ribollita — Tuscan bread stew, with cannellini beans, vegetables and black cabbage — accompanies the meat.
Together, it’s a hearty three-part harmony with juicy, salty undertones. In keeping with the rule of three, the pork is available for the three-course $39 prix-fixe lunch — a steal compared to the five-course $126 dinner menu. For dessert, it’s worth breaking the theme of trilogy for the four chocolates and four rums pairing, featuring different gradations of milk to dark paired with sips of fine spirits.
Opened in 2005 by the Italian power triumvirate of Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joseph Bastianich, Del Posto received four stars from The New York Times in 2010. At the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, the restaurant was nominated for three awards, yet snagged only two (more than most restaurants can ever hope for): one for Outstanding Service and another for pastry chef Brooks Headley. Perhaps at the 2014 ceremony, the third time will be the charm.
85 Tenth Ave.