Macchialina Taverna Rustica is the culmination of Chef Michael Pirolo’s long culinary journey. His vision and inspiration have been shaped by everything from the Michelin honored kitchen he’s toiled in, to the late night street food he’s sampled along the way. The recipe is simple; clean flavors, fresh ingredients and rustic accents. The evening should start with samplings of “affetatti” (selections of salumi such as prosciutto, culatello, finocchiona, house made terrines, pâtés and sausages) and antipastos such as polenta board with cippolinis, sweetbreads & sausage or broccoli rabe al Cesare ( a fun take on a classic Caesar ) . House made pizzas will also be featured blending two distinct styles. One style from his adolescent years outside of Naples and another from his years spent in New York City. All pastas at Macchialina will be house made daily. Selections will vary from classic time honored styles to new Italian inspired creations by Chef Michael. Signature pastas will include Chef Michaels Taleggio and braised shortrib Lasagna, as well as Cavatelli “Macchialina” with ragu Napoletano and pecorino. Large plates share the marquee at Macchialina and star an array of fresh fish and meats to chose from; worth noting is the amazing Pork Chop Milanese with pork jus and arugula.