Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
$1 Wine at Tre Porcellini
The little, Italian restaurant on University Avenue has received the full treatment from the Reader in the past. Consider this another voice raised in support of the restaurant's culinary cause. The place has consistently offered above-average food; and has a pretty good deal of Euro-cool credibility to boot.
Frugality is the name of the game with the current happy hour at Tre Porcellini. From 4-7 every day, the first glass of house wine is just $1 and subsequent glasses are $3.50 each. Currently, the pretty good Malbec that's serving as a house red wine is way better than a lot of house offerings can be. The "Wine of the Day" is $4. Draft beer and mimosas (hey, why not?) are both $3.50.
Additionally, a short bar menu features small plates that cost between $4 and $7. The calamari came with a spicy aioli on the side and was excellent. Lightly battered and fried perfectly, it was well worth the $5 cost of entry.
In all fairness, Tre Porcellini hits the mark more often than not and is well worth a full-on, sit-down dinner. But in the meantime, the happy hour at this little gem is a must when time or the budget is on the short side.
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