Porchetta Reborn as Carniceria, With Alex Garcia at the Helm

The ghost of Jason Neroni has been banished from Porchetta. The Carroll Gardens restaurant is coming back today as Carniceria, a Latin American steakhouse helmed by Novo and Calle Ocho chef Alex Garcia. Garcias menu will center on Uruguayan free-range beef, but he also plans on sophisticated Nuevo Latino appetizers, including oxtail empanadas with tomato escabche and rosemary Malbec sauce, and a seviche of scallops lightly poached in white wine. We wanted to change direction and distance ourselves from what happened with Jason, owner Marco Rivero tells us. Carniceria will be having a soft opening between 7 and 9 p.m. tonight and will formally open this weekend.

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