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One of the sad parts of this website is the realization that some of the listings here, especially the “Italian” Chambersburg holdovers, may not last many more years. Thankfully, Porfiorio’s seems to be an exception, essentially by exporting its business to the rest of Mercer County.
The storefront on Anderson Street is obviously prosperous and well stocked. Yes, there’s a decent walk-in trade. But the business is prospering by manufacturing in Chambersburg (which still carries Italian “street cred” for the rest of central New Jersey) and supplying more than 100 area restaurants. Add to that two additional retail locations (Hamilton and Trenton Farmer’s Market) supplied from the kitchens here, and you’ve got the formula for a great business.
Put another way…all those suburban Italian restaurants which are driving the Chambersburg eateries out of business? Many of them are serving Porfirio’s products. Ain’t capitalism wonderful?
If you live or work in Trenton, the place to go is the Anderson Street store. There you’ll find at least 11 different varieties of fresh-made ravioli in stock:
- Cheese (large)
- Cheese (medium)
- Porcini Mushroom
- Roasted Red Pepper
- Black Crab
- White Crab
Not to mention specials: Pumpkin and Broccoli Rabe on the day I visited recently. Not to mention 2 types of stuffed rigatoni, 3 types of manicotti, cavatelli, 2 types of gnocchi, stuffed shells, lasagna, eggplant parm, 3 styles of tortellini, and about 20 variants of fresh cut pasta (regular, spinach, whole wheat as fettuccinni, linguini, spachetti, cappellini, or rigatoni plus egg noodles, parpardella, or lasagna). Also, homemade meatballs, homemade sausage (incredibly lean), and fresh mozzarella. Plus an enormous selection of fresh breads, imported cheeses, hams, salamis….
You can get some of this stuff at the Farmer’s Market, but there the pasta will be frozen. You owe it to yourself to go to Chamberburg.
By the way, on Fridays ONLY, you can order home made tomato pies. They have to be ordered in advance, so call ahead.