I Porchettoni, the popular fraschetta in Pigneto, will open a second branch on March 3 at Via dei Marrucini 18C in San Lorenzo. Like the other venue, the San Lorenzo location will be a simple tavern modeled on the rustic eateries of the Castelli Romani where food is served on plastic plates, there is paper on the large communal picnic tables, and there is just a single glass for water and wine. Expect to find all the fraschetta classics: mozzarella, cured olives, salami, porchetta, and huge portions of hearty pasta dishes. Stay up to date on the I Porchettoni a San Lorenzo Facebook page.

Update: the proprietor of I Porchettoni sent me an email today to fill me in on his aspirations for his brand, stating that he wishes to grow into a chain providing genuine food. He also stated that the San Lorenzo branch is much larger than that in Pigneto and covers two stories. On a troubling note, he is interested in hosting toga parties to attract a young America pub crawling clientele. A small part of me died when I read that bit.