Evan Funke’s Roman Holiday-Inspired Recipes
Chef Evan Funke, L.A.’s prince of porchetta and pasta, cooks a holiday feast inspired by the flavors of the Eternal City.
Over the years, chef Evan Funke has risen to fame as a master of Italian cuisine, most notably with his restaurant Felix in Venice, a transcendent temple to handmade pasta. He also won wide acclaim for a limited-run pop-up restaurant in Hollywood called Fingers Crossed that was just what Angelenos needed in 2020.
At Fingers Crossed, he served his version of Roman food: simple pastas and pizzas and the occasional roast. In that vein, for our holiday issue he returned to the dish that first drew him acclaim here in L.A. when he served it from a food truck: porchetta, that fennel-and rosemary-scented pork roast ringed with crunchy skin. He served it on sandwiches way back when, but for this menu he went big, with a twelve-pounder that’s worth the effort and will take you from the holidays and possibly into the New Year.