I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Bob Patchen, owner of Paci Restaurant. I have been a guest at Paci many times over the past 10 years. I love the ambiance, exposed brick walls, and vaulted ceilings. It feels more like TriBeCa in downtown NYC, than the quaint New England town of Southport in which it is located. Bob and his wife Donna worked with architect Roger Ferris & Partners to renovate a former Rail Freight Depot, and preserve the authenticity of the existing structure to create a mixed rustic and modern space. The upscale cuisine and award-winning wine list keep patrons coming back for more. My personal favorite is the meatballs, which are Donna’s grandmother’s family recipe which has been passed down for generations. In fact, they are affectionately referred to as “Rosies’ Meatballs”. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!!! Moreover, you can’t go wrong with the Veal Milanese or the Steak Salad. Oh, and my latest personal favorite is Alfonso’s tuna tartar. Delicious! The menu changes daily, based on availability and season. Chef Alphonso D’Oronofior never disappoints, as taste and presentation are consistently outstanding…..
As far as the wine is concerned, listen to Jeff Hemming (the resident Sommelier). He is really knowledgeable, while at the same time sensitive to budget. Paci has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 consecutive years.