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Patria Restaurant & Mixology Lounge Restaurant Review: This lively modern Latin restaurant sparkles with sexy touches of red and copper, the menu is full of approachable dishes that suit many tastes, and servers are affable and efficient. Owner-chef Andrew DiCataldo worked with the dean of Nuevo Latino cuisine---Douglas Rodriguez---and helped him open the landmark New York City Patria back in 1994. A lot of that adventurous spirit can be felt here, but with the seasoning that comes with experience and time. This is clearly DiCataldo’s kitchen and his own vision. Yes, he’s Italian and from Rahway, but his heart is in the Latin world of food, demonstrated in dishes such as Patria pork---a slow-roasted pork shoulder pan-crisped and fragrant with the aroma of garlic, lime, red onion and cilantro---served with boniato purée and black bean broth. And there's salmon, crab and scallop chupe (a multi-ingredient South American stew) with the seafood gently poached in a Peruvian chowder of potatoes, vegetables, aji amarillo, cream and shrimp stock. Ceviches are killer. And flan is not your classic Spanish dessert; it’s richer and more delicate. The wine list is derived mainly from Latin world vintners and selected to match the fare, while the bar serves Latin-inspired cocktails.