It's an ironclad statistical rule that during the summertime, photographs of pig roasts are tweeted and posted to Facebook 28 percent more than at any other time of the year. Like many pleasurable things we're forced to witness vicariously, this can inspire resentment in friends, followers, and acquaintances who aren't invited to the party. It's sort of incredible that more enterprising restaurateurs around town don't try to exploit this imbalance by setting up dedicated hog-roasting operations and offering solo portions of pig glistening with fat, with perhaps a crystalline shard of skin on the side. This sort of thing actually exists in magical places like Rome, central Tennessee, and the mountains of Ecuador, where it's called hornado.
You can get your pig fried too (fritada), but the main draw is the hornado, which is dished out in ample portions. For $8.99 you get it and a generous, crackly sheet of skin, plus a healthy serving of mote (hominy), slaw (curtido), a tub of vinegary yellow hot sauce, and a pair of llapingachos, achiote-seasoned, griddled mashed potato cakes. It's quite a deal for such a substantial plate, though you won't be taking any photos of the pig itself since it's dished out from behind closed doors. But if you've a mind to sponsor your own, the folks at Cuenca's will do the hard work and roast whole ($265-$275) and half ($160-$170) pigs to order—or just a leg ($70-$90).
Cuenca's Bakery, 4229 W. Montrose, 773-777-2105