Torrisi Italian Specialties Takes Space Next Door for New Restaurant, an Italian Deli Called Parm

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Mario Carbone, left, and Rich Torrisi. Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

Good news for those who prefer their chicken-parm heros meticulously crafted by classically French-trained superchefs as opposed to the standard Little Italy procedure: Torrisi Italian Specialties is expanding. Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi have signed a lease for 248 Mulberry Street, the former Ace grinding shop next door to their tiny, bustling storefront. The new space will operate as its own entity one called Parm, a word inextricably linked with the culinarily incorrect red-sauce appeal of Italian-American cuisine, and as such one that is near and dear to the partners hearts.

Despite the name, Parm will not be a place where everything is bread-crumbed and blanketed with gobs of mozzarella and parmigiano though that might make for an interesting concept on Americas Next Great Restaurant if Joey were ever to reconsider his Saucy Balls. Instead, Parm will basically be a bigger, better, more efficient expansion upon the daytime incarnation of T.I.S., according to Torrisi. Thats bound to please anyone whos ever waited a half hour in a lunchtime scrum for a turkey sandwich and a rainbow cookie.