Parm Opens November 7, Bringing Changes at Torrisi With It

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Part of the Italian-American spread. Photo: Elliot Black

The red-sauce drums have been beating for a while, and now Diner's Journal reports that Torrisi Italian Specialties' next-door restaurant, Parm, opens November 7. As promised here, it's a "bigger, better, more efficient expansion upon the daytime incarnation of T.I.S.," with a back dining room that seats 30 and a front takeout counter that will save you the awkwardness of snaking between tables to order a sandwich. The menu, which you can see on DJ, roves through the Italian-American (and sometimes just American) canon, from mozzarella sticks to baked ziti to day-of-the-week specials, of which the Sunday-night "Chinese," not to mention Thursday's "Italian Thanksgiving," sound particularly intriguing.

At Torrisi, the $50 prix fixe is, as predicted, jumping in price to 60 bucks and now it'll be offered for both lunch and dinner. What's more, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi will serve a $125 tasting menu at dinner only that promises to lay you flat with fifteen to twenty courses. As long as Jamaican-beef cavatelli still has a place in there somewhere ...

Parm, the Torrisi Spinoff, Opens in Days [Diner's Journal/NYT]
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