Parm, the new sandwich and lunch shop from the gentlemen of Torrisi Italian Specialties, officially opens today; we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview yesterday. (Yes, we were carb loading without running the marathon.)
Parm will take over the more casual lunchtime business of next-door-neighbor Torrisi, with an expanded menu, a real waitstaff, and true sit-down service. (Meanwhile, Torrisi will be serving a four-course prix fixe at lunch, more similar to their dinner.)
We have eaten lunch at Torrisi a hundred times, and while some things at Parm look familiar, others are entirely new. This is, of course, a preview meal, so read this report accordingly. But based on what we ate, you will (unsurprisingly) be in for a treat at Parm. Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone have gone even farther in their contemporary riffs on Italian-American staples; dishes that have grown tired and stale have been enlivened at Parm by Torrisi's and Carbone's culinary imaginations, skilled technique, and knowledge of what's delicious.
Parm is just opening today, but we're already salivating at the thought of many future meals; and we're sure you will be, too.
248 Mulberry Street, New York NY 10012 (map)