We didn't purposely move into our offices in the Chinatown/Little Italy neighborhood last year to be closer to Torrisi Italian Specialties, but it sure worked in our favor. Torrisi's little sib Parm opened next door last November by the same two classically trained Italian-American chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, who are elevating comfort-foody dishes with sophisticated cooking techniques (does anyone in Little Italy use a CVap oven to make pork chop pizzaiola?).
We previewed the menu when they opened, but it's not all meatball parms and pizza knots. As you'll notice on the right side of the menu, there's a whole section of Nightly Specials ($25 each meal).
Fried Chicken Cacciatore on Mondays; Italian Thanksgiving on Thursdays; Chinese on Sundays. Wait, an Italian-Americanified Chinese take-out-style plate of wontons and pork fried rice at Parm? There's a lot of careful thought and good-humored playfulness applied to each of these dishes.
We came back all seven nights to try each dish du jour.
Fried Chicken Cacciatore (Monday)
Aged Chopped Steak (Tuesday)
Pork Chop Pizzaiola (Wednesday)
Italian Thanksgiving (Thursday)
Zuppa di Pesce (Friday)
Veal Parm (Saturday)
Eggplant Guy (Bonus off-menu!)