198 Mott St
(between Kenmare St & Spring St)
New York, NY 10012
If you read my last post on the Meatball Shop, you’ll know that the Meatball Shop completely changed my outlook on meatballs. Since having them, I didn’t think meatballs could get any better…each meatball type that is served at the Meatball Shop is put through a rigorous selection process and emerged as a winner. They don’t serve sandwiches and pasta with meatballs; they serve MEATBALLS with bread and pasta. Well, here is life lesson for you: it is possible to be even better than the best.
Their meatball hero is orgasmic. The bread is soft Italian bread that is chewy and dense, but fluffy at the same time. Apparently, “whenever Frank Sinatra was in town, he would send one of his daughters down in a limo to pick up four loaves” of bread from Parisi. The meatball sandwich is lined with a thin layer of mozzarella to protect the bread from the tasty marinara sauce and of course to add a bit of creaminess to this tomatoey sandwich. The meatballs are SO incredibly tender, not crumbly at all, and if you give it a little squish, will feel that they are a little springy. I’m seriously salivating just thinking about them. Be right back, need to wipe down my keyboard.
Just kidding. Totally kidding.
Continue reading Parisi Bakery, over 100 Years Strong.
248 Mulberry St
(between Spring St & Prince St)
Manhattan, NY 10012
What do you do when Yelp gives 3.5/5 stars, Menupages gives 2/5 stars, NYTimes gives 2/3 stars, Chowhound boards have more-or-less raving reviews, and one of your best foodie friends claims it’s amazing? Life is filled with interesting choices, my friends, and when presented with truly mixed reviews, you just have to go and try it for yourself.
Parm was opened by the same guys who own Torrisi Italian Specialties, an Italian (duh) restaurant that apparently is delicious and has amazing mozzarella. Parm is right next door and is a much more casual Italian restaurant, known more for its parmesan sandwiches (I’m not being very insightful am I…). As you can tell from the photo above, the red neon lights and bar seating evoke a diner-like feel.
Onto the food. We started with a salad and a side of brussels sprouts. Salad was an interesting combination of mozzarella and salami cubes, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, onions, and a vinaigrette. The salad came before our sandwiches and the sourness of it all really made me salivate and excited for my meal. Brussels sprouts were amazinggggg. They were slightly burnt (YUM) and seasoned with lots of salty parmesan cheese. The natural bitterness of the vegetable seemed to be balanced with a sweetness… did they add sugar?
Sandwiches. Pictured left is the Chicken Parm on a roll and pictured right is the Eggplant Parm on a roll. Both rolls were dry, airy, bland, and boring. The least they could’ve done was grill the bun. Actually, I think I remember finding very light grill marks … meaning they should do a BETTER JOB at grilling the bun. If you’re making this at home, I understand buying the hamburger buns in bulk from Costco… but if you’re serving this at a restaurant known for its sandwiches, where bread is at least a third of the meal, shouldn’t you put more effort into it? Continue reading Parm, comfort food that tastes homemade… in a bad way?