Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I've been wanting to try Parm for a long time. This casual spot in the heart of Little Italy is an offshoot of a popular Italian restaurant called Torissi Italian Specialities, and it serves old school Italian-American sandwiches like Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan. These sandwiches by the Torrissi folks were so popular and their old space so small that they spun off the sandiwich business into a new place called Parm. I had actually tried to get here before, but was so annoyed about the line and cramped quarters that I left.

The entire time I've been hearing about Torrissi & Parm I'm thinking, "Are these sandwiches really THAT good? I mean its Eggplant Parm. Not exactly rocket science."

Ummm...they are good. Very good.

Meatball Parm Hero
You can choose to have the your parmesan sandwich on a roll, Italian hero bread or as a platter with no bread and a choice of what they call a Sunday salad (not clear to me what that is) or ziti.

The mozzarella was fresh. The meatballs were flavorful and not fried beyond recognition. The sauce thick and rich. Awesomeness between two slices of bread.

Because I felt bad about just having a meatball sandwich, I got some spicy brocoli rabe. Gotta have those greens! Husband J hates broccoli rabe, but I love its bitterness. I usually eat it sauteed with garlic and olive oil, but this was mixed with onion and pepper of some sort. I appreciate the spice and the reduction of my guilt.

There are other items besides the parm sandwiches including roasted turkey and club sandwiches, but going to a place called Parm and ordering turkey just seems so uncivilized. :)

If you ever plan to come here, be forewarned that it's tiny, and there can be a wait for a table during peak hours. I feel like I repeat this all the time, but that just seems to be the case with so many places in New York City right now.

I've already bragged about this hero to Husband J and piqued his interest, so I suspect that I'll be headed to Parm again some time soon.

Do you have any favorite places to eat that specialize in comfort food?

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lavenderpug said...

sounds delicious! i didn't get a chance to go to torrisi, but maybe on a trip up to nyc i can have a little taste of the hoopla by going to parm. thanks for the review! p.s. i'm a broccoli rabe fan as well.

Monique said...

Looks and sounds tasty. And I totally agree that to get something other than the parmesan sandwich would have just been wrong.

Diana said...

That looks amazing...I love a good meatball sandwhich. The cheese looks soo good!


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