Tim LaBant’s eagerly awaited new brick oven pizza restaurant Parlor opened last weekend to such enthusiasm that we couldn’t get in the door. So we went last night Wednesday to try it out. Parlor is still a work in progress: their liquor license hasn’t come in yet, so you can order soft drinks or BYOB. The sign on the door notes that Ancona’s liquor store is just a few doors away. No matter. We came for the pizza.
We also came for the salads. While they haven’t yet added appetizers, the salads are terrific. We split a large Waldorf-like salad ($17 for the large version for two), made up of apples, raisins, walnuts, romaine and radishes. They also offer Caesar, Watercress, Roasted Butternut and Roasted Cauliflower salads.
The menu is undergoing changes as they grow into the place. The pizzas they offer are
- Tomato, broccoli race, garlic, hot pepper
- Clam pie, lemon, broccoli rabe, olive oil, parsley
- Mushroom pie, mozzarella, tallegio, scallion, black pepper
- Pepperoni, shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce
- Cheese pizza, shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce
- Sausage, onion and smoked mozzarella
All of these ae baked in their Ferrari level wood fired brick oven. According to a recent column on NPR’s The Salt, a brick oven is practically required to make Neopolitan-style pizzas. The properties of brick ovens are such that the heat gets transferred to the pizza more slowly than in a steel oven. And, of course, the smoky taste of the wood fire is added to the pizza flavor as well. These ovens are quite a bit hotter than your home oven, usually 625˚ to 700˚ and cook the pizza in just a couple of minutes.
Last night we tried the Sausage and onion pizza, and took a picture of our neighbor’s pepperoni pizza. Each pizza is considered an individual size. They are around 11 inches, but when you subtract the crust, they are probably about right for one adult, or perhaps two children. They are priced at $14 to $17 each.
Parlor had added just two desserts so far: Zeppoli, or fried pizza dough with Nutella, and Lime Posset with berries.
This was a nice introduction to a popular new restaurant. It seats around 32 and 12 2-top tables plus seats around the bar. You can also order takeout at (203) 762-6142. We wish them the best of luck.