Parma Ristorante Italiano
When I think of foodie favorites in the “Hub City,” plates of award-winning barbecue, tapas, and tacos come to mind. Now, with the opening of Parma, pasta rivals the rest! This hidden gem started serving delicious, authentic Italian cuisine on August 31 and is a must-try for pasta lovers in Lubbock.
With every bite, you will be transported to the city of Parma, Italy, where the infamous Chef Pierre was born. Each sauce is perfectly paired with the pasta and made from scratch. Whether, it's appetizer, pasta or pizza, each dish is made with fresh ingredients and paired with savory flavors and spices. Chef Pierre and Chef Eric have truly outdone themselves with the recently perfected menu. So now, let’s talk about the dishes!
First, the house-made bread served with olive oil given to guests as they peruse the menu is heavenly. The details of the food, down to the complimentary bread, have been attended to with great consideration and the taste proves it.
The appetizers included on the menu are as vast in selection as they are tasty. The rich, smoky flavor of the fried gouda dipped in the marinara sauce will make your mouth water. If you are looking for a light option with just the right amount of zing, try the bruschetta. Fresh tomatoes, feta, shallots and olive oil served on crostinis is the perfect starter for your Italian night.
Any choice of entrees on the menu is a good choice but consider one of the more popular dishes - the Salmon Parma. This dish of delicately seared salmon was cooked in lemon caper cream sauce, topped with pink peppercorn and plated with broccolini and saffron risotto. We are drooling just thinking about it!
Of course, you can’t go wrong with pasta. As mentioned above, each sauce is made from scratch with fresh ingredients as the dish is made to order. Some of our top choices from the pasta menu include the Fettuccine Amatriciana, Panzerotti, and the Shrimp Valentina.
The Fettuccine Amatriciana is a melting pot of flavor as it highlights an Italian dish while featuring spicy Thai flavors topped with bacon. The spice added from the Thai pepper puts a twist and adds a little spice to a traditional savory menu. Pro-tip: add steak to this dish to bring it to a whole other level.
Chef Pierre lead us in the right direction when he recommended we try the Panzerotti. The homemade crepes filled spinach, herbs and cheeses topped with cream and baked in Bolognese sauce. Can you even imagine? Literally heaven in your mouth.
Shrimp anything is usually a solid selection, especially a shrimp pasta dish. The Shrimp Valentina was to-die-for. It was so light, yet so filling. This specific dish was sautéed with cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, fresh basil and alio olio. We highly recommend this pick!
Honorable mentions on the menu include any of the pizzas, specifically Chef Eric’s Barbeque Chicken Pizza. Each pizza is made with a homemade crust and sauce topped with fresh ingredients.
If you haven’t reached carb overload and saved room for dessert, ask for the available daily options. Every day desserts are made fresh so guests can experience the rich, sweet flavors at their peak. Try the lemon torte or the tiramisu!
The next time you are craving Italian in the 806, don’t forget Lubbock’s newest hidden gem, Parma. Share your favorite dish with us on social media using #LiveLoveLubbock!