Despite the fact that I’ve accidentally experienced mushroom poisoning (complete with a psychedelic forest growing in my living room and a trip to the ER) after enjoying a leftover dish with the wild variety, it’s still one of my favorite foods. I love mushrooms – in salads, with chicken, between buns and stuffed! But I especially love them on pizza! In fact one of my favorite dishes of all time is the Funghi Pizza at The Parlor. It’s basically mushrooms with a side of pizza. Well…not really…but they certainly don’t skimp on the funghi.
My last visit to The Parlor was a few weeks ago, and I was desperately craving it again, so I invited my friend Austo to dinner. We sat at the bar, where the atmosphere is always fun and casual – just right for catching up and people watching – and there’s usually no wait (at least not on a Monday). Plus the bartenders/servers are always friendly and attentive.
For starters, we ordered the Salt Cod Tots ($9), described as crispy baccala fritters, served over a smoked oyster puree, topped with fava beans and thinly sliced radishes. I found it a little too fishy for my taste but Austo loved it, and thought it was awesome. The one thing we both agreed on? The portion size was just a tad too small. Each order comes with 4 small “tots.”
Needless to say, I didn’t even have to look at the menu to place my order. The Funghi Pizza (8” – $10) is one of the most popular dishes on the menu for a reason. The roasted mushrooms, with goat cheese, truffle oil and chives on a slightly charred pizza crust are a magnificent combination. It’s a whole lot of rock & roll taste without the psychedelic trip.
Austo chose the Pesto Pizza (8” – $10). In his own words…“From the crust to the cheese and house made mozzarella it was perfect! I loved every bite. The roasted tomatoes on each slice were the perfect addition in flavor to compliment the pesto.”
When we finally got the bill I thought maybe our server had given us a “friends and family” discount. The total was $21, and although my math is not that good, I knew it was off. What I didn’t realize was that we arrived just in time for happy hour, which anyone can enjoy from 3-6pm every night.
I’m a big fan of The Parlor (once a beauty parlor successfully transformed into a pizzeria) – the atmosphere, the service and especially the food! My only peeve with the restaurant? They are not open on Sundays. I always forget this very important bit of information and end up in the parking lot wondering why it’s so dead. But then again, it gives me a reason to look forward to Mondays.