Parma Mozzarella Bar | Louisville

From Coal Creek, take Dillon Road west across McCaslin—about, say, a par 15 —and you land at Parma, named after an Italian town known for meats and cheeses. The authentic “real Italy” cuisine offered by the partners (chef/owner Silvio Cuomo has been the engaging host during my visits) is top-shelf, but what matters to 19th-holers is the happy hour—from 3:30 to 6 p.m., seven days a week, dinner entrees are proffered in $3, $4 and $5 plates. Load up on the frittura (earthy marinated Hazel Dell mushrooms or baked asparagus with Prosciutto and reggiano cheese), the pesce (mussels or grilled shrimp with herbs, lemon and olive oil) and the vegetali (my fave was melanzani, succulent eggplant in a citrusy garlic sauce), throw in a glass of Chianti and you’ve still haven’t cracked the $25 mark.

The mozzarella bar is sublime, with in-house and imported cheeses (I suggest pairing them with the organic rose peppers). Gotta love a place where a cousin from Italy can be visiting and helping out for a few weeks. Bonus points for having only one 50-inch TV monitor in the place—and, instead of some junk sports broadcast, it’s a feed of the crew in the kitchen preparing your Italian feast. Must-eat TV!

1132-1 West Dillon Road. 303-284-2741.


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