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Parma Italian Roots Serves Up Elevated Italian Dishes in the Valley

Jessica Dunham | June 3, 2019 | Food & Drink

A Parma spread, including pappardelle Bolognese, seared Ora King Salmon, butternut squash-filled agnolotti with black currants and assorted bruschetta

What happens when you bring a West Coast sensibility to traditional Italian fare? You get artfully plated indulgent dishes served in a laid-back environment. At Parma Italian Roots—the highly anticipated new Scottsdale restaurant—executive chef Chris Gentile reinvents classic Italian dishes with Southern California flair. Exhibit A: The grilled octopus appetizer ($15) sports crushed hazelnuts and Fresno chiles. Exhibit B: Whipped butternut accompanies tender, slow-cooked beef short ribs ($33). Need more proof of a West Coast-Italian match made in food heaven? Organic California tomatoes show up on wood-fired pizzas, while fresh herbs like basil blossoms and cilantro adorn everything from gnocchi ($19) to mascarpone-topped carrots ($9). And for those who crave old-school Italian like Grandma used to make, Gentile cultivates classics such as pappardelle Bolognese with Napoli tomatoes ($25) and chicken parmigiana with creamy mozzarella and pomodoro sauce ($27). Bring friends and score seats at one of the wide wooden tables—perfect for sharing plates and cracking open a bottle of wine or two. 20831 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 117, 480.292.9900


Photography by: Awe Collective