When it comes to my husband, one type of food makes him happiest and on his special days, I don’t have to worry about where to take him. Pick a pizza place and he’s happy! I had been driving past The Parlor and continually thinking, I need to try this place and my husband’s birthday was the perfect excuse.
It’s a little obscure and you might not notice it driving down Camelback but the red Parlor sign will call your name, if you look hard enough. The Parlor has been listed as the Best of Phoenix, Best of the Valley and 50 best pizzas on Food Network. So you can bet that my expectations were pretty high.
We pulled up to a semi busy evening service with most people enjoying the patio, which really is spectacular. We decided to sit inside and were promptly seated. This is where things go a little off track. We must have been seated in the forgotten section because we waited for quite some time and had to ask twice for someone to even come greet us. Nobody had come to say hi or even to offer us a drink. After being told multiple times that someone would come over, we finally had some help and the manager came over to apologize. I appreciate when a restaurant will immediately take control of a poor situation and right it. This is exactly what they did and the service and food after this initial experience made up for everything.
To start us out and fill our hungry bellies a bit we had the Fritto Misto. Oh my gosh, the calamari and rock shrimp were crispy but exploded in your mouth. I would eat that again and again and again! The hubs ordered the Spicy Barbecue Chicken, a crispy thin crust topped with chicken, barbecue sauce, melted provolone cheese, cilantro, a hint of truffle oil and chives. I ordered the Cavatelli Porchetta, which had ricotta cavatelli, roasted pork that was crisp outside but tender inside, arugula pesto and calabrian chile to spice it up. My dish was the star out of the two, there is no denying fresh pasta like that, I mean, it was above par!! I’m not saying the pizza was bad, I’m just saying that it was hard to beat the Cavatelli Porchetta.
Check out the full menu here and stop by the next time you’re looking to eat some real pizza and pasta.