From the owners of beloved Manhattan staple The Smith comes a new Columbus Avenue restaurant combining cocktails and pizza.
Parla officially opened Wednesday at 320 Columbus Avenue (corner of 75th Street) in the space that formerly housed Saffron. The restaurant is owned by Corner Table Restaurants, which owns and operates The Smith’s six locations including four throughout Manhattan and one in both Chicago and Washington D.C.
The food program created by executive chef Brian Ellis of The Smith is founded on round and square pizza pies, which aim to be distinctly thin and crispy (round) and light and fluffy with a crisp base (square). Ellis spent his childhood working and learning in pizza kitchens and later helped launch The Smith’s original location in the East Village.
Round pie options include the Tomato Pie ($19), NY classic ($29), and The Happy Clam ($27), which features little neck clams, garlic, lemon, parsley, oregano and parmesan.
Among the square pizza highlights are the Upside Down ($21), Hot Hunny ($27) and There’s a Leek ($26), a creatively named pie combining leek and gruyere fondue, bacon and brussel sprouts.
All Parla’s pizzas are made with stone milled flour from Italy, tomatoes from New Jersey and mozzarella from New York.
For starters, Parla offers Catchy O’s (spaghetti cacio e pepe arancini) and Pepperoni Meatballs among other inspired small plates. Parla’s menu also features veggie selections including broccolini ($13) and the Parla Chopped salad ($25) with calamari, kale, black olives, chickpeas and more. The menu is completed by four pasta options with Goat Cheese Gnocchi ($25) and Wild Mushroom Mafaldine ($23) among them.
The bar menu from Mike di Tota (also of The Smith) includes a Hot Honey Margarita and new takes on classics like the Spritz, Aperitivi and Whiskey Sour.
The 30-seat space with a 14-seat bar was designed by Nemaworkshop, a design group that counts La Pecora Bianca and Bond Street (in addition to The Smith locations) among its projects. Parla is currently open for dinner and will soon expand to an all-day menu including baked goods at breakfast and lunch.