It’s sign of times when we are celebrating our wedding anniversary at a casual Italian bar on a Travel Zoo voucher. The bank account has definitely been feeling the pinch and we needed a venue that would deliver great food at affordable prices. A 3 course meal for 2, plus a bottle of wine for $59. Now that’s a bargain if I hadn’t seen one!
Parma Cucina (285a Crown St, Surry Hills) is a fairly new addition to the Surry Hills dining scene. It’s located on the corner of Campbell St and Crown St. It’s open all day and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
|Beef fillet and mushroom carpaccio with apple, rocket, parmesan shaved and truffle oil (normally $18)|
|Cheesy pizza pane - crushed garlic, olive oil, rosemary and fresh mozzarella (normally $14)|
|Lasagna d’anatra – slow roasted duck and porcini lasagne (normally $28)|
I had the lasagna as my main and it is the signature dish at Parma. And I can see why! Lasagna is a great comfort food and a favourite of mine, especially in winter. I just love those sheets of handmade pasta, with layers of meat and creamy sauce wedged in between and cheese sprinkled on top. There was loads of pulled duck meat in the lasagna and the duck meat was tender and had great flavour. The lasagne was creamy, cheesy, but not too heavy and of course delicious. The kind of dish that you just want to keep digging more and more. However, the lasagna was massive! I was really struggling to finish but I persevered!
|Spinach ravioli – stuffed with ricotta, zucchini flower, cherry tomato sauce and walnuts (normally $25)|
|Yoghurt and honey bavarese – with orange and pistachio (normally $12)|
|Tiramisu (normally $12)|
Highlight: The Duck Lasanga is definitely the go-to dish at Parma.
Lowlight: Beef carpaccio needed more flavour.
Overall: Parma serves great quality Italian comfort food. Big servings and big flavours. A great addition to the already vibrant Surry Hills dining scene. 6.5/10 (Good)