Gary and I love Parigi, the charming Parisian bistro on Oak Lawn owned by our friend Chef Janice Provost and her partner, Chef Chad Houser. The duo are champions of using local produce and products in their constantly changing, seasonal menus, ensuring that their happy guests are able to enjoy farm fresh flavors with a French and Italian influence.
We stopped by late the other night after an event and settled into a cozy table for two looking into the kitchen, so we could enjoy the action, and ordered a bottle of Carbella Pinot Noir “Plowbuster” from Williamette Valley. Gary and I love Oregon Pinot and this was a new one for us, so we gave it a shot. Just the right amount of earthiness with bold, rich flavors of ripe cherry, cola and blackberry….slightly more fruit forward than I am used to from Oregon Pinot, but lush, approachable and a great food wine with our entrees.
One thing I love about Parigi is that every day their menu options change on a few key things…their nightly fish, soup and risotto. I don’t know any restaurant in town with rotating risotto, except Parigi, and it is always fun to hear the nightly description…one time it was a “3 little pigs” risotto with pork tenderloin, bacon and pancetta I think….mainly Janice likes to have fun with the combinations. Tonight’s risotto was Gary’s pick…spicy blackened chicken with ripe grape tomatoes, fresh spinach and lots of fontina cheese.
For me, a plate of farm to table fun with a twist. I was just going to do a salad, but their nightly fish special was salmon, and it just put me in the mood….so I doctored up a salad (as I often do) adding grilled salmon to their fresh greens with toasted pine nuts and a balsamic vinaigrette. Additionally, a few of Mr. Lemley’s local, ripe tomatoes were requested, and some sweet and creamy goat cheese from Caprino Royale….can it get any better? Simply stunning and delicious, just as we expect on any given evening at Parigi.