Aric Mei

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    How to Make Bitters Designs on Cocktail Foam with The Parlor's Michael Allmandinger

    When it comes to drinking cocktails, Michael Allmandinger says "the bitter, the better." While his cocktails have a strong herbal element by using infused syrups and bitters as well as liqueurs like Génépi, as he does in his trademark, competition-winning Parlor Star cocktail, calling his creation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    The Parlor Pizzeria in Phoenix Names New Executive Chef

    When chef Jared Porter left The Parlor in September to start his own venture called Clever Koi -- a modern noodle and dumpling house in Central Phoenix planned to open this fall -- the venerable Central Phoenix pizzeria owned by father-and-son-team Dan and Aric Mei (the two also also own Nello's in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Turns on New Zealand Wine -- Sort of

    I watched the chef swirl and sniff as I opened the rest of the bottles. I had learned not to expect too much from resorts, and this was one of them. We have really nice relationships with some, but they tend to be too big, run by out-of-state corporations, and not know or care about local wines.... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Jared Porter of The Parlor on Cooking with Chemicals and Eating "The People's Food"

    Jared Porter The Parlor 1916 East Camelback Road 602-248-2480 See also: The Parlor Offers Nose-to-Tail Dinners Wednesday Through Saturday Starting February 6 Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson Opens New Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix This is part one of my interview with Jared Porter, exe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Jerry Alday of Nello's Pizza

    Chef Jerry Alday of Nello's Pizza sees himself not as just a chef but an artist who's latest medium is food. "I actually wanted to be a rock star," Alday says, "A guitar player. Of course, everyone wanted to be Eddie Van Halen or Jimmy Gage from Zeppelin! But that didn't happen."

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    The Parlor Pizzeria: Behind the Scenes with Owner-Designer Aric Mei

    photo by Claire Lawton​ When Aric Mei stumbled upon Salon De Venus on Camelback Road, he had no intention of getting a haircut.  In hot pursuit of a location for his new restaurant, Mei met Ted and Mary Williams, who were in their 80s and looking to hand over ownership of the building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Modern Design Meets Modern Dining in Phoenix

    It's good to be in Phoenix for the food and the architecture these days. We've even heard of people coming here for just those two things. Catherine Slye Restaurant Revolution : David Tyda​ Catherine Slye Architect Hayes McNeil (Postino)​​As part of the Modern Phoenix Week e ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Gillian Tervet at The Parlor

    Lauren Gilger Bartender Gillian Tervet pouring a cocktail behind the bar at The Parlor.​Gillian Tervet is one of those girls who's cool because she's not trying to be. A bartender-on-the-rise who's barely old enough to drink her own cocktails (she just turned 21), Tervet has her own style ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Now Open: The Parlor

    A holiday weekend is a good time for a soft opening, it seems. The Parlor quietly opened its doors a few nights ago, and incredibly, I've already talked to a few friends who've been there. People must be hungry for this stuff. Word is, the food is straightforward and pretty tasty, and owner Ari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Coming Soon: The Parlor

    From beauty parlor to pizza parlor -- that'll be the transformation of the old Salon de Venus building at 20th Street and Camelback into a stylish, affordable new eatery called The Parlor. Set to open in late February, it's the vision of owner Aric Mei, whose parents own the Nello's pizzerias. He's ... More >>