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Sneak Peek: The Parlor

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Chef Jared Porter tells me that he traded his apron for a tool belt in recent weeks, but now he's finalizing his menu for The Parlor, the new pizza joint set to open later this month (tentatively April 27) in the old Salon de Venus on Camelback at 20th Street.

Here's a special sneak peek for Chow Bella readers:

For antipasti, there will be arancini; caponata bruschetta with saba and herbed ricotta spread; and fritto misto with crispy calamari and rock shrimp, romesco and grilled lemon. Half a dozen salads include caprese; Caesar; and farm greens with roasted chicken, pears, gorgonzola, and spiced pecans, while the sandwich list includes a burger with a choice of toppings, and a duck club sandwich.

Among the nine different pizzas, look for roasted Yukon gold potato with gorgonzola, pancetta, and leeks; wild mushroom with goat cheese, truffle oil, and chives; Schreiner's "Parlor blend" sausage with grilled radicchio, sage, gorgonzola, and saba; and a puttanesca pizza with calamari, rock shrimp, spicy tomato sauce, capers, olives, and fennel.

Entrees (steak frites, grilled salmon, etc.) will only be available at dinner, as will handmade pastas like pappardelle Bolognese; tagliatelle with speck, radicchio, and pecorina crema; and chitarra with pesto. Desserts include espresso panna cotta, a lemon curd polenta tart, and fruit-flavored gelato milkshakes. There's also a kids' menu, and there will be special late-night offereings available in the bar.

Porter tells me that there will be a full bar, with 16 different beers on tap, and that none of the menu items will top $17.     

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