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Any recommendations or regrets for Prima Pizza Pasta on Parmer and McNeil ?

slowcoooked Nov 30, 2011 11:55 AM

Hey folks it's last minute but my inlaws are craving pizza / pasta and I found pretty good reviews on yelp but only one here for Prima Pizza Pasta and no specific recs for dishes.

Any thoughts from the 'hounds? How's the eggplant and chicken parm?

  1. dinaofdoom Nov 30, 2011 11:58 AM

    freaky.

    we were all just talking about this place in these threads.
    mostly about the pizza, however, someone mentioned the picatta.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593592
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785580

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    1. re: dinaofdoom
      slowcoooked Nov 30, 2011 12:30 PM

      Dina thanks, it was Careyana's post in that thread that didn't mention the name. Got it. Sounds pretty enticing and reasonable. Will report back.

      1. re: slowcoooked
        dinaofdoom Nov 30, 2011 02:24 PM

        got a menu last night, and it's not long or fancy/fusiony.
        was describing it to a co-worker as "a traditional red sauce italian kind of place".
        so, the eggplant and/or chicken parm should be spot on!

        1. re: dinaofdoom
          slowcoooked Dec 1, 2011 06:30 AM

          Okay, so we went. Inlaws got chicken parm and it was good. Comes with a boring little salad and a pile of pasta with red sauce. I really liked the red pepper flake and roasted tomato flavors in the sauce. The misses got eggplant parm and it was on the dry side but didn't offend. We didn't try the pizza, but the dinner entrees came with a basket of really good fresh rolls that I think got near but not too close to garlic (sadly b/c they're called garlic rolls). They were very good though. I got the sausage calzone the crust of which was delicious and the interior was great too - ricotta, mozz, and sausage. I must say the sausage was not to my liking, next time I'll try the burger or just veg option. But I will get a calzone there again. The pizza slices didn't look near as good as reported, but then again, this was 7:30 pm and the place might have had 10 patrons. The sauteed mushrooms were a hit, sort of like an herby garlicky sliced button mushroom scampi - VERY good. The tiramisu and cheesecakes are made in Dallas, and were also quite tasty. It didn't blow our socks off, but I will go back on a Calzone or chicken parm craving. The interior leaves a lot to be desired, a busy hustle bustle lunch crowd might squelch the low brow decor.

          1. re: slowcoooked
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            careyana Dec 1, 2011 04:05 PM

            Sorry for totally forgetting the name. It's not a fancy place by any means, but the food very reminiscent of true NE foods. I think the owners are hesitant to spend too much on the decor - it's functional as-is, and updating would lead to price increases. Maybe eventually. They seem very flexible on the calzone fillings so you may want to request the meatball or something else to try. I don't remember if the rolls with the entree were garlic or not.

            We're going back for lunch tomorrow and I'll order something different tomorrow. Probably a stromboli to see how those translate from my childhood memories.

            OR, spouse wants another calzone again. Still going for lunch tomorrow. Hungry men. Ha.

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