It is opening week for Parla, an Italian speakeasy at 230 Hanover Street (formerly Il Villaggio) in Boston’s North End. The new team in charge has completely revamped the place, led by Vince D’Angelo. Having come from Royale, Vince developed the Parla concept of an Italian-themed speakeasy with a working class feel. An opening release describes, “a curious dining experience. We believe in bold ingredients and even bolder spirits. So take a step back in time. Change is here.”
In the kitchen is Executive Chef Eric Buonagurio, who worked under celebrity chef Jason Santos and was part of the team that opened Abby Lane, Blue Inc. and most recently was Chef De Cuisine at Harry’s in Back Bay. He’s not a stranger to Hanover Street with a stint at Quattro too. Behind the mixology of Parla is bar manager Morgan Mason with experience at several Boston lounges, clubs and restaurants including The Lenox, The W, The Hilton, Tico, Julep and most recently Blue Inc.
The menu, shown below, is an Italian influenced mix of dishes including Monkfish Osso Bucco, Oxtail Arancini, Flash Fried Burrata and a Squid Ink Gnocci.
On the beverage side, there is a craft beer menu (including the Game of Thrones limited release), an all Italian wine list and a cocktail selection with twists on the classics, featuring the Rhuby Mule, the Dillinger Sidecar and the Bee-Sting Julep.
We stopped in for some photos, shown below, as the crew was furiously working toward a soft opening on Monday, April 14th. Officially, the doors open on Wednesday, April 16th.
Parla is a small restaurant that does not take reservations. So, capacity is expected to be an issue especially during the soft opening. Hours are 4pm-12:30am. There is a sign-up at ParlaBoston.com for opening updates as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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Here is the Parla menu: