Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi have been kept busy at their neighboring restaurants on Mulberry Street. Torrisi and Parm are templates of Italian-American cuisine. Parm serves classics like chicken parm and baked ziti to those looking for a quick meal at a cheap price point. Dinner at Torrisi provides a look into the layers of talent that have made Carbone and Torrisi, and both of their restaurants, the successes they are. Aside from maintaining two of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city, the guys have also been busy readying to open two new projects on Thompson Street.
At the end of last year, the pair signed a lease in the old Rocco space at 181 Thompson Street. They've since revealed the name of the place and plan to open Carbone sometime in November. The restaurant will be a slightly upscale mid-century Italian-American restaurant where you can expect dishes like linguine with clams, octopus pizzaiola, and whole maraschino duck.
The Lobster Club, opening at 169 Thompson Street, is project number two; a sandwich shop whose menu draws inspiration from the triple-decker Saratoga Club at Parm. TLC is shooting to open before Carbone, possibly in October.