Disclaimer: This meal was comped.
Jamaica gave way to Italy as the relocation of Concordia area Carribean fixture Mango Bay saw the introduction of Parma Café in the same locale on Bishop Street downtown. The one-month-old café/deli — from ex-Euro Deli and Macaroni Bar principals — promises to bless Shaughnessy Village with authentic Italian comfort food at an affordable price.
The newcomer's interior has been redone from the ground up in a classic, old-world spirit that goes with the greystone building's charming facade. The inviting, intimate space quickly drew us to the bar, from where the conversation with our friendly barista and one of the owners started — and did not end until our departure just before closing.
The cafe's multifaceted offering spans strong espressos, Italy's trifecta of PPP (pizza, panini, pasta) and a pret-a-manger/takeout counter. Every craving will be satisfied, whether you're in for a coffee, lunch or a light dinner with a drink; you can even walk out with a selection of homemade or imported products. There's no novelty here; this is simple, tasty and low-cost fare that is prepared with care — and almost entirely in-house.
Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink. We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.