I had my first dinner at the Lil' Parlor Pizzeria in South Pas tonight. It hasn't gotten much attention on the board, so I thought it deserved its own thread. I have to preface this by saying that Michael Ruiz is one of my favorite chefs. I ate at Bistro Verdu often, and I almost cried when I learned that Ingredients was closing since I was there weekly. I think that the menu at Lil' Parlor incorporates my favorite Ruiz styles with something new - the pizza.
My SO and I started off with two appetizers - the soup and the pork rillette. The soup had black-eyed peas, and that's about all I know about it because my SO gobbled it up before I got more than a small bite! The pork rillette was amazing. It was served with baked apples with (smoked?) onions. The dish just melted in my mouth. I spent the past 9 months in Paris, so I'm picky about my rillettes! We split a wood-oven pizza with peppers and a house fennel sausage. The crust was really thin and crispy, and the toppings melded together well - a little spicy, but not enough to detract from the flavor of the sausage and peppers. For dessert, we split a tiramisu. My SO proclaimed it the best tiramisu he's ever had (which I'm trying not to be offended about, since he's eaten my tiramisu!) It was silky smooth and topped with cocoa nibs, which gave it a nice texture.
I had never ventured inside 750ml, so I don't know what changes have been made to the interior. It's a very open space, with a full view of the kitchen and wood-burning pizza oven area, and lots of windows. I also really liked the music, and appreciated the volume (not too loud).
The wine list is small, but interesting. We decided to order by the glass to try a few different kinds. I really enjoyed the Pinot Nero with my pizza, as well as another red recommended by the server since they were out of the Barbera d'Asti that I ordered. I didn't ask about their corkage policy.
Overall, it was an excellent dinner, and I look forward to many more meals here!