Meet Parla, Boston’s New Italian Speakeasy

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In Italian, Parla means “speak.”  Seems very fitting for this recently opened, trendy speakeasy joint located in the heart of Boston’s North End.

Word on the street is this savvy, exclusive venue has a secret menu full of delicious specialty surprises.  The interior is small and quaint; a copper-wrapped bar makes a stylish statement, sporting vintage mason jars serving as candleholders.  The list of luscious cocktails will certainly make you go wild, and break the flapper mural’s cultural rule of conduct, “Omertà,” which stands for ‘code of silence.’

Parla serves a roundup of deliciously innovative preparations to its guests.  Start your dinner off with their burrata fritta, prepared with flash fried burrata cheese, balsamic eggplant caponata, red pepper purée and pistachio crumbs – you will surely not be disappointed.  For your main dish, we recommend the rosa di parma, which is fresh chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, and served with olive oil pouched potatoes, roasted asparagus, fava bean pesto and infused balsamic.  Other dishes include monk fish osso bucco, lamb leg fettuccini, quail egg carbonara and more.  You cannot go wrong with whichever meal strikes your fancy; each dish is absolutely incredible.

You can even order bootleg old-fashioned whiskey here, prepared with fig infused bourbon, peychaud bitters, brown sugar syrup and luxardo cherry.  Followed by a scrumptious serving of squid ink gnocchi prepared with venison bolognese, garlic bread purée, shaved Parmesan cheese and basil, we’d say Parla knows how to show its guests an awesome time!

Check out Parla on Facebook for updates and to view the full menu.

Location: 230 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113


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