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Vegas dining’s pied piper

Catch up with the talented Chef Marc by taking a trip to Parma

Charred octopus at Parma
Photo: Beverly Poppe

I've followed Chef Marc around Northwest Vegas, and I am not the only one. From Marc's World Cuisine to Mezzo to his latest and probably greatest restaurant, Parma, Marcus Sgrizzi has been sharing family recipes and tales of traveling in Italy with his diners for years. He's a friendly guy, too; when he comes out of the kitchen to talk about tonight's specials, he goes all out. It's like an old friend giving you a recipe. But that's not why we follow him around. His food is good.


7591 W. Washington Ave.
Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

At Parma, a small restaurant, usually busy despite its odd location next to the Trader Joe's off Summerlin Parkway, he seems to have concentrated his focus with marvelous results. At lunch, try a quick sandwich with quality imported meats and cheeses. At dinner, lounge in the center of the restaurant and sample wines or grab a comfy corner table and enjoy a shockingly tender charred octopus salad. He'll still make you those delicious homemade meatballs or crisp, batterless eggplant parmesan, but he's also making pasta from scratch daily (a special of artichoke and potato ravioli was impressively smooth) and doing great things with fish, like perfectly delicate halibut resting in a saffron and mascarpone cream sauce.

Sgrizzi has jumped around a bit in his decade in Vegas, but no matter where he has ended up, the food is good. For the chef and his patrons, Parma feels like home.

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