Parma 8200, the newest D'Amico restaurant opens
|Shrimp, fregola, and corn salad|
Just coming out of its friends and family phase and a couple days into its soft opening, Parma 8200, named for the region in Italy, is finding its feet. With a three-sided antipasti bar, unique black and white decor and an awesome patio still under contruction, D'Amico and Partners has opened its latest Italian offering in the Twin Cities on the bottom floor of the 8200 building in Bloomington. With free parking and easy access, it is a welcome addition to the southern Twin Cities eatery scene.
|interior of Parma|
Richard D'Amico has been opening restaurants for 26 years. When asked about the issues that crop up with birthing a new restaurant he lists the obvious: financing, you always go over budget, time period before profitability, always longer than projected, as well as the menu and staffing. There are so many little things on top of those (like fregola), it can be overwhelming.
The interior design reflects the location. Designed by Richard, the darker colors and bent toward masculinity will play well with the business clients that surround the building. But the large windows and plentiful light make it family friendly as well.
As for the food:
Restaurants are like artists, they need to find their voice. Parma 8200 is still looking for its voice a little.
Watermelon and sweet basil salad Romaine, apple and red onion salad Cavatelli with pork ragu
A massive patio will be opening July 18, with some of the biggest fireplaces in Minnesota. Cool summer nights spent there with some fresh shrimp, fregola, and corn salad will be amazing. BTW, fregola is a small semolina pasta similar to a large couscous.
Parma 8200, 8200 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington; 952.896.8888