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Marco Parizzi

Chef Marco Parizzi, of Parma’s Ristorante Parizzi, grew up in the restaurant business. His grandfather opened Parma’s Il Tiratardi in 1948, a simple trattoria that his parents took over and grew. And although Parizzi took a brief turn toward the study of accountancy, he was soon drawn back to the stove. At the family restaurant, Parizzi, he apprenticed with chef Gino Giulianotti, and then returned to school to dive into cooking full-time and to apprentice under chefs such as Roger Vergé.

In 2000, Parizzi’s father, Ugo, retired and turned over the restaurant to Marco, who then renovated it over the next few years and, with his wife, Cristina, as sommelier, took it to a new level of cooking. On the menu are dishes like pear ravioli with crispy black truffle, leeks, and Marsala sauce; fillet of Adriatic sole with pepper salad, broccoli sauce, and herb mayonnaise; and a chickpea soup with lobster and herbs.

The Parizzis later opened a hotel, and in 2012 a cooking school that is attached to the restaurant. And between teaching and preparing for service, Marco appeared on the first season of the television show La Prova del Cuoco (The Cook’s Test).

Branching out to Milan in 2014, Parizzi opened Drogheria Parini 1915, a combination gourmet-foods store, wine bar, coffee shop, and restaurant serving classics like risotto Milanese and vitello tonnato.