Ben Poremba to Open Italian Restaurant Parigi in Clayton


Bon Appétit! Parigi is Italian for Paris!

Ben Poremba, chef-owner of ElaiaOlio and Old Standard Fried Chicken, has plans to add an Italian restaurant to his collection right here in Clayton. Poremba will open early in 2016 on the first floor of the Clayton on the Park apartment building located at 8025 Bonhomme Avenue in Clayton.

The dinner menu is slated to be recognizably Italian, with a French twist added when it comes to the sauces. There will still be the classic pasta dishes, but there will also be a focus on beef and grilled meat. Poremba said there will be “sort of a bridge between American steak house (far), for lack of a better word, and classic Italian. You’ll get a protein with a sauce and share side dishes family-style.” Parigi will also have more casual menu options for a breakfast and lunch menu.

Poremba’s chef de cuisine at his current restaurant Elaia will move to Parigi and serve as the head chef. Poremba has also hired Aaron Sherman, who recently left a restaurant group on Chicago, to serve as the wine director for his restaurants.

This is the first of Poremba’s restaurants that will be in Clayton. He says he was drawn to the area as it is a center for business and draws a lot of traffic. He is hoping for a November opening of his new restaurant, and I can’t wait to try it out!


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