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Parsons Table closing

Posted by Devra First  September 19, 2011 01:31 PM

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I loved Winchester restaurant Parsons Table, where Chris Parsons prepared dishes such as salt-roasted Wellfleet clams with chorizo and oregano mojo and trout with Maine potatoes (above). The restaurant also served one of the area's best versions of carrot cake. The space is tiny, and Parsons is a top-notch chef. He cooked for you most nights; you could peek into the kitchen and see him at the stove.

Soon, Parsons Table is closing, likely around November. It's not all sad news. Parsons needs a bigger space. He previously ran the restaurant as Catch, focusing on seafood, and he has long planned to bring that concept to Boston. It's that he's focused on now, with a location in the works, albeit not definite. He also plans to open a second Parsons Table in the Boston area.

In the meantime, chef Vittorio Ettore of Bistro 5 in Medford plans to take over the Winchester space, a deal that is still in progress. (He and Parsons are both Winchester residents.) This would be happy news. His first Italian restaurant has a serious following in Medford. His second would be another Italian concept, tentatively named A Tavolo. It would mean a different face in the kitchen, but still a talented chef who creates delicious food with a personal touch.

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