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“Best food we have had in California!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parma

Parma
Ranked #8 of 1,102 Restaurants in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Comox, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best food we have had in California!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Found Parma on TA and certainly glad we did. Atmosphere (the outdoor patio at night is wonderful), the service and oh yah, the meals - all wonderful! We have been in San Francisco, Carmel, Santa. Barbara, LA and this has been, by far, the best meal and service we have had in CA! Highly recommend it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank stonesqd
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Delicious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We decided to try here after reading a couple of reviews on TA. Were not expecting it to be quite as classy as it was, and arrived after a long day still in shorts and flip-flops, but were treated the same as the well dressed customers. We ordered an antipasto plate to share, and when it arrived, it was huge. When we commented on the size, the waiter kindly suggested we could have half serves of the pastas we had ordered instead of full sizes, which worked out very well. Would love to have tried dessert, but we were way too full.
The wait staffwere very helpful. The owner greeted us when we arrived, and chatted to us when we left. Prices were reasonable. May even go back again tonight!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shazzcatz
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Palm Springs
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90 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

A few years ago I told my partner that he should go to Parma when he was in Fresno on a business trip. I had found some good reviews online and he loves Italian food. He came back with a glowing review of the restaurant.

This past January I accompanied him on another trip to Fresno and got to experience Parma myself. It had moved from the location my partner had dined at, but he still thought the food was great. We both had the fresh tri-pasta special that came with a house salad. The salad was super crisp with a light house dressing, and the pastas were all delicious. They melted in your mouth along with the warm bread and butter. The price was sooo reasonable for the quality of the food.

My only critique would be that the wines by the glass were both a dollar more than the menu price, and the bolognese pasta was slightly crunchy. Otherwise, this was a delightful meal with good service in a lovely atmosphere. The Italian owner chatted with us on the way out, and we told her that we would definitely be back next time in Fresno.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SandSPS
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Okinawa, Japan
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“No complaints, will go back when I can”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

I was visiting family in Fresno for my birthday and chose to eat here for my birthday dinner after reading a few reviews. At first I didn't want to, only because it sounded very upscale and not baby-friendly and I had my baby with me. However, we had a wonderful dinner at Parma. The restaurant was clean, well-decorated and quiet. We were offered a quiet area in the restaurant and the waiter apologized for not having any high chairs. Baby-friendly or not, the waiters (and owner) were all very kind and didn't give us any trouble, instead they talked to him and seemed quite happy to see him. The food was delicious. It seemed like it took a while but I imagine that any tasty dish takes time to prepare so I didn't mind. They kept bringing out more bread and butter, and our water glasses never emptied. I chose the manager's special (or whatever it's called), which came with an assortment of pieces as an appetizer, 3 different pastas, as well as a dessert of my choice. The appetizer assortment was insane. It was artfully displayed and all of it was very good. I enjoyed 2 out of 3 of the pastas, the third was well-prepared but not my kind of pasta I guess. I have never had authentic Italian before but I thought it was great. And the desserts were fabulous. My family ordered different ones and we tasted them all, they were just great! Beautifully displayed and very tasty. The manager kept checking on us, not enough to annoy though. She was even kind enough to hand my baby a book to look at. I was very pleased with this restaurant. While I really don't know many people in Fresno and I live out of the country, I will be sure to recommend to anyone visiting the area. I will also come back for dinner the next time I am in town! 5 stars.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank steph0220
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Fresno, California
Level Contributor
113 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Outstanding meals, well prepared and always delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

The proprietor, Elena Mastro, welcomes all to her restaurant as if she was welcoming you to her home. The menu offerings are varied and every meal we have enjoyed is well prepared and presented. The staff is attentive, without hovering. This is an excellent choice for authentic Italian food. I've been with friends and family and all plan to return..

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KathiO-10
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