Pizza by the Park

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By Minda Honey  |  Tastes

The Parlour is serving up pizza hot and fresh in Jeffersonville, Indiana, brought to you by the same group behind Portage House. The pizzeria sits at the foot of the Big Four Bridge in the historic Duffy-Hancock House. When you head upstairs, be sure to look up so you don’t miss the Great Flood of 1937 water-height marker. And you’ll definitely want to head upstairs, take a look out the windows and grab a cocktail designed by Beverage Director Adam Sabine at their copper-top bar. Many of the cocktails also feature Parlour’s house-made soda.

But what about the pizza? Their New York-style pizzas are fired up in an 8,000-pound oven imported straight from Italy. Kitchen Manager Brian Stone says a wall had to be removed to get the oven in the restaurant. Pick from 10 different types of pizza and a selection of salads – choose-your-own toppings is an option as well. I was a big fan of the Big Four meat special – pepperoni, sausage, bacon and ham. For something truly different, try the Broccoli Cheddar featuring diced chicken, broccoli, bacon and cheddar. If you still have room after salad and pizza, Parlour has partnered with nearby Sweets by Morgan to offer an array of desserts. The night I went, two bites of a mini strawberry cheesecake more than satisfied my sweet tooth.

Wander outside to the lawn and find bright red Adirondack chairs scattered around a fire pit, wooden benches, outdoor sofas, string lights and picnic benches. The renovated carriage house and beer garden are the domain of Windy Wonder, whose past includes time spent at Sergio’s World Beers and Heidelberg Distributing. Looking over her 42-tap selection, you’ll see a heavy focus on Indiana and Kentucky brews but plenty of saisons and sours too. And yes, you can get a slice to go with your pint in the carriage house. Sports lovers, the carriage house didn’t forget you – there are a few flat-screen TVs mounted to the walls.

While Parlour would make for a great family dinner night or hanging out with friends, I can totally see it as a top first-date spot this summer. Park on the Louisville side, walk across the bridge at sunset, order a round of cocktails and split a pie before heading outside to play some games on the lawn and enjoy a pint of beer, then walk your date back across the bridge under the stars.

Like Parlour on Facebook or visit them online at eatparlourpizza.com to stay up on events they’ll be hosting this summer – more info coming soon about a German Kolsch service. Also, they’re giving you an opportunity to unwind by the river every Sunday with Weekly Beer Yoga at 9 a.m. led by Parlour’s aforementioned beer guru and certified yoga instructor Windy Wonder. The class is 45-minutes and tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the GIST Cancer Research Fund. Bring your own mat. VT

The Parlour

812.914.7400

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