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Feb 10, 2004 10:09 AM

Best eggplant parmisan in Chicago

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Where to get the best eggplant parmisan? To-date, my favorite is Tufano's. Any other offerings?

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  1. Try this:

    8422 Lawrence Ave
    Norridge, IL

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    1. re: tsores

      Oops. Giannott has closed their Norridege location. Same owner and same menu at:

      Giannotti Steak House (Oakbrook)
      17 W. 400 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace
      Tel: (630) 833-2700


    2. I enjoyed the dish at La Scarola.

      1. It may not be the best in Chicago- my eggplant parm experiences are limited- but Papa Milano's on Oak and State does a very nice job. Very generous serving, doesn't have that "funky fried" flavor that I associate with the use of old (or reused?) oil, and I love their somewhat sweetish, simple red sauce. Some may find it a touch heavy on the breading, but the ample amounts of cheese/eggplant/sauce make for a pretty balanced bite.

        Old-school type of joint for that neigborhood. They still have the paper placemats with the map of Italy- which probably says it all.

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        1. re: JohnJeter

          Scumaci's cafe at Wolf Rd. and Rt. 6 on the Orland Park-Mokena border has my favorite eggplant parm sandwich. The eggplant is lightly breaded, the sauce is tasty, and there's no slab of mozzarella welded to the eggplant, just parmesan cheese dusted on it. Served on a sturdy bun.

        2. Dave's Italian Kitchen on Chicago Ave. in Evanston. Tangy sauce, good crunch to the fried eggplant slices. Still there after all these years, and still cheap for Evanston. Don't miss the creamy garlic salad dressing.

          There was actually a better one at La Pasta Ria in Des Plaines, but they closed. They used many very thin fried slices. Mmmmmm.

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          1. re: JoelF

            That's what I LIKE in eggplant parmesan...the breading crisp & crunchy. Baking the slices under sauce and cheese until the whole mess is mushy
            is just plain yuck-o.

            Anyone know of more places where the breading is still crisp?

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            The Wandering Jew

            If you stretch the definition of Chicago a little and go to Berwyn, there's Salerno's. I discovered it because it's near work and got several friends hooked. So, so good.

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            1. re: The Wandering Jew

              No need to stretch your definitions, I have enjoyed the eggplant parm at Salerno's on Grand, a few blocks west of La Scarola. They even have parking for the less adventurous drivers. Enjoy it.

              1201 W. Grand Ave.