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Jun 20, 2009 08:49 PM

Eggplant Parmigiana

Looking for a great eggplant parm -- sandwich or platter. Have been disappointed at some of the otherwise notable Italian establishments in our fair city.

BTW, don't care if it's a dive or pizza joint. Some of them have great food.

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  1. We really like it at Criniti's in South Philly, if you haven't already tried it there. It's a platter, but I think they sell it in a sandwich too.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Criniti's is the best. same with their lasagna.

    2. If you're ever in the vicinity of Lafayette Hill, stop at Sorrento's on Germantown Pike. This BYOB makes VERY GOOD eggplant parm for around $12-$13. I often order take-out and the large portion (plus torpedo roll/butter and salad) last for 2 or even 3 meals. It's excellent. The place lacks ambience but the food is very good and the small dining room is often packed.

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      1. re: Enjoy Good Food

        Marra's on Passyunk Ave in South Philadelphia is another decent choice. You can add ricotta to the cheese mix there.

      2. I like the Eggplant Parm sandwich at both Cosmi's and Franco Luigi's. Neither are anything fancy, just good sandwiches. Franco Luigi's has better gravy.

        Franco Luigi's is a takeout pizza place, but also has a BYO restaurant (with live opera!) attached. I once had the eggplant parm as a platter in the restaurant part and it was good.

        Please share you experiences! I love eggplant and would like to hear abou the places you've tried--both good and bad.

        1. i remember liking the eggplant parm at dante and luigi's.....

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          1. re: mazza3

            When the DiRocco`s ran the place, eggplant was awesome, IMHO anything but now. Ralph`s still the same, comes with great greens as the side to the eggplant parmigiana

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              i should have qualified my comment with 'but it's been a long time since i've had it there'. i disagree with you on ralph's, but it is all good. :)

              1. re: mazza3

                If you get it 'well-done' will be damn similar to old D&L

                1. re: mazza3

                  Hate to bring back an old post, but what the hell happened to Ralph's. Been going for decades for eggplant parm well-done and escarole. That is all, nothing else, same meal forever. Last night, ordered the meal, and first the greens came, never saw oil and no garlic cloves. tasted boiled not sauteed, feh, Then the eggplant, not well done, but 2 meager rounds with no sauce at all. GF got chicken parm. ate two huge breasts and took three home with her. Took off list very relucantly. To add insult 7.50 for a big Pellegrino.