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IN SEARCH OF: Most Excellent Eggplant Parmigiana

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few Jan 16, 2010 04:09 PM

Every time I try a new Italian spot- I always ask for a small serving of Eggplant P. To say I am generally disappointed would be a giant understatement.

Last week we stopped into Consiglio's on Wooster St in New Haven. This was the best I have had in a long, long time. Perfectly sized slices, lightly breaded, meaty with that distinctive eggplant flavor allowed to come through.

BUT STILL - somehow lacking.

So CH'rs!

How about it ?

Where can one get outstanding EP?

I live on the shoreline east - - but am always up for an adventure elsewhere in Ct

  1. bagelman01 Jan 18, 2010 06:51 PM

    I love Eggplant Parm, but don't like it thick and bready. I have found Pietra on the Post Road in Milford (about 5 minutes west of the Westfield mall) to have the best in the area. Thinly sliced, thinly coated and not overcooked, and not mushy.

    1. acervoni Jan 18, 2010 03:24 PM

      Eggplant Parm is my absolute favorite! And, like you, am I usually disappointed. No one can come close to our home version but I still order it when we go out. The best I have found in Connecticut has been Caffe Bravo in New Haven.

      1. kattyeyes Jan 18, 2010 04:14 AM

        I'm also spoiled by my mom's eggplant, but I remember loving eggplant rollatini at First & Last in Middletown. If they can get rollatini right, for sure, their parm's gotta be excellent, too. You can also have it as a pizza topping. Mmmmmm!
        http://www.firstandlasttavern.com/

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          few Jan 18, 2010 05:35 PM

          Hi Katty - funny you should mention 1st & Last - - stopped in there Sat before going to see Sherlock Holmes - - had an EP grinder....it was just ok - right size slice, but a bit soggy.....

          I might give them another shot though as it was for lunch......sometimes you are getting the setup from night before at lunch

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          saraf Jan 17, 2010 10:18 PM

          Other than my mother's eggplant,which is heavenly, the only place that I ever liked the eggplant parm was Zuppardi's Appizza in West Haven.

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            solargarlic Jan 17, 2010 04:57 PM

            Does it have to be a proper restaurant? It's been awhile, but if memory serves me correct, Liuzzi's is close to homemade to me (meaning, eggplant dipped in egg and flour and fried).

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              few Jan 18, 2010 05:38 PM

              So where is this Liuzzi's? and does the EP have a fresh EP taste and crunch to it?

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                kattyeyes Jan 18, 2010 05:52 PM

                Liuzzi is in North Haven. I'll let solargarlic fill you in on their EP as I've never tasted it. But it's worth a trip there for a variety of reasons (cheese being one!). :)
                http://www.liuzzicheese.com/

                Happy trekking...and I hope your next trip to F&L is a better bet. I haven't been recently. I have my mom's EP in the fridge for tomorrow...

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                  solargarlic Jan 18, 2010 05:54 PM

                  not crunch...and I'm speaking from memory, but I'm gonna say it's more soft and soggy...like I said, I'm into the dip in egg and flour and fry (oh, and sliced thin) type EP. I could be wrong though. In any case, it's a great stop in North Haven, not far from the Merritt or 91 (between exits 9 & 10). They make their own cheese (really the hightlight) and have tons of imported goods. During lunch, the lines are crazy but they move fast...they've got a full sandwich menu (hot sandwiches change usually).

                  http://www.liuzzicheese.com/

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