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Chicken Parm Sub Finished in an Oven

chefematician Aug 17, 2010 10:35 AM

Hello all. I am a relatively new poster, though I have been an avid reader of this board for a while. I searched the board for recommendations for Boston's best chicken parm sub, and I ended up at Victor's in Ball Square. While I was very happy with the quality of the sandwich, there was one thing missing. Victor's doesn't finish their chicken parm in an oven. So I am turning to you for advice. Where can I get the best chicken parm sub that's finished in an oven? I love the toasty bread and melty cheese aspect of chicken parm subs and Victor's just doesn't have that element going for them. I look forward to reading your replies. Thanks!

Ball Square Cafe
708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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    kimfair1 RE: chefematician Aug 17, 2010 10:40 AM

    Did Victor's have an oven? I only ask, because I've asked places that don't finish their subs in an oven to pop it in for a few minutes and have never had a problem. Sorry that I don't really know anyplace that routinely toasts their chicken parm sub.

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      FoodLush RE: chefematician Aug 17, 2010 10:52 AM

      Maybe Beauty's Pizza on Broadway in Cambridge? They refer to the subs as "oven baked".

      1. yumyum RE: chefematician Aug 17, 2010 10:56 AM

        You often see this referred to as "toasted". It's true that's not the standard for Victor's and I'm not sure if they keep their ovens cranked up all day (mandatory for a toasted sub place). Wouldn't hurt to ask him though ... he's an awfully nice guy.

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          mkfisher RE: chefematician Aug 17, 2010 11:56 AM

          Express on Hanover St in the North End serves the best chicken parm sub I've ever had, and they do indeed finish it in the oven.

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            twentyoystahs RE: mkfisher Oct 7, 2010 05:50 PM

            Second this, although to avoid confusion, it is Il Panino Express.....not just Express.
            I have long looked for a contender to this sub, but I believe it is the best in the city. They use fresh baked bread (from Parziale's, just down the street, i believe), pieces of lightly fried chicken breast, finished w their tomato sauce and a slice or two of provolone. Then they put the whole thing in the oven for a couple of minutes. It's usually 2 meals for me, and one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

            Il Panino
            266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

          2. chefematician RE: chefematician Aug 17, 2010 01:53 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't think to ask the first time I was there, only because I wanted to try their sub as they always serve it and then decide if I like it or not. I will check out Beauty's and Express next time I am in those areas.

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              cambridgeMike RE: chefematician Aug 18, 2010 04:36 AM

              Pinochhios in Harvard Square also finishes their subs in the oven. Chicken isn't always the greatest but I have fond memories of it

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                chefematician RE: cambridgeMike Aug 19, 2010 01:40 PM

                It's funny that you mention them. I feel the same way about their chicken parm; not the greatest but fond memories nonetheless. Those subs and their Sicilian slices got me through many late night study sessions.

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                baldbert RE: chefematician Aug 19, 2010 03:51 PM

                Dude, or Dudette,

                Get yourself over to Vinny's on Broadway in East Somerville- best Chicken Parm in Boston. They don't toast the sandwich but there is no need to. This sandwich is a throw-back, a work of art, and not a Sysco chicken product pressed into cutlet form.

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                  chickendhansak RE: baldbert Aug 23, 2010 10:26 AM

                  Victor's is prepared with a high quality home made cutlet as well, so I think Vinny's may still not be what the OP wants. I know the problem well, as I love the feel of crispness on the outside of the roll, but like you would want to eat from the very best like Vinny's and Victor's. Another place which does an awesome (eggplant at least) sub that also isn't toasted is Sessa's in Davis, which I got turned on to by CH. Again difficult to find better in a place that has an oven.

                  I haven't been to Bob's in Medford, though. Maybe that's the holy grail here? Do they toast?

                  414 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

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                    twentyoystahs RE: chickendhansak Oct 7, 2010 05:51 PM

                    I don't think Bob's routinely toasts, though their chicken parm is pretty good. Not as good as Il Panino tho', imo.

                    Il Panino
                    266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

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                    joth68 RE: baldbert Aug 23, 2010 10:46 AM

                    I wasn't all that impressed with Vinny's Chicken Parm. The chicken was precooked/room temp and the sauce drizzled over it wasn't hot enough to warm the chicken/melt the cheese.

                    Bob's is my current favorite but they don't toast.

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                      Bob MacAdoo RE: joth68 Aug 27, 2010 09:18 AM

                      Tried Bob's yesterday. They fry their cutlets fresh, but do not toast.

                      The small was huge, but interestingly enough, was on a seeded roll (sesame) compared with the Italian bread sub roll for the large or jumbo.

                      Also noteworthy, the sauce was loaded with onions. I did not mind, especially as the onions had clearly been properly blanched before going in the sauce, but if you don;t like onions in your red sauce, be forewarned,

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                    phatchris RE: chefematician Aug 20, 2010 07:22 AM

                    The "special" chicken parm at Dino's in the North End is finished in the oven.

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                      twentyoystahs RE: phatchris Oct 7, 2010 05:52 PM

                      I have also heard Dino's is good, not sure if I've ever tried it though. It's tough for me to veer away from my usual spot when the mood hits.

                    2. CreativeFoodie42 RE: chefematician Aug 20, 2010 08:04 AM

                      Nino's Pizza on Charles Street in Beacon Hill does this and I totally agree that it makes the chicken parm just right!

                      Nino's Pizza
                      79 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

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                        blink617 RE: chefematician Aug 27, 2010 09:20 AM

                        Leone's Pizza on Broadway in Winter Hill makes a good chicken parm sub. Not sure if they routinely throw it in the oven for you, but the ovens are on for pizza all day so they'll probably do it if you ask.

                        1. CapeCodGuy RE: chefematician Oct 6, 2010 11:33 AM

                          I am sitting in victor's enjoying a superb veal Parma sub as I write this
                          When I ordered I said, Can I get that toasted? The response? Sure!

                          Moral of the story? It never hurts to ask!

                          1. lipoff RE: chefematician Oct 6, 2010 03:48 PM

                            I would definitely ask --- if they have an oven, I suspect they would toast it! But Pinocchio's in Harvard Square would be my first thought.

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                              Libbypizza RE: chefematician Oct 7, 2010 02:04 PM

                              I worked at a pizza place for 4+ years, and as a rule we always toasted the chicken parm....in fact, not toasting a chicken parm seems to negate the parmyness of the chicken. This whole topic is quite a suprise to me!

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