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eggplant or chicken parmigiana sandwich in Chapel Hill area?

I'm pregnant and craving an eggplant parmigiana sandwich (or chicken, if I can't get eggplant). Anyone know where to get a good one in Carrboro or Chapel Hill or Durham? I had one last night from Italian Pizzeria III on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, but it was just OK.

Italian Pizzeria III
508 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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  1. IP3 is the standard for us around here. The chicken parm suffers because (I'm 90% sure) it's frozen chicken. Still, I haven't found one here that matches it.

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    1. re: brokegradstudent

      Have you had the chicken parmesan sandwich at Amante Pizza? It's not available at the Carrboro location, so I haven't gotten out to the Hwy 54 location and tried it yet.

      Amante Pizza
      220 Lake Manor Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    2. Not a *great* version, but Alfredo's in University Mall has them. I really feel like I've seen this on some other menu in the area, and it is driving me slightly nuts trying to think where. I also love eggplant parm sandwiches, so I do tend to notice them. If I think of it, I'll add it to the thread. Good luck.

      1. Pretty sure J&J's does them, though I can't address the quality never having ordered one.

        1. Carmine's in Eastgate has eggplant parm sandwiches on their lunch menu:


          Sal's also has them:


          1. I used to LOVE the chicken and veal parm subs over at Anna Maria's in Carrboro Plaza. Haven't been there in 2+ years but at the time it was definitely one of the best I've had...

            1. How about Lamb Tagine at SandwHich okay just kidding. Does J and J do a chicken or eggplant parm?

              J and J Cafe
              132 Blackburn St, York, SC 29745

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              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                On another thought.. why ruin a dish by adding bread to it.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I agree in principle, but for some reason the parm sandwich is a totally different category of comfort food than its underlying entree form!

                  And, the type/quality of the bread is a big, big part of the package......

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    I would agree that adding bread to lamb tagine is a bad idea...but an eggplant parm sandwich is delicious :)

                    I had one on Franklin St. that was pretty bad, but I can't tell you which restaurant it was. Honestly I find as a semi-frequent visitor to CH (football season) the restaurants on Franklin all kind of blend together....but it was a pizza/pasta kind of place. Actually maybe it was called Pizza and Pasta? I'm not kidding, I think it was. Anyway I wouldn't bother with theirs.

                    1. re: billyjack

                      Probably Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta. Not good.

                2. Both Pulcinella's and Randy's (Woodcroft) do them. Pulcinella's used to be pretty good, in fact -- haven't had one recently though.

                  Pulcinella Restaurant
                  4711 Hope Valley Rd, Durham, NC 27707

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                  1. re: walras

                    Am re-upping this thread as I ate at Italian Pizzeria III last night & to this New Yorker it's a real red sauce Italian find. They are Italian, make their own sauce & the garlic bread, chicken Marsala, Cacciatore & Spaghetti Fra Diavolo were just what we were nostalgic for.

                    Italian Pizzeria III
                    508 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

                    1. re: Rory

                      I was just going to suggest the original author here suck it up and make their parm sandwiches at home since after 10 years down here I haven't found one worth buying out. Will be relying on your stated NY credentials and give this IP III place a shot - I am cautiously optimistic! Thanks for the tip.