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Chicken Parmesan Oakland/East Bay

Pcass Jul 12, 2011 08:51 PM

I'm looking for really good chicken parmesan - nice and crispy with lots of cheese. I prefer the Oakland/Berkeley area. Anyone have suggestions?

  1. mariacarmen Mar 3, 2012 08:26 PM

    very, extremely meh. almost flavorless meat sauce, teensy meatballs were nothing to write home about, bland minestrone, not enough goat cheese and beets in the beet salad (mostly arugula), piccata was super lemony but lacked salt. one of us ordered the chicken parmesan - she liked it, i thought it was awful. i'm amazed people call this place a gem. $100 for 4 of us, and you order at the counter. Caffe Venezia for sure next time.

    4 Replies
    1. re: mariacarmen
      hyperbowler Mar 3, 2012 10:31 PM

      Which place was bad?

      1. re: hyperbowler
        mariacarmen Mar 3, 2012 10:51 PM

        oh, sorry. Luca Cucina Italiana

      2. re: mariacarmen
        Robert Lauriston Mar 4, 2012 09:59 AM

        Give Divino a try. Prices like Luca but the food's as good or better than Venezia (though neither does chicken parmigiana).


        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          mariacarmen Mar 5, 2012 08:00 AM

          we would have gone to Divino, i did see that thread, but my 83-year-old father doesn't think it's italian unless they serve spaghetti and meatballs, and that's what he was craving. so, another time when he's not dining with us.

      3. myst Aug 5, 2011 09:32 AM

        I like the one at Pasta Pomodoro. I rarely order it myself, but I've tasty it and the cheese has always been very crisp (and lots of it....).

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          chocolatetartguy Aug 4, 2011 02:29 PM

          Just went to the new Berkeley branch for lunch. My chicken parm was not crispy and didn't seem to have a lot of cheese, but overall it was quite the tasty sandwich. It appeared that I had an entire small half breast. The sauce had some zip to it and the bread stood up to the sauce but was not hard. In all the times I went to NYC, I never had a sub there. So not sure what to expect, but Uncle Dougie's was good enough that I will definitely go back. The amount of chicken made this sandwich a good deal.

          Also sampled the Italian meatloaf and the eggplant parm. I think I liked the Italian meatloaf best of all. Uncle said it was really meatball cooked as a loaf. I'll have that next time. I never eat eggplant parm, but I thought that the sauce overwhelmed it.

          Uncle Dougie's
          2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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          1. re: chocolatetartguy
            Pius Avocado III Aug 4, 2011 04:07 PM

            Don't say "sub" around Dougie, or do- his reaction could be entertaining...

            1. re: Pius Avocado III
              artychokeasana Aug 5, 2011 09:22 AM

              does he prefer hoagie, grinder, wedge?

              1. re: artychokeasana
                drewskiSF Aug 5, 2011 09:27 AM

                New York Style Italian Heroes

            2. re: chocolatetartguy
              majordanby Aug 4, 2011 07:14 PM

              same hours as the oakland shop?

              1. re: majordanby
                Constant Velocity Jan 31, 2012 10:49 AM

                I'm bumping this question up because it was never answered and I have been completely flummoxed in my attempts to catch this place when it's open or even to understand the hours posted in the window, which seem to list two different closing times for every day of the week. Are they lunch only? Is that the deal?

                1. re: Constant Velocity
                  chompy Jan 31, 2012 02:03 PM

                  Were you trying to go to the Berkeley location? From the Places link above, it appears that the Oakland location has closed, and Uncle Dougie's website isn't working. So maybe both shops have closed. Did you try calling?

                  1. re: chompy
                    Constant Velocity Jan 31, 2012 02:36 PM

                    Somewhat hilariously, it had not even occurred to me to call. I just did, so I can answer my own question: 11-7.

                    I was so out of practice with using the phone that I forgot to ask which days this applied to. I thought I'd been there around 6:30 and found it closed. I'll try again.

                    1. re: Constant Velocity
                      Robert Lauriston Jan 31, 2012 03:06 PM

                      I wouldn't be surprised if they closed early or took some days off when UC was on break.

                      1. re: Constant Velocity
                        drewskiSF Feb 6, 2012 10:36 AM

                        11-7, Monday - Saturday

                    2. re: Constant Velocity
                      oniontears Feb 6, 2012 07:14 PM

                      For those that want to try the Uncle Dougie's chix parm hero and save some cash: http://munchonme.com/dish/425
                      Those pictures would benefit from melted cheese :-
                      )Note: unlike other groupon-esque sites, the valid-til date tends to be less generous.

                2. wolfe Jul 13, 2011 02:22 PM

                  Uncle Dougies Heros.

                  Uncle Dougie's
                  362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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                  1. re: wolfe
                    Windy Jul 13, 2011 03:33 PM

                    Uncle Dougie's all the way. Eggplant parmesan is great too.

                    Uncle Dougie's
                    362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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                    ernie in berkeley Jul 13, 2011 01:59 PM

                    You might try Luca on San Pablo in Berkeley, but you'll probably want more cheese on it than the default. The sauce is excellent.

                    Luca Cucina Italiana
                    2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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