13 Places to Get Great Chicken Parm in Philadelphia
Whether served over spaghetti or sandwiched in a crusty hoagie roll, this crispy, saucy Italian delicacy is one of our favorites. Here's where to find it in Philly.
It’s no secret that Philly knows how to do Italian, whether contemporary preparations featuring handmade pasta or old-school, red gravy comfort fare. But there’s one dish in the latter category that we find ourselves daydreaming about: a tender chicken cutlet, pounded thin, breaded and fried until golden and crisp, then smothered in sauce and mozzarella and baked till bubbly. Get it sandwiched in a crusty, fresh-baked roll when you’re running around, or served over your favorite pasta when you’ve got time to sit and savor. Here are our favorite places to eat chicken parm in Philadelphia.
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With Giuseppe & Sons, Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari set out to recreate the perfect South Philly Italian experience in Center City — but they may have succeeded *too* well. 🍝 Hit the link in bio to read our critic’s review (and learn more about this chicken parm). 📷: @persicophoto
Giuseppe & Sons, Center City
Schulson Collective’s latest is an upscale, old-school homage to South Philly Italian fare. And their chicken parm is a showstopper, with cutlets pounded thin, breaded to order, and smothered with sauce and bubbly melted mozz. (Get it on a seeded roll during lunchtime.)
Cosmi’s Deli, South Philly
This spot on South 8th Street might be best known for its cheesesteaks (and hoagies), but there are no less than six cutlet-based sandwiches on their menu, including a crispy, saucy, just-right classic chicken parm.
Villa di Roma, Bella Vista
Get a classic take on chicken parmigiana from this Italian Market stalwart, which serves its saucy, cheesy cutlets over spaghetti.
Poe’s Sandwich Joint, Fishtown
The lovable stoners in the walk-up window at Frankford and Marlborough have several breaded chicken-based sandwiches on their menu, but the Mush Man — their take on the classic, topped with house marinara, fresh mozz, and fresh basil — just might be our favorite.
Mr. Joe’s, South Philly
You’d better believe that the hidden-away, daytime-only red gravy icon on which Schulson based Giuseppe & Sons does a solid chicken parm of its own — and like everything else on their menu, it comes with a complementary glass of wine.
Ralph’s, Bella Vista
Of course the longest continually operating Italian restaurant in America serves a solid chicken parm — cheese first, then smothered with red gravy on top.
Cotoletta, Bala Cynwyd
You know a restaurant named after cutlets has to make a fantastic chicken parm — so good, in fact, that we gave them a Best of Philly for it last year.
Angelo’s Pizzeria, Bella Vista
The newly-opened pizza spot has been getting a lot of love for its crisp-yet-pillowy pizzas, but don’t sleep on its chicken cutlet sandwiches, including a classic chicken parm. If you’re looking for an over-the-top version, ask if they’ve got the Drunken Cutlet special, which includes greens, fresh mozz, ricotta, and vodka sauce.
LaScala’s, Washington Square West
This sit-down spot from an Italian immigrant family in the pizza business does a mean chicken parm, served over a heaping helping of linguine with lots of their house red sauce.
Marra’s, East Passyunk
The Avenue’s destination for red gravy Italian serves a classic take chicken parm, with the option to get it alongside spaghetti, veggies, or even ravioli if you’re extra-hungry.
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Trattoria Carina, Fitler Square
While you can always count on Trattoria Carina’s kitchen to show off their contemporary Italian skills, they can throw down on classic dishes, too. Their chicken parm comes covered in brown-blistered buffalo mozzarella, with some saucy, cheesy ziti on the side.
Via Roma, Norristown
This unassuming sports bar-Italian kitchen hybrid on Ridge Pike offers a solid chicken parm, available as a sandwich or served over pasta.
Bomb Bomb, South Philly
Want your chicken parm with pasta and some neighborhood history? Order it at Bomb Bomb and ask your server where the name comes from.
Triangle Tavern, East Passyunk
Want something a little more interesting than house red with your chicken parm? Hi up this resurrected throwback bar just off the Passyunk strip to sip something craftier and more exciting with your crispy, saucy, cheesy chicken.