14 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.

Chicken parm at Trattoria Carina | Photo by Michael Persico

Updated: 12/22/20

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.

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.

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Phil.eat.delphia (@phil.eat.delphia)

Mangia Macaroni, Spring Garden 
Mangia Macaroni serves up all kinds of parmesan: chicken parm, eggplant parm and veal parm. They all come in huge servings over pasta.

L’Angolo RistoranteSouth Philly 
Sometimes you just need an old-school South Philly spot to fry you up a gigantic cutlet, smother it in cheese and sauce, and serve it to you with that delightful Italian-American service. L’Angolo is the perfect spot for that.

Villa di RomaBella Vista
Get a classic take on chicken parmigiana from this Italian Market stalwart, which serves its saucy, cheesy cutlets over spaghetti.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Did you know we offer classic Ralph’s dishes on #squarepie #pizza and #sandwiches on @caviar as Ralph’s Square Pie?? #chickenparm on @sarcones_bakery delivered to your doorstep!

A post shared by Ralph’s Italian Restaurant (@ralphsitalrest) on

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, Fitler Square
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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Drunk Cutlet – Our Fresh Chicken Cutlets, sauteed Baby Spinach, Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta smothered in our Vodka Blush sauce and shaved parmesan on a @sarcones_bakery seed loaf. #BeAboutIt

A post shared by Angelo’s Pizzeria (@angelos_pizzeria_south_philly) on

Angelo’s Pizzeria, Bella Vista
The pizza spot gets 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. The menu is currently limited, but they’re sometimes offering cutlet sandwiches as specials, so keep an eye out.

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Chicken Parm with a side of ziti — always a good idea!💡

A post shared by Trattoria Carina (@trattoriacarina) on

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.

Pizza Plus, East Passyunk
The chicken parm sandwich made with chicken tenders. For the teenage stoner in all of us.