So listen, this body wasn’t built on vegan kale wraps. It was built on yummy and breaded wonders like chicken parmigiana. There are not a lot of finer things in life than a chicken cutlet pounded thin and breaded and served in just the amount of red sauce over noodles. I’ve become quite the chicken parm expert over the years and partaken in quite a few chicken parmesans, so without further ado here’s my very scientific take on Atlanta’s very best chicken parm dishes, in alphabetical order.
You want a hidden gem? Here’s one. Amalfi in Buckhead delivers maybe my favorite chicken sandwich in the city. This chicken parmigiana forgoes the red sauce and the traditional fixings to focus on fried chicken cutlets in an insanely tasty pesto sauce on the crispiest Italian rolls you will find. Don’t forget about their ridiculous creation, the “gelato bomb” for dessert.
2. Cibo E Beve
1099 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Here’s some key advice: get Antico pizza as your appetizer, and then make your main course the Gio’s Chicken chicken parmigiana. Which like everything in the Chef Diovanni stable utilizes top notch classic ingredients and is made with love.
4. La Grotta
Nothing defines old school Atlanta or old school chicken parmigiana like La Grotta. Hidden in an apartment complex on Peachtree, La Grotta has delivered four generations of this incredibly tasty dish.
When I need a quick fix of a great pasta and a chicken parm, I head to the Roswell Rd location where me and the family have devoured their savory chicken parmigiana and fresh pastas for years. You can’t go wrong really with anything on the menu, and their carbonara is one of the finest in town.
500 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
There may not be a finer Italian chef in the city than Chef Piero Premoli at Pricci in Buckhead. His chicken parmigiana oozes the perfect combination of tomato sauce and decadent mozzarella cheese. But if you want to go next level, the veal chop parmesan might be the most savory and delicious dish in the city.
BONUS! The Veal Parm at Marcel
While we’re on the conversation about parmigiana, if that’s the flavors you crave, the veal parmesan at Marcel will simply blow your mind. The San Marzano tomatoes, the incredibly rich sauce, and the perfectly pounded veal creates a $50 “next level” dish that is worth every bite.