A Sandwich a Day: Eggplant Parmigiana Roll at Famous Ben's Pizza
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Sometimes you walk into your favorite slice joint and, faced with the sheer number of options, become paralyzed, and your interior dialogue becomes muddled: do I want plain? Pepperoni? A Grandma slice? That crazy-looking fried chicken strip and jalapeño creation over there by the register? Maybe I don't want pizza at all, but a calzone or even a hero? Never fear: in times like these, Famous Ben's Pizza has got you covered: not only do they offer a selection of gut-busting heroes, but they also have a selection of "rolls," which are definitely not as dainty as the name might indicate.
The roll isn't actually round; it's comprised of two large square slabs of dough which are thick and on the soft side. The Eggplant Parmigiana version ($6.50) is loaded soft, tender eggplant, which is cooked appropriately but is a bit too oily and tends toward the bland. There's tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on there, too, but they both get a bit muted by the heavy eggplant. Is this the best eggplant parmesan sandwich you're ever going to eat? No, but it does have a classic pizza parlor charm, and it's one option that just might save you from Pizza Choice Panic.
Famous Ben's Pizza
177 Spring Street, New York NY 10012 (map)
About the author: Lauren Rothman is a Serious Eats intern, a freelance catering chef, and an obsessive chronicler of all things culinary. Try the original recipes on her blog, For the Love of Food, and follow her on Twitter @Lochina186.