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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.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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)
212-966-4494

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.

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