A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Parm at Grand Appetito
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.
In last week's visitor's guide to eating in Chinatown and Little Italy, a small but vocal minority disagreed with my pick of Parm as the go-to spot for a visitor to get a chicken parm hero. I stand by my stance, and I don't think that plunking down $12 for lunch one day as a tourist is asking too much, but I'll admit that it goes above my everyday chicken parm reservation price.
So if you're looking for a Little Italy parm that's more affordable (and way more gutbusting), consider Grand Appetito, a pizza and sandwich joint on Grand, instead. The chicken parm hero there is $8 for a foot of sandwich, and it falls firmly into the category of "better than I expected from an alright slice joint" foodstuffs.
The chicken cutlets (two per sandwich) are sauced and individually mozzed, then kept warm in a steam table while they await assembly. They're incredibly moist and tender, much more so than most parms, and come dressed in a tomato sauce that's just on the right side of too salty. Take the hero any real distance and it softens fast, the fluffy crumb of the bread taking on more than its weight in sauce. I don't mind this, because the idea of chicken parm bread pudding on a hero sounds like my kind of a good time; it's up to you to decide if you agree.