Is This Chicken Parm the Best that Park Italian Gourmet Has to Offer?
Somehow I’ve worked in midtown for 7+ years and have never tried Park Italian (on 45th btw. 5+6th) until recently. While I wasn’t terribly impressed with their chicken parm, I did notice that awhile back Mr. Brooks promised that “Park Italian will get their day in the sun” and yet here we are 3 years later and Park Italian still hasn’t had an official +/-. Don’t you think it’s time we made that happen?
In Zach’s own words “a Chicken Parm Sub is going to taste good by default. Any sandwich that consists of fried chicken topped with sauce and cheese is going to have its redeeming qualities.” My chicken parm from Park Italian was fine. Nothing to write home about, but being a late luncher, I did get it later in the day, so it might have been tastier when it was fresher. Still, I recognize that this place has definite potential. The “window dressing” consists of industrial sized jars of actual dressing (mayo, vinegar, mustard, olive oil, pepperoncini etc) and the interior decor looks like it’s been the same for decades. The place has the look of some of the old school Italian restaurants and delis I frequented as a kid growing up in New Haven. Not to mention that the guy behind the counter was reading an Italian language newspaper. All very promising signs in my book.
So Park Italian vets, you tell us, what are their must try dishes? Leave your suggestions in the comments and help Park Italian have their day in the sun at last!
Park Italian, 60 W 45th St (btw. 5+6th), 212-382-0580