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Dear Eater ATL,
Where can I find the very best eggplant parm in town for takeout or delivery during the quarantine?
The shelter-in-place cravings are real right now, and finding highly specific dishes like eggplant parmesan for takeout can prove challenging. Much like a lasagna, this comforting Italian bake comprises of layers of sliced, breaded eggplant between layers of tomato sauce, basil, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. It’s a true Italian classic, and typically found on the menu at every red sauce joint or pizzeria in town.
Some would argue the undisputed king of eggplant parmesan in Atlanta is undoubtedly Scalini’s in Smyrna. The now legendary dish is said to induce labor in expectant mothers past their due dates, who travel from around the metro area to consume this eggplant parm’s magical powers. The secret’s in the sauce — or so they say. Scalini’s claims the dish has a success rate of nearly 1,000 moms to be. Sadly, this eggplant parmesan will have to wait, as the restaurant is currently closed due to COVID-19.
But, Eater did find a handful of Atlanta area restaurants offering the classic eggplant parmesan for takeout. Here’s where to find some of the best versions of the dish for pick-up or delivery.
Table & Main - Osteria Mattone - Coalition Food and Beverage in Roswell
The combined takeout menu from these three OTP restaurants blends Southern comfort, Old World Italian, and neighborhood bistro together. The eggplant parmesan comes served with tagliolini pasta and a tomato-cucumber salad, and is found on the “Family Meals” section of the menu.
“We chose this dish because it became very clear early on that people wanted comfort food,” says owner Ryan Pernice. “Entrees like fried chicken, pot roast, and eggplant parmesan make us feel safe...like everything will be OK.”
Call 678-878-3378 or 678-869-5178, or email email@example.com to order for pick-up at Osteria Mattone on Canton Street. Also available for delivery via DoorDash under Osteria Mattone.
Varuni Napoli in Midtown
Owner Luca Varuni may be known for his Neapolitan pizzas, but don’t skip the eggplant parm here. The dish is only available at the Midtown location on Monroe Drive. Listed under the “Starters” section of the menu, this eggplant parmesan is great as a single portion. It comes with a side of toasted ciabatta bread for sopping up that tomato sauce.
Casseroles in Morningside
The eggplant parmesan is so popular at take-and-bake shop Casseroles in Morningside, it often sells out. Eggplant is first coated in Panko bread crumbs, then layered between parmesan, mozzarella, marinara sauce, and fresh basil and oregano. Simply reheat the dish at home to feed a family of four. Call 404-228-3260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order for pick-up or limited delivery.
Avellino’s in Decatur and Brookhaven
Bambinelli’s at Northlake, Roswell, Lilburn
This family-owned Italian restaurant is named for the family matriarch, whose parents hailed from Torino, Italy. This is old school Italian built around family memories and recipes handed down from generation to generation. Listed under “Italian Specialties”, Bambinelli’s eggplant parmigiana features lightly battered eggplant simmered in red sauce, and topped with mozzarella cheese. It’s served with a side of pasta marinara. Call or order online for pick-up. Make sure to throw in a cannoli or two for dessert.
Want to make restaurant quality eggplant parmesan at home? Eater hit up Lyla Lila pasta wizard and chef, Craig Richards, for his recipe.
- 3 medium eggplants; striped (peeled, except for a few strips of skin left)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 TBSP dried oregano
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Store-bought marinara sauce (Rao’s is great)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella (not fresh mozzarella)
- 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Prepping the Eggplant
Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds. Salt generously, and let the moisture weep for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Set up a dredging station with flour, beaten egg, and Panko bread crumbs in three separate bowls. Add oregano to bread crumb bowls and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
Dredge both sides of eggplant in flour, egg wash, and bread crumbs.
Heat EVOO over medium high heat, add eggplant, and pan fry till golden brown on each side. Continue with all eggplant.
Once fried, drain on a paper towel.
Compiling the Dish
Pour 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Place one layer of eggplant and cover with 1/2 cup of sauce. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella and a TBSP of pecorino on top of the eggplant. Add another layer of eggplant, and repeat with sauce and cheese. Repeat the process till the baking dish is filled.
Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until golden. Top with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
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