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Whether you’re a vegetarian or you’re looking for a different spin on the classic chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan is a quintessential Italian dish in its own right. Some diners will judge a restaurant based entirely on the quality of its eggplant parm, and with good reason. A well-made eggplant parm is crispy, saucy, and eminently satisfying.
Making eggplant parmesan is a true labor of love. The eggplant must be sliced, breaded, fried, layered with sauce and cheese, then baked—sometimes double-baked—when being prepared into a parmesan dish.
So, on those occasions when you’re short on time or want someone else to do the cooking, it’s a good idea to head to a restaurant that knows how to do it right. These popular chains have been getting raves for the way they carefully prepare and serve the hearty vegetable dish. You likely do not live too far from at least one of them.
Buca di Beppo
Eggplant Parmigiana (1 order): 910 cal, 55 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 2930 mg sodium, 67 g carbs (12 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 40 g protein
The portion sizes at Buca di Beppo are gigantic. The popular Italian chain serves its food, from salads to pasta, family-style. Every dish is meant to be shared. That includes the eggplant parmigiana, which comes topped with homemade marinara sauce, Roma tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Order a small to feed two or three people, or a large to feed five. “Our main dish, the eggplant parmigiana, was absolutely delicious!” raved one customer on Tripadvisor. “Some of the