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The chicken parm sub at Big Daddy’s in Brighton
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Where to Eat Chicken Parm Sandwiches in Boston

Start in the North End, of course

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The chicken parm sub at Big Daddy’s in Brighton
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There are few dishes more quintessentially red sauce Italian-American than chicken parmesan. And while ziti and spaghetti and fettuccine and all the other pasta shapes are great, there’s really no better way to eat chicken parmesan than on a roll or stuffed between two slices of bread.

Boston’s got the North End, which features a number of exemplary versions of this perfect marriage of sauce, carbs, fried food, and gooey cheese. It’s the most obvious point of entry for anyone looking for a good chicken parmesan sandwich. But the North End doesn’t hold the patent; there are plenty of great chicken parmesan sandwiches outside of the North End.

Here’s where to eat a dozen of the best in the area.

Please note that a number of Boston-area restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

This map was originally published on March 15, 2018; it is updated occasionally, with the date of the most recent update appearing above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dino's Cafe

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141 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-1991
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Dino’s has got some very worthy spaghetti and meatballs, but the real draw is its massive subs — and especially the massive chicken parm sub. The restaurant also serves a grilled version.

Dino’s is currently open for takeout and delivery.

2. Artú

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6 Prince St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-4336
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Artú recently lost its 25-year-old Beacon Hill location to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the original in the North End is going strong, and it’s a solid choice for lunch, especially the chicken parmesan panino. It’s a little different than most sandwiches on this list in that it’s not served on a sub roll, but it’s just as delicious.

Artú is open for takeout and delivery.

3. Big Daddy's Pizza & Steak Subs

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436 Western Ave
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 787-1080
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Warning: The chicken parm sub from Big Daddy’s is pretty messy. True to the restaurant’s name, it’s also big. Also worth ordering from Big Daddy’s: the steak and cheese sub.

Big Daddy’s is open for takeout and delivery (through its own website and Grubhub).

big daddy’s chicken parm
It’s a little messy, but it’s very good
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4. Florina Pizzeria & Paninoteca

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16 Derne St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 936-4494
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Florina is best known for its massive (and delicious) slices of New York-style pizza — the classic pepperoni is the play — but its chicken parm sub, which is topped with piquant tomato sauce and a melty combination of provolone and pecorino, is hard to beat.

Florina is open for takeout and delivery via its own website and delivery via Caviar. There are also a few tables set up outside.

Overhead view of a chicken parm sub on a toasted roll. It’s served on white paper, messy with tomato sauce.
The chicken parm sub at Florina
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5. Al's State Street Cafe

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112 State St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 720-5555
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Al’s — which also has locations on South Street, in the Seaport District, and in Cambridge’s Tech Square — is a standby. There are a lot of choices, but it’s easy: Get the chicken parmesan sub, which features grilled tenders.

Al’s is open for takeout and delivery.

6. Casa Razdora

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115 Water St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 338-6700
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Casa Razdora has piadina, wrapped flatbread sandwiches typical of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. This is something of a small miracle because hardly anyone in the states knows what the stuff is, let alone serves it at their restaurant. While trying the piadina is crucial, so too is going to Razdora to get the chicken parm panino. It’s listed as a daily special, but it’s available most of the time — just not on Thursdays at the Water Street location. Casa Razdora has a second location at 176 Federal St.; neither is open on weekends.

Casa Razdora is open for takeout and delivery.

7. Sam LaGrassa's

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44 Province St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 357-6861
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Not much can be said about LaGrassa’s that hasn’t already been said. It’s probably Boston’s most famous sandwich shop, and it’s that way for a reason: It makes good (and giant) sandwiches. Yes, that includes the chicken parm.

Sam LaGrassa’s is open for takeout and delivery.

A sesame-studded bun loaded with chicken parmesan cut diagonally
LaGrassa’s chicken parm
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8. La Befana Pizzeria

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15 N Beacon St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 987-0086
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La Befana’s pizza is great (and it’s a true slice joint, which is rare in this mostly slice joint-barren city), and so too is the chicken parm sandwich. Get some french fries on the side — crispy exterior, pillowy interior, perfect — and some garlic bread knots, too.

La Befana is open for takeout and delivery via its own website and delivery via Grubhub.

9. Viga

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140 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 991-1560
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Viga is part catering company and part lunch spot. (Note: It has two other locations in Downtown — one on Devonshire Street and another on Washington Street — though the Devonshire Street location is currently closed.) Its chicken parm is an elevated version of high school awards banquet hotel pan chicken parm — which is to say, it’s exactly what chicken parm should be.

Viga is open for takeout and delivery via its own website, Caviar, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. The Clarendon and Pi Alley locations are open weekdays only.

10. Tasty Burger

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1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 303-2152
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Tasty Burger makes some of the best burgers in the city of Boston. Its “Chicky Chicky Parm Parm” — which is topped with fried mozzarella and melty mozzarella — is one of the best chicken parm sandwiches around, too. The mini chain operates four other locations in and around Boston.

Tasty Burger is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A fried chicken sandwich topped with tomato sauce, fried mozzarella, and melty mozzarella
The “Chicky Chicky Parm Parm” from Tasty Burger
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11. Anchovies

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433 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-5088
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Anchovies looks as though it should have been featured in at least one scene in Goodfellas. Under normal circumstances, it’s an excellent place to get drunk and eat mussels. Anchovies is closed for indoor dining at the moment, so for now it functions as an excellent spot for a chicken parm sub to go.

Anchovies is open for takeout.

12. Pleasant Cafe

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4515 Washington St
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 323-2111
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It’s kind of a hike to get to Roslindale from other parts of the city, but the food (and, yes, the chicken parm sandwich) at Pleasant Cafe is worth the trip. It also might have the most beautiful facade in the city. Get a mushroom and onion pizza — the onions are shaved impossibly thin, which is how onions should be on a pizza — while you’re at it.

Pleasant Cafe is open for takeout.

1. Dino's Cafe

141 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

Dino’s has got some very worthy spaghetti and meatballs, but the real draw is its massive subs — and especially the massive chicken parm sub. The restaurant also serves a grilled version.

Dino’s is currently open for takeout and delivery.

141 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

2. Artú

6 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113

Artú recently lost its 25-year-old Beacon Hill location to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the original in the North End is going strong, and it’s a solid choice for lunch, especially the chicken parmesan panino. It’s a little different than most sandwiches on this list in that it’s not served on a sub roll, but it’s just as delicious.

Artú is open for takeout and delivery.

6 Prince St
Boston, MA 02113

3. Big Daddy's Pizza & Steak Subs

436 Western Ave, Brighton, MA 02135
big daddy’s chicken parm
It’s a little messy, but it’s very good
Terrence B. Doyle for Eater

Warning: The chicken parm sub from Big Daddy’s is pretty messy. True to the restaurant’s name, it’s also big. Also worth ordering from Big Daddy’s: the steak and cheese sub.

Big Daddy’s is open for takeout and delivery (through its own website and Grubhub).

436 Western Ave
Brighton, MA 02135

4. Florina Pizzeria & Paninoteca

16 Derne St, Boston, MA 02114
Overhead view of a chicken parm sub on a toasted roll. It’s served on white paper, messy with tomato sauce.
The chicken parm sub at Florina
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Florina is best known for its massive (and delicious) slices of New York-style pizza — the classic pepperoni is the play — but its chicken parm sub, which is topped with piquant tomato sauce and a melty combination of provolone and pecorino, is hard to beat.

Florina is open for takeout and delivery via its own website and delivery via Caviar. There are also a few tables set up outside.

16 Derne St
Boston, MA 02114

5. Al's State Street Cafe

112 State St, Boston, MA 02109

Al’s — which also has locations on South Street, in the Seaport District, and in Cambridge’s Tech Square — is a standby. There are a lot of choices, but it’s easy: Get the chicken parmesan sub, which features grilled tenders.

Al’s is open for takeout and delivery.

112 State St
Boston, MA 02109

6. Casa Razdora

115 Water St, Boston, MA 02109

Casa Razdora has piadina, wrapped flatbread sandwiches typical of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. This is something of a small miracle because hardly anyone in the states knows what the stuff is, let alone serves it at their restaurant. While trying the piadina is crucial, so too is going to Razdora to get the chicken parm panino. It’s listed as a daily special, but it’s available most of the time — just not on Thursdays at the Water Street location. Casa Razdora has a second location at 176 Federal St.; neither is open on weekends.

Casa Razdora is open for takeout and delivery.

115 Water St
Boston, MA 02109

7. Sam LaGrassa's

44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108
A sesame-studded bun loaded with chicken parmesan cut diagonally
LaGrassa’s chicken parm
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Not much can be said about LaGrassa’s that hasn’t already been said. It’s probably Boston’s most famous sandwich shop, and it’s that way for a reason: It makes good (and giant) sandwiches. Yes, that includes the chicken parm.

Sam LaGrassa’s is open for takeout and delivery.

44 Province St
Boston, MA 02108

8. La Befana Pizzeria

15 N Beacon St, Boston, MA 02134

La Befana’s pizza is great (and it’s a true slice joint, which is rare in this mostly slice joint-barren city), and so too is the chicken parm sandwich. Get some french fries on the side — crispy exterior, pillowy interior, perfect — and some garlic bread knots, too.

La Befana is open for takeout and delivery via its own website and delivery via Grubhub.

15 N Beacon St
Boston, MA 02134

9. Viga

140 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

Viga is part catering company and part lunch spot. (Note: It has two other locations in Downtown — one on Devonshire Street and another on Washington Street — though the Devonshire Street location is currently closed.) Its chicken parm is an elevated version of high school awards banquet hotel pan chicken parm — which is to say, it’s exactly what chicken parm should be.

Viga is open for takeout and delivery via its own website, Caviar, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. The Clarendon and Pi Alley locations are open weekdays only.

140 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

10. Tasty Burger

1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
A fried chicken sandwich topped with tomato sauce, fried mozzarella, and melty mozzarella
The “Chicky Chicky Parm Parm” from Tasty Burger
Tasty Burger/Official Website

Tasty Burger makes some of the best burgers in the city of Boston. Its “Chicky Chicky Parm Parm” — which is topped with fried mozzarella and melty mozzarella — is one of the best chicken parm sandwiches around, too. The mini chain operates four other locations in and around Boston.

Tasty Burger is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

11. Anchovies

433 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Anchovies looks as though it should have been featured in at least one scene in Goodfellas. Under normal circumstances, it’s an excellent place to get drunk and eat mussels. Anchovies is closed for indoor dining at the moment, so for now it functions as an excellent spot for a chicken parm sub to go.

Anchovies is open for takeout.

433 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

12. Pleasant Cafe

4515 Washington St, Roslindale, MA 02131

It’s kind of a hike to get to Roslindale from other parts of the city, but the food (and, yes, the chicken parm sandwich) at Pleasant Cafe is worth the trip. It also might have the most beautiful facade in the city. Get a mushroom and onion pizza — the onions are shaved impossibly thin, which is how onions should be on a pizza — while you’re at it.

Pleasant Cafe is open for takeout.

4515 Washington St
Roslindale, MA 02131

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