If you’ve ever felt the desire to eat a 14-inch slab of chicken Parm with your hands, NYC’s Quality Italian has precisely the entree for you. The Italian-American eatery in Midtown is famous for its chicken Parm pizza -- which comes with a crust made entirely of fried chicken. “Pizza is the ultimate comfort food” says Quality Italian Chef Angie Rito, “and so is chicken Parm -- and we’ve kind of merged the two.” By way of Italian eats, the hefty two-fold dish leaves little to be desired.
Rito and her husband, both from Italian-American families, originally intended the pizza look-alike as a chicken parm for two, until they came upon the dual dish. The chicken Parm pizza quickly became one of Quality Italian’s top sellers. On a standard night, the kitchen will serve up to 80 “pies” -- though it’s not hard to imagine why sauce-and-cheese-topped chicken cutlet is an overwhelming crowd pleaser. “It’s more fun to eat than your everyday chicken Parm,” Rito says.