Grandma, if you’re reading this right now, put the paper down: The chicken Parmesan at Ovvio Osteria (2727 Merrilee Drive, Merrifield, Va.) gives yours a run for your money.
Chef Chris Watson (formerly of Brabo) opened his buzzing trattoria in Halstead Square back in August with a concentration on unadulterated Italian flavors.
In addition to entrees like roasted pumpkin ravioli and weekend brunch offerings such as pork Milanese Benedict, Ovvio Osteria recently added a “quickie lunch” option (Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dine-in only), where for $12 you can select two hearty courses from a rotating menu — often including the chicken Parmesan sandwich.
Watson’s chicken breast filet is crusted in breadcrumbs and cooked to a proper crunch, then topped with freshly made tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s served on house-made focaccia with an arugula side salad.
If the sandwich is not available, the classic minestrone soup, the wild mushroom risotto or a sweet Italian sausage pizza will do in its place. But if it is available, I’d recommend ordering two.