Where’s the Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwich? I never realized growing up in Chicago was such a privilege until I began surfing the net and found out that a good portion of the rest of the country had been deprived of tasting a Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwich. I assumed every State and every city in America had a favorite beef stand lurking somewhere in their neighborhoods.
There is a tremendous amount of people out there who never experienced the wonderful taste of thin sliced beef packed on top of a fresh piece of Gonnella bread soaked with gravy and topped with sweet peppers or hot giardiniera.
Outside of a handful of displaced Chicagoans who moved out of the city to open a Chicago-Style Italian Beef joint, there really isn’t anywhere for anybody to truly enjoy a beef sandwich except in Chicago. One time I even had to ship Serrelli Street beef to Arizona when I found out my Aunt and Uncle haven’t eaten a beef sandwich in five years. Nobody should go that long without eating a beef sandwich.
Luckily, a few of our favorite Chicago-Style Italian Beef purveyors are franchising throughout the country. “Portillo’s” has opened 2 locations in Southern California and “Al’s Beef “already has 20 stores throughout the Chicago area and hopes to have 100 to 150 stores within the next five years. Eventually everybody throughout the country will be able to enjoy this sandwich that I’ve taken for granted for so many years.
Now let’s discuss Chicago. Like the pizza war between Chicago and New York, Chicago is suffering a long embattled a civil war regarding who has the best Chicago-Style Italian Beef and who originated the sandwich.
Scala Packing Company maintains that it’s founder Pasquale Scala created the sandwich back around 1925. Though the packing company was established in 1925 it is still debatable as to when the beef sandwich was created. While it’s true Scala supplies the beef to around 90% of the beef stands and restaurants in and around Chicago, Al’s #1 Beef, which began on Taylor Street in 1938, claims their family originated the sandwich.
As far as the best Chicago-Style Italian Beef sandwich is concerned I guess that’s up to where you were raised. I was born on the Southside of the city and grew up with Al’s. People that were raised in the North or Northwest area of the city seem to prefer Carm’s or Johnnie’s, Portillo’s is always a favorite anywhere.
So now that I’ve made you nice and hungry for our famous Chicago-Style Italian Beef sandwich let me give you my version that I cook at home for my family. It’s tasty and delicious and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
i am trying to break your heart and break your heart i will if you eat these sick and wrong, but oh so delicious easy cheese filled, bacon-wrapped, deep friend hot dogs. link has all the directions and various staged photos that make you feel fatter just looking at them.
it's not like i'm trying to get fat or die, i actually really enjoy healthy eating. but once in a while something like this comes around and you have to throw caution and good sense to the wind.
this looks like serious fun out on the playa. i might do veggie dogs with soy bacon for my vegetarian camp mates....MUAH!!!!