If you call yourself a Chicagoan and fancy yourself a foodie, then you’re no doubt familiar with Chicago’s original Italian beef sandwich from
Buona Beef. If you’re a newcomer and haven’t yet delved into the meaty culture of the Windy City, let me be the one to tell you—this is the sandwich of the century.
More than 30 years ago, Joe Buonavolanto, Sr. took a second mortgage on his home to fund his dream. He dug the foundation for the restaurant himself and launched a business based on the belief that there are no shortcuts to authenticity. Today, Buona has 14 Chicagoland locations. #Merica.
Sticking to their core of family values, the company remains family owned and operated by 5 of the Buonavolanto boys.
True beefologists, the Buonavolantos pride themselves on using top sirloin and keeping every batch 100% natural with no preservatives or additives. Using simple seasonings, the beef is slow cooked for about 8 hours, which produces a gravy that makes other Italian beefs pale in comparison. One bite and you’ll be wondering why we haven’t added a Buona beef sandwich to the Chicago flag yet.
Each sandwich is customizable, but it tastes amazing any which way it comes.
I strongly recommend getting it baptized, but then again, I’m in a long-term relationship, so I have no qualms with all that glorious juice running down my arm.
Not a fan of Italian beef? I personally disapprove, but Buona will still welcome you with open arms and invite you to feast on other made-from-scratch classics such as pastas, paninis, sausage, pizza, hot dogs, salads, hand mixed shakes and more!
Bonus—Buona also has a catering division! They offer just about anything you can think of, including beef by the pound, party packs, buffets, picnics, breakfast and boxed lunches.
If you’re craving a Buona Italian beef, now’s the time to go. They running a variety of beeftastic specials that you won’t want to miss. Get the details on their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
May 30th is National Beef Day at Buona, so celebrate with half off pricing: Click here to see a full list of locations.