Where Do I Find Giardiniera? My Beef needs It! (up-dated)
Stopping for a Bite Turned Into Weekly Jaunt.
My husband and I lived about 40 miles from where we worked in Chicago proper, and from time to time we would stop to visit my brother and his family who lived in Glendale Heights at that time.
And, we would occasionally stop at Portillo’s for an Italian Beef Sandwich, they were located in Addison, Illinois. One particular day we drove right past Portillo’s then decided we had a taste for an Italian beef sandwich, but not wanting to backtrack we decided to settle for a hot dog and fries, and we stopped at 'Tommy’s Red Hots' which was close to where my brother lived.
When we went to Tommy’s there was such a long line, it was out the door of a little hole in the wall. Inside the isle was narrow with a row of bar stools at a bar against the wall on the other side the first counter was chin high on me and as the line moved on inside, the second counter was about waist high. The smell was intoxicating.
The Customer In Front of Us Ordered an Italian Beef Sandwich.
When the customer in front of us ordered an Italian beef, hubby and I looked at each other, and when we saw the size of the sandwich, we ordered only one and had it cut in two.
We were asked what kind of condiments we wanted and we chose ‘Hot Giardiniera.’The price was less than where we had been buying our sandwiches.
From that day forward we would stop at least once a week at ‘Tommy’s Red Hots.’ Tommy’s specialties is hot dogs, but they also sell ‘Italian Beef’ sandwiches.
This had to be the most mouth watering, tasty, juicy beef, I ever put in my mouth. Then I realized it was not just the beef, but the juice (gravy) and the Giardiniera.
What Is An Italian Beef?
What is an Italian beef? If you take the most-tender cut of beef in the delicatessen and have it sliced very thin. Of course the sauce/gravy has a taste all its own, that I have tried to match without success. The closest I came was when I used a can of Campbell's French Onion Soup, heated to boiling and removed from the stove and the beef dropped down into the soup (about a half pound)
The slices of beef piled high inside crusty French bread, Here, the bread is called "Baguette" – crusty on the outside and soft inside, and you must have it (joozie) juicy, topped off with cooked green bell peppers or ‘Hot Giardiniera.’
When we moved here to the Dallas area we searched everywhere for Italian Beef and gravy without success. But for birthdays and Christmas, our son Kevin ships us Italian Beef with gravy and a jar of ‘Marconi’s Hot Giardiniera.’ Oh my, the Giardiniera did not last long enough.
Have you ever had a True Italian Beef?
What Is Giardiniera?
Fresh jalapeno pepper slices ◊ Diced Celery stalk ◊ Diced green bell peppers ◊Diced red bell peppers ◊ Diced carrots ◊ Cauliflower florets ◊ Chopped onion ◊ Chopped garlic ◊ Red Pepper flakes ◊ Black Pepper flakes ◊ Dried oregano ◊ Salt ◊ White vinegar ◊ Olive oil ◊ Water. And then when mixed together – fantastic.
We always loved Giardiniera on Beef, but the last jar Kevin sent for hubby’s birthday, was so good that I had to have more and I went online to see if I could order it. I found Marconi’s number and called. What a pleasant surprise, ‘Cost Plus-World Market carries Marconi’s Giardiniera, less than a mile from our house.
This hub turned out to be a review of Marconi's Giardiniera and Tommy's Red Hots!
If you have ever had an Italian Beef Sandwich, leave a message and tell me what you think.
If you never had an ‘Italian Beef Sandwich’ you don’t know what you are missing, but leave a message anyway.
If you know how to make Good Chicago Style Italian Beef, leave a message at the bottom, or put it in a hub.
Cost Plus - World Market closing
Recently I heard on the radio ‘Cost Plus-World Market Closing.' No, No, No. I told hubby World Market is closing, now where do we find Giardiniera?
Later in the day we went to Lowes and when driving past World Market, I saw the store front, with no name and it was empty. I was really up-set and told Hubby that was World Market, they are gone. It was forgotten with the other problems of the day.
Then the package arrived, Kevin sent Italian beef, gravy, peppers, French bread, and Giardiniera. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kevin.
That reminded Hubby to call to find out if all the World Markets were closing. Hubby called the store in Plano, and they told him that only the stores in Denton and McKinney closed and gave him the phone number for the one near our home.
When Hubby called the number he was so happy when the sweet girl that answered told him they are still there and they have a lot of Giardiniera.
© 2013 Shyron E Shenko