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Where Do I Find Giardiniera? My Beef needs It! (up-dated)

Updated on April 14, 2014

Marconi's Giardiniera

Tasty Beef and Hot Giardiniera
Tasty Beef and Hot Giardiniera | Source

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.

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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

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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Anyone who loves spicy and who doesn't know about Giardiniera should be putting it on their list and heading to their nearest World Market Store, or calling that store on the phone to see if they have it in stock. An interesting hub. I wonder if Tommy's Red Hots is still there?

      Voted up, useful & interesting. Will share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait,

      Thank you for reading my hub and leaving a comment. The World Market near my house has 13 jars and, Tommy's Red Hots, is still there and I called them and will give the information to Kev so he can purchase the beef from them, maybe for Christmas.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      So Cool Shyron!

      I really enjoyed reading this. I know my husband loves those hot spicey toppings. This will be great on Tacos tonight. :) Wishing you blessings!

      Voted up and tweet, shared.

      Shalom

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      Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Great to know where people can find and purchase this product! Interesting story about how you came to like it too!

      Voted up, useful, and will share!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jo, I hope you enjoyed Giardiniera on your tacos. Wishing you blessings also and thank you for sharing.

      Shalom

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Aunt Jimi, for the comment and for sharing, I know you can't do the hot stuff but Marconi's also has the mild.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a very helpful hub for people who are searching for this product. Voting it up and useful!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the UU vote.

      God Bless you my Dear Friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting review, Shyron. Unfortunately neither of the stuff is available here. Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Rajan, I am sorry to hear that you are unable to enjoy Italian Beef with Giardiniera. Maybe someday when you come to my country you could visit Chicago, that is where you would find the best beef and I now can purchase Giardiniera less than an mile from where I live in Texas.

      Thank you Rajan for the comment, up-vote and for sharing

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I have never heard of Marconi's Giardiniera but I know my family would like it. I will keep it in mind and try to get some. Voted up, pinned and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      World Markets sells this, I am glad you mentioned it, I am almost out. Will get some more tomorrow.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      I purchase a package of au jus from the deli or I make it from McCormicks package if the store doesn't have the juices and I buy a bottle of Giardinera and put much of it in the juice and boil it. Then I turn the heat off completely and add my thinly sliced or almost shaved Roast Beef...I let the beef sit in the juices for about 10 minutes, stirring it here and there but I don't turn the heat on because that makes it shrivel up too much....I like Prima Della Roast Beef from the deli...Then to make it even more awesome; have it Chicago style by melting mostarella cheese on and adding red gravy and cooked sweet and hot peppers....mmmmmm....mmmmm...good! Now, I want one!!!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Shyron E Shenko thanks for the read it was marvelous. I don't particularly like relish but i do like hot and peppers so i must give this a try by itself since you can eat it out of the jar and i do love anything you can eat from the jar ! Voted up!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Torrilynn, I do hope you enjoy this as much as I do. It goes almost without saying in Italian Beef stands, on beef sandwichs. I think you would be hooked if you tried one.

      Thanks again for the comment and up vote.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Wow! HoneyBB, now you have me wanting one and it is Breakfast time for me. Thank you for your visit and your most welcome comments.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Shyron....I don't eat beef, so the sandwich description didn't make my mouth water. I might enjoy the veggies on a bun without meat, especially if spicy.

      However, you may forgive me when I tell you that I found where you can get Marconi's Giardiniera, either the hot or the mild, by the case at HALF PRICE. Amazon.com--where else? I buy so much from Amazon and recommend that site to so many people, they should have me on their payroll!

      Jaye

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jaye, I love beef, but today I had veggie burger and the Giardiniera would have been fantastic on it.

      I have never bought from Amazon, will have to check it out. But I don't need a case. I appreciate you letting me know.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You don't have to buy a case--you can buy a single jar. I just thought you liked it that much! Ha-ha.

      Jaye

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I do :-D like it that much, and I bought 3 big jars and each one will last about 3 weeks, I have 2 left.

      Hubby loves it also.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Giving this another share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Aunt Jimi for sharing this.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I can see why you really loved this, it sounds absolutely delicious. I must admit that I never knew what jalapeno was before, but now I know the ingredients I am heading out to buy some! lol! and the italian meet with that bread, yum!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Nell, thank you for your comments. It is delicious. Here in Texas folks know what jalapeno peppers are but they don't know what Italian meat is. Italian meat is the way the beef is made (i.e. spices). And I find the closes I can come to the taste of Italian Beef is use Au Jus sprinkled on a roast and roast the cut of meat until well done and sliced thin.

      Italian bread is crusty on the outside and soft inside.

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Very cool! Voted up, useful and pinned! :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Suzanne for the comment, up voted an pinning.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This product could make a good stocking stuffer for someone who likes spicy foods. Voted up, UI, and will share again!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love Italian food, so I find this to sound like some very tasty stuff. I would love to try it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rebecca for your comment. This is one of the things I miss about leaving the Chicago area. It is so good.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the comment and the up votes and the share. You are appreciated.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I love Giardiniera. When I was growing up, my grandmother prepared antipasto plates for my grandfather at dinner every so often. Complete with pepperoni slices, olives, cheese cubes...yummy. I have never tried it on a sandwich, but that sounds amazing!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Brandi, I really appreciate the comment. I like antipasto too. The giardiniera is fantastic on "Italian Beef" sandwiches.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This reminds me that I need to go out and run some errands today if it warms up enough. My windshield is covered with ice and snow. :( At least I didn't have to get out before 6 AM. Schools are closed.

      Voting this up and useful and sharing it again.

      Hope you and John are staying in where it's warm . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, votes and for sharing again.

      John and I stayed in, we went to the wedding Saturday but stayed in all day yesterday, not even to church.

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      Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

      Aldi's sell Giardiniera for a great price and Italian Beef

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Missy Mac, I shop at Aldi's

      I have never seen it there

      I will have to look for it

      Is it Marconi's?

      That even is even tasty on bologna

      I will go there tomorrow

      Oh if only!

      Thank you, Missy Mac for stopping by

      I will sure give it a try.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Missy Mac, our local Aldi's does not have Italian Beef or Giardiniera. What a let down.

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      Rita 3 years ago

      Hi Shy! I thought of yesterday when Joe and I had one. Hope you guys are well, Joe says hey!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Rita, I am soooo jealous that you and Joe had Italian Beefs.

      Say hello to Joe and everyone that we knew up there.

      Blessings to you both

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Really great that you're letting people know where to find this product. It's surprising how many products are only available on the Internet and there are getting to be more. You're lucky to be near an outlet that has one of your favorite products.

      Voted up, AUI, and pinned to AH, sharing.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Shyron and thanks for sharing Au Fait, Yes, I've had such an Italian Beef sand which with all the condiments including the Giardiniera. It was as tasty as you can imagine its deliciousness. Even today, I see the Portillos lines backed up. I like putting Giardiniera peppers in my salad dishes now and many times, soups. I enjoyed reading this as you took me back to some real good eating times.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the comments, votes, pin and sharing.

      I had to let people know where to find Giardiniera. When I was searching for Giardiniera I went to their website and I exchanged e-mail directly with Mr. Marconi. He sent me a personal thank you for recommending his product.

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Word55, thank you for your comment. I am so glad that you had an Italian Beef sandwich so you know what I am talking about.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I'd visit this article again and share it in case somebody is looking for this product. I've noticed that Google doesn't always have the answers.

      Blessings and hugs to you both. I really hope all is well there.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Isn't it great how we get attached to certain foods? This sounds delicious and I'm glad you've been able to find a supply close to home!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      After you find that first jar, save the liquid and stuff more veggies in the jar when it is all eaten. Leave the fresh veggies in the brine, refrigerated for a few days before tasting. Just keep refilling the jar.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      If you think that highly of this kind of food then I would definitely like to try it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      poetryman6969,

      thank you for the comment. I do think a lot of this food and I replied to Mary (tillsontitan) Giardiniera, is an awesome addition to beef, it brings out the flavor, especially in Italian beef, which has a unique flavor of it own. It is a food that has a special taste.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patsybell,

      Thank you so much for the comment. You are so right, the liquid flavors the veggies with just the right taste.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary (tillsontitan),

      Thank you so much for the comment, up-votes and for sharing.

      Giardiniera, is an awesome addition to beef, it brings out the flavor, especially Italian beef, which has a unique flavor of it own.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait,

      Thank you for sharing this again. I know Google doesn't always help and when I went there for some answers on the property thing, I was working on it brought up sites that wanted me to go through them to get what I did myself done.

      Blessings and hugs to you and we hope all is well with you also.

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      C E Clark 14 months ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this article in case someone may be looking for it and not having much luck finding it.

      Hope you're enjoying a nice afternoon. Blessings and hugs to you both . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the comment and sharing this information with our fellow Hubbers.

      We also hope you are enjoying this beautiful day, and hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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