Friday, May 21, 2010

Ricobene's: A Chicago Classic ... Just Add Giardiniera!

Just had to share our great experience at Ricobene's, a great Italian style sandwich/pizza/restaurant on Chicago's near south side.  It's located at 26th and Wells, nine blocks north of U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

Ricobene's has been around since 1946.  For years it was just a beef/hot dog/pizza stand where you ordered at the front window and took your food to go.

Over the years, it has expanded to be a neighborhood gathering place where you still order at the counter, but now sit down at one of the many tables and soak in the atmosphere.  Don't worry about your safety in here ... Ricobene's is a favorite of the Chicago police force!

They are best known for their breaded steak sandwiches, which is a piece of ribeye pounded flat, rolled in Italian seasonings and breadcrumbs, deep fried and dunked in a marinara sauce.  They're good, but we prefer the Italian beef sandwiches, pizza, and eggplant sandwiches.

They serve authentic Chicago style giardiniera and you absolutely have to try it on any of their great sandwiches!  You can get a beer on tap and the walls are loaded with pictures that'll make you feel like you're in Italy.

Ricobene's is a true Chicago gem.  Hey, Mr. Beef and Al's Beef are fine, but to be honest they're tourist traps.  Try a tried and true Chicago original ... Ricobene's.

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