Friday, July 29, 2011

Al's #1 Italian Beef

From its humble beginning back in 1938, brother Al Ferreri and his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Chris Pacelli, Sr. began developing what is known today as one of the "Top 10 Sandwiches in America," a "Chicago Food Legend" and "Chicago's #1 Italian Beef Sandwich," an honor bestowed upon it by Chicago magazine.

The original idea for the Italian beef sandwich was formed out of necessity, as many great ideas are. In the great depression era, meat was scarce. Chris and Al would go to family weddings and in order to make the meat go around, the family sliced it thinly and made sandwiches.  With several locations across the Chicago area, we walked to the original in Little Italy for lunch.  Keith had to try the famous Italian Beef sandwich - with provolone cheese, peppers, and dipped. I had the classic Italian sausage with sweet peppers. We shared a bag of fries with cheese sauce to dip. Be warned, it can be a little messy so have extra napkins.  Overall, very decent sandwich and understable why all the popularity.

Total Rating: 3.75
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 3, Ambience: 3,  Accessibility: 3

What I ate:

Italian Sausage
with sweet peppers

French Fries
with cheese sauce

Plus Keith ate:

Italian Beef Sandwich
with provolone, peppers, and dipped in beef au jus

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