[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An Italian beef is a sandwich, originating in Chicago, composed of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, simmered and served au jus on a long Italian-style roll. The sandwich's history dates back at least to the 1930s. The bread itself is, at the diner's preference, often dipped (or double-dipped) into the au jus the meat is cooked in, and the sandwich is typically topped off with Chicago-style giardiniera (called "hot") or sautéed, green Italian sweet peppers (called "sweet").Italian beef sandwiches are commonly found at many area hot dog stands, pizzerias and Italian-American restaurants in northeastern Illinois, typical beef orders are:
· Hot dipped: Italian beef on gravy-wetted bread and giardiniera.
· Hot dipped combo: Italian beef and sausage on gravy-wetted bread with giardiniera.
· Sweet dry: Italian beef placed on dry bread, topped with sweet peppers.
· Gravy bread: meatless Italian bread soaked in the juice of Italian beef, often served with
peppers or giardiniera. Also known in some places as "Soakers" or "Juice-ons".
· Cheesy beef or cheef: Italian beef with cheese (Provolone, Mozzarella or, rarely, Cheddar);
not all stands offer this.
· Cheesy beef on garlic: Italian beef with cheese (Provolone, Mozzarella or, rarely, Cheddar)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]