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Di Leo: Italian Beef and the American Way

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By John F. Di Leo –

I don’t often read food reviews, but when the article concerns one of your favorites, you just can’t resist, right?

Well, as a Chicagoan, when I saw an internet article come up on my screen, by a newcomer to Chicago reviewing the best of Chicago’s Italian Beef sandwiches, I naturally had to click on it.

I didn’t expect to find political meaning in the piece – and frankly, I’m quite sure that the writer didn’t intend any political undertone either – but there it was, in the subtext, for anyone who knows Chicago.

The Italian beef is a great sandwich.  Over a century ago, Italian immigrants created a way to take a bad cut of beef and make it magnificent. It’s a twist on the “roast beef” that every deli sells but is shaved thin and loosely, with Italian spices making a wonderfully flavorful gravy.  Served on an Italian roll, with your choice of peppers, it’s an iconic creation…

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