On March 22, 2016, Buona will be opening its 17th restaurant in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The new restaurant will be located on Western and 106th (10633 S. Western).
The Buona family opened their first restaurant in Berwyn in 1981. The restaurant chain remains family owned and managed. After multiple conversations with several family members, it is clear that the Buona family is a very close-knit family with strong family values. It all started when founder and patriarch Joe Buonavolanto Sr took a second mortgage to build the first restaurant. Joe and two of his sons helped in digging the foundation for that first restaurant.
The original Italian beef recipe used by Buona was created by Joe’s wife Peggy. That recipe has been strictly adhered to by each generation and is still the recipe today.
The basic question is this: What makes Buona Beef stand out from the rest? The answer is fairly simple…
1. Ingredients: Start with all-natural lean choice sirloin and season with Italian spices.
2. Roasting: Roast the sirloin at high heat to seer in the natural juices.
3. Cooking: Slow cooking for several hours.
4. Trimming: Once cooled, the roast is hand-trimmed and sliced.
5. Sandwich: Thin lean slices of beef is heated in its own natural gravy and then layered in fresh baked Italian bread.
6. Three options for juiciness: Dry, dipped (bottom of sandwich gets dipped in the natural gravy), or baptized (sandwich is completely submerged in the natural gravy).
In 2016 Buona Beef celebrates their 35th year anniversary. They are the last family-owned restaurant group serving Chicago’s original Italian beef. The company has been growing at a terrific rate since their inception and that is expected to continue over the next 5 years. Their plan of record is to open 5 new restaurants per year through 2021.
Once you had a chance to try their Italian beef, you’ll quickly understand why Chicagoland has made Buona their choice for original Italian beef. I am personally a big fan of Buona’s Italian beef (baptized, of course)!
In addition to their restaurants, you can now purchase Buona’s Italian beef at Costco! I recently stopped by Costco to purchase the Italian beef to compare it to what I enjoy at the restaurants. The quality and taste are identical to what will find at the restaurants. You can now enjoy Buona’s Italian beef at home without having to make a run to the restaurant. It’s definitely worth the drive to Costco to pick up Buona’s 5 lb Original Italian Beef container!
6801 West Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL 60402
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