You already know Chicago is famous for a lot of things: Pizza, the Blackhawks, Hot Dogs, Skyscrapers, but there are some historic products of Chicago that you may not have known…
Not really found in too many other cities, giardiniera is a pickled & jarred topping that comes mild, spicy, and ridiculously hot. The addition of giardiniera is synonymous with Chicago fast food staples like Italian Sausage and Italian Beef Sandwiches, but Chicagoans also love to put in on pizza. Although Chicago did not invent it (Italy is the originator), Chicago has a very unique style: giardiniera flavor has to do with the small size of the vegetables, the oil they’re packed in, and, of course, it’s connection to Italian beef. Iconic Chicago food makers Vienna Beef as well as Al’s Beef create & bottle their own giardiniera. Here’s a recipe that takes about 4 days to make, if you’d like to try and replicate it.
As we continue to explore the concept of Chicago as a city of neighborhoods, we must mention Lakeview, a neighborhood positively packed with entertainment. Whether you want food, drinks, shopping, lakefront activities, or baseball, Lakeview has it all.