Food Fridays: Homing In On The Best Italian Beef In Chicago

As Buona Beef introduces ‘Italian Beefless,’ Reset dishes on the best Italian beefs in Chicago and whether the vegan version is worth a try.

italian beef sandwich
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italian beef sandwich
Flickr / jeffreyww

Food Fridays: Homing In On The Best Italian Beef In Chicago

As Buona Beef introduces ‘Italian Beefless,’ Reset dishes on the best Italian beefs in Chicago and whether the vegan version is worth a try.

If an Italian beef sandwich has no beef, can it still keep the name?

Chicago-based chain Buona Beef released a beefless version of their famed Italian beef sandwich, and Chicagoans are split: the sandwich is already sold out in all Buona locations, while purists stand aghast at the thought. So: revelation or abomination?

Either way, we find out the city’s best Italian beef spots, a little history about how it became an iconic Chicago food, and Sasha-Ann Simons tries her first sandwich!

GUESTS: Ashok Selvam, editor of Eater Chicago

Shermann Thomas, TikTok urban historian