Buona Celebrates Massively Popular National Italian Beef Day
If Chicago should be known for one thing this year then let it be the Italian Beef sandwich. Move over Cubbies, White Sox, and Bears -- this town is a sandwich town. Buona is a family run business that was founded by an Italian immigrant, Joe Buonavolanto Sr. Buonavolanto brought to Chicago his now famous Italian Beef recipe just over thirty years ago, starting with a restaurant in Berwyn, IL. Now his food is served throughout the Chicago-land area and it was even celebrated with its' own city-wide holiday: National Italian Beef Day.
Every May the United States makes sure to celebrate National Beef Month. Chicago, per usual, does things just a little bit different. Here in the Windy City we like to celebrate National Italian Beef Day in order to honor the delicious sandwich that Buona Beef has made so popular over the past several decades. National Italian Beef Day fell on May 27th this year and it was once again a festive celebration of beef, au jus, peppers, and just the right spicy seasonings.
This is the third consecutive year that Chicago has celebrated alongside Buona and it seems like a tradition for the ages. National Italian Beef Day was celebrated at all 18 Buona locations throughout the Chicago-land area. Customers at each Buona restaurant were greeted to half priced sandwiches and combos as well as a special raffle. Customers who used the #NationalItalianBeefDay hashtag in a picture along with their purchase were entered into a sweepstakes for a years' worth of free beef. The stakes were high and the calories were even higher! But that's not all! Customers who had lined up outside of the Harwood Heights location (7343 W. Lawrence Ave) were given free Italian Beef sandwiches. While this massive line queued up there was street-side entertainment: firefighters vs. police in a beef eating challenge as well as a meet and greet with the official mascots from the Chicago White Sox baseball games.
Buona has long since established themselves as a city-wide favorite. In last years' National Italian Beef Day festivities the family run business saw over $20,000 worth of sandwiches sold to a hungry and clamoring public. If you haven't eaten at Buona Beef you may be wondering what the big deal is. It's just a sandwich, right? Well, you would be wrong. Buona's Italian Beef sandwich is a remnant from a time and place that cannot be replicated. Joe Buonavolonto Sr. took out a second mortgage on his home and literally built his first restaurant by hand with his sons right beside him. Since the day Buona first opened their doors all the way to now, 2017, their sandwich has remained unchanged. Buona is the largest family owned restaurant chain in the region and it is still run by the Buonavolanto's. You can't buy this kind of city loyalty from any old restaurant.
If you missed National Italian Beef Day this year then make sure to bookmark the website Foodimentary in order to keep an eye on next year's updates. There you'll find that Foodimentary has become the official food calendar of the internet. While National Italian Beef Day may only fall once a year, we're pretty sure Buona Beef's sandwich is good all year round. So take a trip down the street and grab a bite, you're probably hungrier than you think.