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Chicagoans can now prepare some Chicago’s original street food in their home kitchens. With the introduction of pre-cooked 100% natural Buona Beef in tubs at select Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin retailers including Target, Jewel, Mariano’s and Aldi stores, consumers can enjoy this iconic sandwich at home – bypassing the 8-plus hours of roasting time!

Each retail container of Buona beef includes fully cooked seasoned beef and gravy. The company is also offering its popular meatballs in classic marinara sauce and both items are available in the frozen foods section of the retail stores. For those looking to go all-out with Chicago’s famous Italian-beef-and-sausage combo, Buona is now selling its original recipe sausage at the meats department of local Jewel stores. Consumers can choose from mild and hot varieties. The company is also planning on making the family’s take on giardiniera, a pickled vegetable relish, available at select retailers.

Buona, a family owned restaurant group with 19 locations, is the official Italian beef and Italian Sausage of the Chicago Cubs, the official Italian beef of the Chicago White Sox, and both classics are served alone or in combination at Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields. 

“From our family to yours, we’re thrilled to offer Chicago area residents a way to enjoy Buona at home,” says second-generation owner Joe Buonavolanto. “After much research and development, we’re bringing our original family recipes to grocery store shelves. We’re confident that the flavor holds up to the restaurant experience.”


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