National Italian Beef Day
National Italian Beef Day is observed next on Saturday, May 27th, 2023 (175 days from today).
If you've ever been to Chicago, you know, there's nothing quite like an Italian Beef Sandwich to end a perfect day at the stadium. If you're a real foodie, you know that wet isn't the right way to order this, instead order a 'dipping' and get ready for one of the best meals of your life. friend. National Italian Beef Day is a tribute to this incredible burger and its history, as well as the important role it played in the life of the Windy City.
History of National Italian Beef Day
National Italian Beef Day was founded in 2017 by Buona, a large restaurant chain based in Illinois. Italian beef is a sandwich from Chicago and appeared since at least the 1930s.
It is made from thin slices of spiced roast beef that are grilled wet in "gravy" (au jus) and served on a side roll. The bread is often dipped in that gravy while being consumed. The bread is topped with giardiniera (pickled vegetables) or sweet Italian peppers.
Most places offer "combo" by adding grilled salami. Some offer a cheese variant, usually provolone or mozzarella.
The Italian Beef is a cousin of the French Beef. Both originated in the United States. The French Dip appeared about ten years earlier. The meat is dry grilled and au jus is served on the side. It is usually served as such, simply. Variations include adding grilled onions and Swiss cheese.
How to celebrate National Italian Beef Day
The only proper way to celebrate Italian Beef Day is to buy yourself a fresh Italian Beef Bagel. Not in the Chicago area? Does not matter! You can find hundreds of recipes online to teach you how to prepare Italian Beef in a way that will take you on an inspiring excursion to the windy city.
ObservedNational Italian Beef Day has been observed the fourth Saturday in May.
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
Saturday, May 28th, 2022
Saturday, May 27th, 2023
Saturday, May 25th, 2024
Saturday, May 24th, 2025
Buona in 2017