The Early Beginnings of our Legendary Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches

During the turn of the 20th Century, in the heart of burgeoning Chicago, many Italian immigrants prepared a dish known as “Italian beef”. It’s said that these sandwiches were started by Italian immigrants who worked for the old Union Stock Yards. They would often bring home some of the toughest cuts of beef, so to make the beef more appealing, they slow-roasted it to make it tender then simmered it in spices to add flavor. The meat was then thinly sliced and put into fresh Italian bread. Italian beef became very popular at weddings because it was an inexpensive yet delicious meal for the guests.

Chicago's Signature Sandwich

Like deep dish pizza, Italian beef is native to Chicago. In fact, Italian beef is widely considered to be Chicago’s signature sandwich. For decades now, our family has slow roasted beef using our very own special recipe which we’ve perfected over the years. We’ve been serving it at home, family gatherings and even weddings. Some things haven’t changed from Italian beef’s humble beginnings!


Bari Foods still slow roasts its beef and simmers it in authentic Italian spices, but we use only the finest and choicest cuts of meat. We’re proud of our 30-year history of being a trusted supplier of quality products -- Italian beef, Italian sausage, meatballs and giardiniera to the restaurant industry. When you choose the best, choose Bari! Look for Bari Beef at these fine retailers near you.