Saturday, July 14, 2012

J.P. Graziano Grocery Co., Inc.

March 29, 2012 and many times after!
901 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
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A Quick Word:
J.P. Graziano's has been added to my list of favorite sandwiches in Chicago.  They are a small sub shop at the front of their supplier style grocery store for the other delis in the city.  I believe they have the most authentic italian style sandwiches... so good they actually remind me of the month I spent in Italy!  Definitely a perfect rating and a must try!  I guess it is always true; you must come to the source to get the best!

What I ate:

Italian Sandwich

BEST ITALIAN STYLE SANDWICHES IN CHICAGO... Without question. Everyone needs to try it!! The Italian (which I can see why it is the most popular sandwich) had hot capicola, volpi genoa salami, hard salami, mortadella, provolone, tomato, lettuce and red wine vinegar with oregano! These are 9 inch sandwiches on freshly baked bread (nice crust with soft inside)! The meats are as fresh as you can get them.  And the cheeses taste like they are fresh from Italy.  I absolutely love this place and will try all their sandwiches soon!

Veggie Sandwich

This is NO ORDINARY veggie sandwich. It's grilled marinated eggplant, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, roasted red peppers, balsamic vinegar, hot giardiniera, and tomatoes & lettuce tossed in a red wine vinegar with oregano. The eggplant was thick cut and tender, the mozzarella was creamy, the balsamic draws out more flavor from the eggplant and peppers, and that hot giardiniera brought everything together. Served on the freshly baked bread with a nice crisp to its crust and soft inside. The bread soaks up all that extra juices and flavor!

Prosciutto Sandwich

Prosciutto, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes, lettuce, tomato, red wine vinaigrette, and hot giardinera! And all of that on freshly baked Italian bread.  The mozzarella cheese is super soft and the sun dried tomatoes add that little bit of oil to cut through some of the freshness of the vegetables.  Their giardinera is amazing but may be a little spicy for some.  

Cannoli

Fresh cannoli.... they make them daily and once they sell out that is it.  This one had chopped pistachios on the end.  I couldn't ask for anything better.  Amazing way to finish off one of the best sandwiches in Chicago!

The DOs/DON'Ts:
DO:
- How to Order:  Walk in... go to the area where they are making sandwiches... check out their menu and additional add on ingredients you may like... tell the gentleman making the sandwiches whenever he looks at you... then walk in the fairly long line and wait to pay.  After paying, come back to where you said your order and listen for when they call it out.  It is a little confusing at first and I sure looked dumb doing all of this, but it is well worth it!
- Do order their spicy giardinera on your sandwich... I forgot one time and will never forget again.
- Do add the artichokes or sun dried tomatoes.  They are super fresh and add amazing bold flavors to the already complex sandwich!

DON'T:
- Don't try to park real close to the place... there are rarely any spots and its better to park on Madison and walk.
- Don't wait in the long line if you haven't ordered yet... read ordering instructions above!

How far would I walk for this food?


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