'giardiniera' on Serious Eats

Taste Test: The Best Hot Giardiniera

I never knew giardiniera existed before moving to Chicago, but now I can't imagine life without it. Okay, that's a tad dramatic, but I certainly wouldn't want an Italian beef or an Italian sub without Chicago's favorite condiment. But with so many different brands, which one is best? More

Dinner Tonight: Italian Sausage with Caramelized Onions, Mustard, and Giardineria

Instead of serving the Italian sausage with the typical topping of onions and peppers, owner Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's in Chicago advises a strange mix of caramelized onions, mustard, and giardiniera (the ubiquitous condiment in Chicago, featuring a combination of pickled vegetables, chiles, and oil). I'd never dream of combining those three together in any normal setting, but here they work absolute wonders. More

Standing Room Only: Alpine Food Shop

"This handmade sub is the kind that most neighborhoods would dream of having. It's the anti-Subway." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Alpine Food Shop 7538 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park IL 60707 (map); 708-453-3505; alpinefoodshop.com The Short Order: Family-run Italian deli with... More

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