Buona Beef expands to grocery stores

  • Buona Beef, a growing restaurant chain in the suburbs, is now offering its products in grocery stores.

      Buona Beef, a growing restaurant chain in the suburbs, is now offering its products in grocery stores. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer, file photo

Daily Herald Report

As Buona Beef continues to open restaurants across the suburbs, the product will now be available at local grocery stores.

Precooked Buona Beef will be sold in tubs at select Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin retailers including Target, Jewel, Mariano's and Aldi stores.

Founded in 1981 and based in Berwyn, Buona Beef operates in Glendale Heights, Hoffman Estates, Itasca, Lombard, Naperville, Rolling Meadows, Rosemont, Algonquin and other suburbs. It offers Italian beef sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and other fast-casual dishes, as well as catering.

The company said each retail container of Buona beef includes fully cooked seasoned beef and gravy. The company is also offering its meatballs in marinara sauce. Both items will be available in the frozen food section of retail stores. There are plans on making the family's take on giardiniera, a pickled vegetable relish, available at select retailers.

Buona, a family owned restaurant group, has been named the official Italian beef and Italian Sausage of the Chicago Cubs, the official Italian beef of the Chicago White Sox.

"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.

Joe Buonavolanto, Sr. opened the first Buona restaurant in Berwyn, bringing Italian beef to the suburbs. He was among a group of Italian immigrants who made the popular sandwich a staple of the area's culinary scene.

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