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Where Do I Find Giardiniera? My Beef Needs It! (Up-Dated)

Marconi's Giardiniera on an Italian Beef! Yum!


Stopping for a Bite Turned Into Weekly Jaunt.

My husband and I lived about 40 miles from where we worked in Chicago proper, and from time to time we would stop to visit my brother and his family who lived in Glendale Heights at that time.

And, we would occasionally stop at Portillo’s for an Italian Beef Sandwich, they were located in Addison, Illinois. One particular day we drove right past Portillo’s then decided we had a taste for an Italian beef sandwich, but not wanting to backtrack we decided to settle for a hot dog and fries, and we stopped at 'Tommy’s Red Hots' which was close to where my brother lived.

When we went to Tommy’s there was such a long line, it was out the door of a little hole in the wall. Inside the isle was narrow with a row of bar stools at a bar against the wall on the other side the first counter was chin high on me and as the line moved on inside, the second counter was about waist high. The smell was intoxicating.

The Customer In Front of Us Ordered an Italian Beef Sandwich.

When the customer in front of us ordered an Italian beef, hubby and I looked at each other, and when we saw the size of the sandwich, we ordered only one and had it cut in half.

We were asked what kind of condiments we wanted and we chose ‘Hot Giardiniera.’The price was less than where we had been buying our sandwiches.

From that day forward we would stop at least once a week at ‘Tommy’s Red Hots.’ Tommy’s specialties is hot dogs, but they also sell ‘Italian Beef’ sandwiches.

This had to be the most mouth watering, tasty, juicy beef, I ever put in my mouth. Then I realized it was not just the beef, but the juice (gravy) and the Giardiniera.

What Is An Italian Beef?

What is an Italian beef? If you take the most-tender cut of beef in the delicatessen and have it sliced very thin. Of course the sauce/gravy has a taste all its own, that I have tried to match without success. The closest I came was when I used a can of Campbell's French Onion Soup, heated to boiling and removed from the stove and the beef dropped down into the soup (about a half pound)

The slices of beef piled high inside crusty French bread, Here, the bread is called "Baguette" – crusty on the outside and soft inside, and you must have it (joozie) juicy, topped off with cooked green bell peppers or ‘Hot Giardiniera.’

When we moved here to the Dallas area we searched everywhere for Italian Beef and gravy without success. But for birthdays and Christmas, our son Kevin ships us Italian Beef with gravy and a jar of ‘Marconi’s Hot Giardiniera.’ Oh my, the Giardiniera did not last long enough.


What Is Giardiniera?

Fresh jalapeno pepper slices ◊ Diced Celery stalk ◊ Diced green bell peppers ◊Diced red bell peppers ◊ Diced carrots ◊ Cauliflower florets ◊ Chopped onion ◊ Chopped garlic ◊ Red Pepper flakes ◊ Black Pepper flakes ◊ Dried oregano ◊ Salt ◊ White vinegar ◊ Olive oil ◊ Water. And then when mixed together – fantastic.

We always loved Giardiniera on Beef, but the last jar Kevin sent for hubby’s birthday, was so good that I had to have more and I went online to see if I could order it. I found Marconi’s number and called. What a pleasant surprise, ‘Cost Plus-World Market carries Marconi’s Giardiniera, less than a mile from our house.

This hub turned out to be a review of Marconi's Giardiniera and Tommy's Red Hots!

If you have ever had an Italian Beef Sandwich, leave a message and tell me what you think.

If you never had an ‘Italian Beef Sandwich’ you don’t know what you are missing, but leave a message anyway.

If you know how to make Good Chicago Style Italian Beef, leave a message at the bottom, or put it in a hub.

Cost Plus - World Market closing

Recently I heard on the radio ‘Cost Plus-World Market Closing.' No, No, No. I told hubby World Market is closing, now where do we find Giardiniera?

Later in the day we went to Lowes and when driving past World Market, I saw the store front, with no name and it was empty. I was really up-set and told Hubby that was World Market, they are gone. It was forgotten with the other problems of the day.

Then the package arrived, Kevin sent Italian beef, gravy, peppers, French bread, and Giardiniera. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kevin.

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That reminded Hubby to call to find out if all the World Markets were closing. Hubby called the store in Plano, and they told him that only the stores in Denton and McKinney closed and gave him the phone number for the one near our home.

When Hubby called the number he was so happy when the sweet girl that answered told him they are still there and they have a lot of Giardiniera.

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko


C E Clark from North Texas on January 18, 2020:

Came back to post this on FB & AH. Hope all is well with you. Blessings, dear friend . . .

Suzie from Carson City on February 06, 2019:

Shy....I'm so glad I may have helped in your quest. Obviously an Italian, or someone with knowledge of the language, never saw your article, until I noticed it. I almost didn't recognize the word in it's sophisticated Italian dialect. Then I saw the photo and actually SAW the pieces of what I know as "Garduna!".....

Who may be able to get seeds for planting your own...or maybe a transplant. As for the TEA....I would imagine you can buy it in a Health foods store, already bagged and packaged!! Good luck with your burdock hunt, girlfriend!!

(In the picture, as you probably know, the pieces of burdock would easily be thought to be celery by someone not familiar with burdock!)

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 06, 2019:

I will Google Burdock root and see what I find

To make some to calm my mind

Blessings and thank you my friend

Stop by and visit me again any old time

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 06, 2019:

Paula my sweet dear friend,

I hardly know just where to begin

I had no idea that Burdock meant Giardiniera

My Great Aunt Hattie would have been your Mama’s best friend

Aunt Hattie use to grow it on her farm, and I forgot what it was for

So I ask Jethro Kloss via his “Back to Eden” book

Now I must go take a look

Tea made from Burdock is a blood purifier

I am so thrilled I don’t know what to do

I must go out and look and find it to make some tea

Maybe put some in stew

Where I will find it I haven’t a clue

So I think I will just make Marconi’s Giardiriera do

Suzie from Carson City on February 01, 2019:

LMAO!!! Look what I found

Just google burdock root......looks like it may be available in some specialty stores? The root itself, frozen.....etc. All that writing I did. Well, it was a nice visit!

Suzie from Carson City on February 01, 2019:

Hey Shyron honey......Your resident "Dago" here to the rescue! LOL "Giardiniera" is The Italian word for "Burdock"....which is the wild plant, Burdock Roots.....I know that in some areas there are people who grow it on tended farms but I think it's pretty expensive for a wild (vegetable?) that you can pick from where ever it grows by the acres.

You could do a search for where in your area burdock grows....if it does even grow in your area.

Here in WNY it is plentiful during a certain season. I'll do my best to describe it.....It has huge elephant-ear-like leaves...(which as far as I know are not the edible part.) Although, take it from me, the old Italian women who came here from Sicily, waste NOTHING! They find a use for anything that even resembles food. The STALK is what is used in cooking many recipes. I have picked many a basket of burdock. Here, it can be found in open fields, often bordering creeks or other bodies of water. My Mom and I always found ours near the RR tracks. You know it when you see it. IMO, the stalk always reminded me of rhubarb stalks....but maybe slimmer and with no pinkish tint.

It's a pain in the neck to prepare for cooking......need to wash it well. The outer skin is tough and needs to be peeled GENTLY so that you don't lose a lot of the meat of the stalk. Use a really sharp knife or you can try a stains your fingers sort of purple...but it washes off! In order to use it in a recipe, it must be slow boiled to tenderness. (Are you tired yet?) LOL My grandmother made a batter, with eggs, flour, milk & some seasoning (mostly a little salt, pepper and garlic POWDER) Then just put 4 to 6 ......5" pieces of this cooked stalk in the batter to cover it.....and then fried this in hot olive oil until the batter became a golden brown......and served the patties. She would also can some to have for the winter because the whole family LOVED it.

Because it was such a job....the art of making these old Italian recipes kind of died out. But I must say, my mother kept it alive and my sister and I did for a while and then one day while we were peeling my sister said, "You know, I'm all in favor of tradition, Paula, but what-a-ya-say we screw this one??!" LOL Needless to say, I haven't tasted it since.

Giardiniera in Classic Italian is pronounced (soft G) Gee-ah-dee-nar-ya"......In the less sophisticated Sicilian (my family) it's pronounced (Hard G) Gar-Doo-nay.

Gosh Shyron.....This is like a damned tutorial! But I hope I helped you. If you simply cannot find a field of burdock root.......when the season hits here again, I can ship you a truckload!! Right now, all I could ship you is ice & snow and I'd first have to thaw out my hands!! Love you girl! Paula

C E Clark from North Texas on February 01, 2019:

Seems like you have some new photos on this article. I like them. Posting this to AH and FB. Take care . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on December 21, 2018:

Believe it or not, this could be just the item that someone is having a hard time finding and it could be the perfect stocking stuffer as a result.

I hope despite all that has happened this year that you will find some joy and happiness in this Christmas season. Hard to believe we are about to begin a new year as well. I'm still not used to writing 2018.

Hope you will have a joyous and peaceful Christmas. Blessings dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 09, 2018:

Au fait, thank you so much for the comment and post to fb.

Yes it does get cold at night, this year has been colder than usual. Can't wait for spring hope it comes soon.

Hope all is well with you! Blessings my friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 05, 2018:

Came back to share this article and post it on FB in case someone is looking for this product.

Sure does get cold at night. The first 10 years or so that I lived in Texas it was usually spring by mid month. Not the last few years, and definitely not this year. Hope you and John are keeping warm. Blessings dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 19, 2016:

Au fait, thank you so much for the comment and sharing this information with our fellow Hubbers.

We also hope you are enjoying this beautiful day, and hope all is well with you.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 19, 2016:

Came back to share this article in case someone may be looking for it and not having much luck finding it.

Hope you're enjoying a nice afternoon. Blessings and hugs to you both . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 15, 2015:

Au fait,

Thank you for sharing this again. I know Google doesn't always help and when I went there for some answers on the property thing, I was working on it brought up sites that wanted me to go through them to get what I did myself done.

Blessings and hugs to you and we hope all is well with you also.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 15, 2015:

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thank you so much for the comment, up-votes and for sharing.

Giardiniera, is an awesome addition to beef, it brings out the flavor, especially Italian beef, which has a unique flavor of it own.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 15, 2015:


Thank you so much for the comment. You are so right, the liquid flavors the veggies with just the right taste.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 15, 2015:


thank you for the comment. I do think a lot of this food and I replied to Mary (tillsontitan) Giardiniera, is an awesome addition to beef, it brings out the flavor, especially in Italian beef, which has a unique flavor of it own. It is a food that has a special taste.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

poetryman6969 on May 14, 2015:

If you think that highly of this kind of food then I would definitely like to try it.

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on May 13, 2015:

After you find that first jar, save the liquid and stuff more veggies in the jar when it is all eaten. Leave the fresh veggies in the brine, refrigerated for a few days before tasting. Just keep refilling the jar.

Mary Craig from New York on May 13, 2015:

Isn't it great how we get attached to certain foods? This sounds delicious and I'm glad you've been able to find a supply close to home!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 13, 2015:

Thought I'd visit this article again and share it in case somebody is looking for this product. I've noticed that Google doesn't always have the answers.

Blessings and hugs to you both. I really hope all is well there.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 20, 2014:

Word55, thank you for your comment. I am so glad that you had an Italian Beef sandwich so you know what I am talking about.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 20, 2014:

Thank you Au fait, for the comments, votes, pin and sharing.

I had to let people know where to find Giardiniera. When I was searching for Giardiniera I went to their website and I exchanged e-mail directly with Mr. Marconi. He sent me a personal thank you for recommending his product.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 20, 2014:

Hi Shyron and thanks for sharing Au Fait, Yes, I've had such an Italian Beef sand which with all the condiments including the Giardiniera. It was as tasty as you can imagine its deliciousness. Even today, I see the Portillos lines backed up. I like putting Giardiniera peppers in my salad dishes now and many times, soups. I enjoyed reading this as you took me back to some real good eating times.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 20, 2014:

Really great that you're letting people know where to find this product. It's surprising how many products are only available on the Internet and there are getting to be more. You're lucky to be near an outlet that has one of your favorite products.

Voted up, AUI, and pinned to AH, sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 25, 2014:

Rita, I am soooo jealous that you and Joe had Italian Beefs.

Say hello to Joe and everyone that we knew up there.

Blessings to you both

Rita on May 22, 2014:

Hi Shy! I thought of yesterday when Joe and I had one. Hope you guys are well, Joe says hey!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 14, 2014:

Missy Mac, our local Aldi's does not have Italian Beef or Giardiniera. What a let down.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 03, 2014:

Missy Mac, I shop at Aldi's

I have never seen it there

I will have to look for it

Is it Marconi's?

That even is even tasty on bologna

I will go there tomorrow

Oh if only!

Thank you, Missy Mac for stopping by

I will sure give it a try.

Missy Mac from Illinois on March 03, 2014:

Aldi's sell Giardiniera for a great price and Italian Beef

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 03, 2014:

Au fait, thank you for the comments, votes and for sharing again.

John and I stayed in, we went to the wedding Saturday but stayed in all day yesterday, not even to church.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 03, 2014:

This reminds me that I need to go out and run some errands today if it warms up enough. My windshield is covered with ice and snow. :( At least I didn't have to get out before 6 AM. Schools are closed.

Voting this up and useful and sharing it again.

Hope you and John are staying in where it's warm . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 16, 2013:

Thank you Brandi, I really appreciate the comment. I like antipasto too. The giardiniera is fantastic on "Italian Beef" sandwiches.

CraftytotheCore on December 16, 2013:

I love Giardiniera. When I was growing up, my grandmother prepared antipasto plates for my grandfather at dinner every so often. Complete with pepperoni slices, olives, cheese cubes...yummy. I have never tried it on a sandwich, but that sounds amazing!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 01, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for the comment and the up votes and the share. You are appreciated.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 01, 2013:

Thank you Rebecca for your comment. This is one of the things I miss about leaving the Chicago area. It is so good.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 01, 2013:

I love Italian food, so I find this to sound like some very tasty stuff. I would love to try it!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 01, 2013:

This product could make a good stocking stuffer for someone who likes spicy foods. Voted up, UI, and will share again!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 28, 2013:

Thank you Suzanne for the comment, up voted an pinning.

justmesuzanne from Texas on November 28, 2013:

Very cool! Voted up, useful and pinned! :)

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 20, 2013:

Nell, thank you for your comments. It is delicious. Here in Texas folks know what jalapeno peppers are but they don't know what Italian meat is. Italian meat is the way the beef is made (i.e. spices). And I find the closes I can come to the taste of Italian Beef is use Au Jus sprinkled on a roast and roast the cut of meat until well done and sliced thin.

Italian bread is crusty on the outside and soft inside.

Nell Rose from England on August 20, 2013:

I can see why you really loved this, it sounds absolutely delicious. I must admit that I never knew what jalapeno was before, but now I know the ingredients I am heading out to buy some! lol! and the italian meet with that bread, yum!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 04, 2013:

Thank you Aunt Jimi for sharing this.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on August 03, 2013:

Giving this another share.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 03, 2013:

I do :-D like it that much, and I bought 3 big jars and each one will last about 3 weeks, I have 2 left.

Hubby loves it also.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 03, 2013:

You don't have to buy a case--you can buy a single jar. I just thought you liked it that much! Ha-ha.


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 03, 2013:

Thank you Jaye, I love beef, but today I had veggie burger and the Giardiniera would have been fantastic on it.

I have never bought from Amazon, will have to check it out. But I don't need a case. I appreciate you letting me know.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 03, 2013:

Shyron....I don't eat beef, so the sandwich description didn't make my mouth water. I might enjoy the veggies on a bun without meat, especially if spicy.

However, you may forgive me when I tell you that I found where you can get Marconi's Giardiniera, either the hot or the mild, by the case at HALF PRICE. else? I buy so much from Amazon and recommend that site to so many people, they should have me on their payroll!


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 29, 2013:

Wow! HoneyBB, now you have me wanting one and it is Breakfast time for me. Thank you for your visit and your most welcome comments.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 28, 2013:

Thank you Torrilynn, I do hope you enjoy this as much as I do. It goes almost without saying in Italian Beef stands, on beef sandwichs. I think you would be hooked if you tried one.

Thanks again for the comment and up vote.

torrilynn on June 28, 2013:

@Shyron E Shenko thanks for the read it was marvelous. I don't particularly like relish but i do like hot and peppers so i must give this a try by itself since you can eat it out of the jar and i do love anything you can eat from the jar ! Voted up!

H Lax on June 27, 2013:

I purchase a package of au jus from the deli or I make it from McCormicks package if the store doesn't have the juices and I buy a bottle of Giardinera and put much of it in the juice and boil it. Then I turn the heat off completely and add my thinly sliced or almost shaved Roast Beef...I let the beef sit in the juices for about 10 minutes, stirring it here and there but I don't turn the heat on because that makes it shrivel up too much....I like Prima Della Roast Beef from the deli...Then to make it even more awesome; have it Chicago style by melting mostarella cheese on and adding red gravy and cooked sweet and hot peppers....mmmmmm....mmmmm...good! Now, I want one!!!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 27, 2013:

World Markets sells this, I am glad you mentioned it, I am almost out. Will get some more tomorrow.

moonlake from America on June 27, 2013:

I have never heard of Marconi's Giardiniera but I know my family would like it. I will keep it in mind and try to get some. Voted up, pinned and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 26, 2013:

Rajan, I am sorry to hear that you are unable to enjoy Italian Beef with Giardiniera. Maybe someday when you come to my country you could visit Chicago, that is where you would find the best beef and I now can purchase Giardiniera less than an mile from where I live in Texas.

Thank you Rajan for the comment, up-vote and for sharing

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 26, 2013:

Interesting review, Shyron. Unfortunately neither of the stuff is available here. Voted up, interesting and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 28, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for the UU vote.

God Bless you my Dear Friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 28, 2013:

This is a very helpful hub for people who are searching for this product. Voting it up and useful!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 21, 2013:

Thank you Aunt Jimi, for the comment and for sharing, I know you can't do the hot stuff but Marconi's also has the mild.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 21, 2013:

Thank you Jo, I hope you enjoyed Giardiniera on your tacos. Wishing you blessings also and thank you for sharing.


Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on April 21, 2013:

Great to know where people can find and purchase this product! Interesting story about how you came to like it too!

Voted up, useful, and will share!

Jo_Goldsmith11 on April 20, 2013:

So Cool Shyron!

I really enjoyed reading this. I know my husband loves those hot spicey toppings. This will be great on Tacos tonight. :) Wishing you blessings!

Voted up and tweet, shared.


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 19, 2013:

Au fait,

Thank you for reading my hub and leaving a comment. The World Market near my house has 13 jars and, Tommy's Red Hots, is still there and I called them and will give the information to Kev so he can purchase the beef from them, maybe for Christmas.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 18, 2013:

Anyone who loves spicy and who doesn't know about Giardiniera should be putting it on their list and heading to their nearest World Market Store, or calling that store on the phone to see if they have it in stock. An interesting hub. I wonder if Tommy's Red Hots is still there?

Voted up, useful & interesting. Will share.

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