National Italian Beef Week begins May 24, 2021 and goes on through May 30, 2021, so we are using this as an opportunity to talk about Portillo's most famous and beloved menu item—the Italian beef sandwich!
This savory staple has been winning over hearts and minds with its spot on the Portillo's menu since 1971. And it's come a long way, 50 years later.
Portillo's goes through enough pounds of beef in a week to outweigh two "L" train cars—more than double that if you add on the sweet peppers. As the years went on, so did the ability to personalize your sandwich.
Read on to learn more about all the ways you can customize your Italian beef at Portillo's or learn about the history of giardiniera, the ultimate Chicago-style Italian beef condiment.