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The best giardinara comes from Brooklyn?

Vital Information | Nov 27, 2002 01:52 PM

I meant to post this a long time ago when we were talking giardinara, but I forgot and then go too busy. ..

New York City? Maybe it does not work for jarred salsa, but I wonder about giardinara. At Costco, they sell these big industrial sized jars of "Chicago Style" giardinara manufactured by a company called Victoria. Always appreciating the value of Costco, I examined it on one shopping spree.

My eye was initially intrigued by the words on the label, "in olive oil". One of my long standing complaints about giardinara is that it is almost always packed in cheap vegetable oil. The use of olive oil made me want to buy. Then, I looked at additional label details. Guess where the Chicago style giardinara comes from? Brooklyn.

Was this like south-side Philly cheesesteaks, AP Deli, Beefee, nearly any suburban Chinese restuarant? Another out of place item I was too scared to try. Well, cost won out, and I purchased the big jug.

And you know what. It is a very good giardinara. The olive oil, not totally olive oil, there is canola oil too, mellows all the flavors. And they use serrano peppers instead of sport peppers (although I have no idea what kind of pepper a "sport" pepper really is). Celery and red pepper add a bit of visual and textural contrast. This is not a Zim/Gwiv strength giardinara. I suppose for that, you have to stick to the local brews, but as a fully balanced and accentuated brew, it cannot be beat.

Think of it as an old-world, Bordeaux style giardinara compared to our more forward, new-world Chicago versions.

VI

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