ReNapoli Pizzeria & Chicago Italian Beef
216 Sound Beach Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT
As a transplanted Chicagoan, I was excited yet skeptical about the prospect of an east coast beef...but I am happy to report that it was much, much better than I expected. To be honest, I was just hoping for something serviceable as I don't know of another place within 500 miles that serves the sandwich, but my craving was more than quenched and I will be a regular.
The beef was high-quality, properly prepared, tasty and juicy enough to satisfy even my beef-savy palate. The giardiniera peppers were indistinguishable from Chicago's finest, but I recommend for newbies to order them 'on the side' so you can determine how much to put on the sandwich. My only quibble is that the roll was not quite authentic, but was close enough not to detract from my enjoyment.
Overall I'd say it was better than 75% of the beef sandwiches I had in Chicago...I just prey that the dish catches on and more places put it on the menu. The chef told me it's their best-selling item, so I'm excited.
Now all they need is a picture of Mike Ditka on the wall...