I have a new favorite Italian combo.  I don’t declare that lightly.  I’ve held strong to my previous favorite for decades – the one I grew up with…and maybe the love had grown stagnant…because I was opting for the combo less and less…simply getting beefs.  This past weekend I went searching and got my groove back thanks to the Atomic Combo.

Roma’s Italian Beef & Sausage is a neighborhood legend on the corner of Cicero and Hutchison.  It’s been around for 45 years.

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The beef is flavorful and delicious and the giardiniera is ridiculous.  Fred, the owner, makes it in house:

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I liked it so much I bought a jar to go:

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Fred cares about the quality of his hot peppers like he cares about his beef – and the dedication results in flavor.

Wrap a Hot Doug’s hot sausage in Roma’s Italian beef; add mozzarella and giardiniera and you’ve got the Atomic Combo.  A majestic mountain of tastiness.

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A closer look at how the sausage nestles in there amongst the beef:

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The sausage, the beef, the gravy, the giardiniera, the bread all play together like a hot symphony.  I sat there in amazement, devouring this pure wonder.  Terrific fries, too.  I cleaned my plate – every last scrap.

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I wanted to applaud when I’d finished, but my hands were messy.  Instead, I polished off my enormous cup of Mountain Dew and pondered the future.  This combo is a game-changer for me.  I’ll be going back on a regular basis, traveling just to get this sandwich.  It’s worth the trip.  Roma’s is my new place on the North Side.