Buona plant-based Italian beefless sandwich launching Monday


The place’s the meat?

It’s not within the newest sandwich providing from Buona.

The enduring Chicago purveyor of beef sandwiches is including a plant-based Italian beefless sandwich to its restaurant menu beginning Monday.

The vegetarian- and vegan-friendly seitan meat sandwich mimics its basic Authentic Buona Beef counterpart, apart from the primary ingredient. All the pieces from the vegetable-based gravy and bread to Buona’s iconic giardiniera was already vegan. The brand new sandwich retails for $7.99 (out there solely within the 7-inch measurement) and is now on the menu in any respect 24 Buona areas for a restricted time.

“The sandwich is the results of a partnership with Upton’s Pure, a regionally primarily based creator of seitan,” stated Candice Jordan, director of selling for Buona.

“We’ve separate manufacturing space the place we make the ‘beef’ and seasoned vegan gravy on website at our foremost distribution middle, after which it’s despatched to every of our areas, which now have their very own vegan manufacturing space.”

To make sure there’s no cross-contamination, every location kitchen makes use of totally different utensils, totally different packaging and the vegan merchandise are “100-percent separated from all the things else” within the kitchen, she famous.

“It’s been nearly two years of improvement to convey it to fruition. We went by a number of flavorings till we bought it proper and the [Buona] household helped be sure the vegan sandwich was as much as their genuine recipe.” The corporate, primarily based in Berwyn, was based 40 years in the past by the Buonavolanto household.

Jordan stated the sandwich is marketed to each vegans in search of extra choices on the menu (which already options salads, a conventional Caprese sandwich, and grilled salmon) and meatlovers in search of one thing new to strive.

“We wished to create a cool choice and produce our genuine Chicago beef expertise to vegans, whereas additionally providing a brand new sandwich to everybody, from conventional meat-eaters to anybody who may need dietary restrictions.”

The restaurant testmarketed the sandwich with “a number of Buona members of the family,” so the roll-out shall be an eye-opener for purchasers and the corporate alike.

“It does really feel a bit like we’re placing ketchup on a scorching canine,” Jordan stated with a chuckle, “however once more, we’re not [abandoning] our roots. We’re nonetheless a diehard Italian beef sandwich firm for beef sandwich eaters.”

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