Everyone has pre baseball game traditions. Whether you go to Maxwell Street and get a polish or peanuts from the same hawker outside of Wrigley, food is a focus both during AND before a game. During recent seasons, we have instituted a new tradition for Sox games – Ricobene’s (252 W. 26th St.) Breaded Steak Sandwich.
You start with a monstrosity of a skirt steak. Quite literally the size of a medium sized pizza, the steak is tenderized and breaded with their signature light Italian breading. The meat is folded over at least four times and stuffed into a Turano roll.
Part of the experience is how they drench it in their home made red sauce, bread and all. It’s kind of like their version of a “double-dipped” Italian beef. You have the option of adding cheese or peppers. I prefer mozzarella and their spicy giardinara to sweet peps – but you can always choose both.
You can easily satisfy two HUNGRY guys with a king sized sandwich, maybe even a third who isn’t as hungry. It’s a messy, sloppy but extremely delicious experience, and you will never forget your first Ricobene’s Breaded Steak Sandy.
It’s one of those unusual places where, though it’s called a pizzeria, their best item is far from that. Go for the sandwich and be sure to pack plenty of Tums. Cheers to breaded steak!
I’m’ hungry. Let’s eat!