Saturday, October 5, 2013
Fratello's: One Great Dog Here in NE Illinois-- Part 4
I went to their site and found out the Carvelli brothers began Fratello's in 1975 and are also famous for Italian beef (big surprise there). Why the place is not called Carvelli's? Because fratello means brothers in Italian. They have also been inducted into the Vienna Beef Hall of Fame.
What is a perfect Chicago hot dog? Well, Lou Carvelli will be quick to tell you it's a Fratello's hot dog, but: it's served on "a perfectly steamed poppy seed bun, with the all beef Vienna dog in natural casing which has a snap/bite to it, dressed with yellow mustard, relish, onions, tomato, pickle and sports peppers, dusted with celery salt." Well, all but the sport peppers for me. I hate when someone "slips" one of those little surprise hot things in my dog.
Fratello's hot dog was inspired by Tony's on Polk Street and Gene & Jude's in Chicago where Lou lived when he was younger. Monday, I will add some other Lake County spots.
Hot Dog Here I Come. --RoadDog