I really wanted to give this 4-1/2 stars, but there's no button for that. I know real Italian Beef from Chicago and this is pretty close, but not quite there. I made a few modifications and that knocked down my rating. Instead of water, I used a full 2 cups of beef broth. Real Italian Beef is very wet. I also used a rump roast instead of chuck because it was on sale. I don't think there was any difference. I used only half a jar of pepperoncinos and only about half a cup of its juice. I'd rather allow diners to add some heat if they want. Also, I added some garlic and a little oregano and basil. And finally I recommend using hoagie or deli rolls instead of hamburger buns, that would make it more like the real thing. By the way, my favorite place in Chicago is Mr. Beef on Erie. Beats the beter known Al's in my opinion. This is a good version. I look forward to trying it again and adding my favorite extra - an Italian Sausage link.
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I really wanted to give this 4-1/2 stars, but there's no button for that. I know real Italian...