J.P. Graziano Grocery
A lot can change in 85 years. Whereas once, you’d be able to take your horse and buggy to shop for Italian sundries in the cobblestone-clad enclave that’s now the West Loop, nowadays you might find yourself eating a sub on a sidewalk table under the shadows of the Nobu Hotel. After Vincenzo “J.P.” Graziano opened J.P. Graziano Grocery as an Italian wholesale market in 1937, which feels like 500 years ago based on the rapid-fire development in the buzzy ‘hood, it’s grown into one of the city’s most beloved sandwich shops. It’s the type of rare gem that perseveres no matter what, and the fact that this old-school market and sandwich stop still exists, on one of the most coveted stretches of restaurant real estate in the nation, says a lot about the business, its loyal customers, and the fourth-generation owners who keep it thriving. Today, Jim Graziano maintains the inherent charm of this authentic Italian market, while also implementing well-received additions, like offering more imported Italian grocery items, crafting habit-forming cannoli, and serving made-to-order sandwiches, stuffed to the gills with provolone, hot sopressata, prosciutto di Parma, and truffle mustard. It’s the kind of heartwarming place where the passion is palpable—in every sandwich and on every shelf—and one can only hope to keep scarfing sandwiches here for the next 85 years.
How to book: Takeout orders can be placed on the company’s website, or you can call (312) 666-4587 to order ahead as well.
This fourth-generation general store has been a West Loop staple for decades thanks to its gargantuan subs. Must-tries include the Mr. G, a monsterous pileup of imported provolone, hot sopressata, prosciutto di Parma, genoa salami, truffle mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, hot oil, marinated Roman-style artichokes, fresh basil, lettuce, red wine vinegar, and oregano. Toss in a jar of housemade hot or mild giardiniera to keep the party going long after your sandwich has been reduced to crumbs.
How to order: Stop by for counter service or order takeout online.