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By Joe Block 

Around the Block


January 17, 2019

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An Italian Beef

Portillo's will be coming to Madison this spring, and Giordano's will soon bring Chicago-style stuffed pizza. A born and bred Chicagoan transplanted to Wisconsin, I miss the food most of all.

But it's not just me.

While interviewing one of my high school interns this fall, somehow the topic of Portillo's came up, and he told me how twice a year his family makes a pilgrimage down south to partake in Portillo's. I somberly explained to him that, due to that fact, he and I had bonded in a deep and meaningful way.

My teenage years are interwoven with the classic Chicago-style mom-and-pop hot do...

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