HOME > Chowhound > Chicago Area >


Italian Sausage Source Needed

  • g

Can anyone point me to some Chicagoland mail order places that sell Italian sausage? I need it for pizza and Chicago simply has the best (IMO) Italian sausage for this purpose.

Testimonials, links would be greatly appreciated.

[FWIW, thanks to anyone who replied to my post yesterday, which was deleted. Can the moderators edify me on this? ]

Alternately, recipes for making said sausage would be great, too.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Check out a recent thread on that very subject:

    Link: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?s...

    2 Replies
    1. re: michael m.

      These are all great places, but does any of these places do mail order? I would love to send fresh Chicago Italian sausage to family on the west coast. Last year I tried to send Al's cooked sausages. I wanted to send 5lb and the shipping costs was crazy. I think it was around $70.00 just for shipping with dry ice. The last time my brother was in town he took back 2 doz Johnnie's sausages at $1.25 a piece. But for some reason you have to buy 3lb beef @ $7.50lb with a sausage order. Which is fine, who doesn't want Johnnie's Beef?

      1. re: Kim

        For my money, the very best Italian sausage comes from a store in Chicago Heights named, aptly, The Specialty Shop. They make their own sausage, which comes mild, hot or fennel flavored. In addition to lots of imported Italian foods and homemade products, they also sell jars of dried sausage which they make in the back room. The dried sausage is not always available, but my husband is addicted to the stuff. The Specialty Shop is located in a little strip mall at Joe Orr Road and Dixie Highway. I have no idea if they mail order anything, but, again, their sausage is the greatest.

    2. You might try googling to chicago style foods for places that ship those foods, but it's usually expensive packages that include other stuff as well.
      Your best bet is to buy good sausage, Bari on Grand is one, freeze it in a cooler and send it overnight shipping via UPS. If you send it frozen in the afternoon for 10:30 arrival it will hold. Might as well send some giardinaras as well! good luck

      1. the best italian sausage I've had in the state:

        Graziano Bros
        1601 South Union Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

        you can get it at most local marts. fair price.

        1 Reply
        1. re: blas

          Hello Blas!

          Have you ever tried a venison Italian sausage? You can get it at Broken Arrow Ranch in Texas!

        2. Here's the Master of sausage recipe links:
          I would also suggest DiGregario's in St. Louis which is where I buy all my salsiccia and other Italian sausages both fresh and cured:

          1. Alpine Sub Shop is tops. North Ave in Elmwood Park.

            1. Specialty shop has been closed for over a year.
              Actually, Boback's isn't bad and will help you ship

              1. Tenuta's in Kenosha, WI is my favorite:
                For some reason, the food in Wisconsin just tastes better (I guess cuz they don't skimp!). We drive all the way from Chicago to go there.

                1. BARI @ 1120 W Grand Ave!!! Awesome selection! And, while you're there, pick up a sub for lunch - they are unbelievable!

                  1. Tony's Italian Deli on Northwest Highway in Chicago (Edison Park) has the BEST Italian sausage. Sorry, I don't have a phone number handy and I'm not sure if they have a website but they are the best. The sweet Italian sausage is perfect and the hot will blow you away (in a good way.)

                    1. Elmwood Park is definitely the source for Italian Specialties. There are numerous deli's and butchers along North Avenue and Harlem Avenue. Stop by Jim & Pete's on North for lunch or dinner or Jonny's Beef for a quick beef and sausage fix...great stuff!
                      I second Alpine Sub shop on North Avenue in Elmwood Park.
                      Minelli's on Northwest Hywy on the northside has a great butcher shop with fantastic Italian Sausage. Stick to mild or regular. The hot is overpowering. Great homemade sauces, pastas, lasagna's, etc, foods by Mama Minelli.

                      The Bobak's recommendation is a good one but not for Italian Sausage. This butcher shop is pretty amazing...it's Polish though. Also try Gilmarts on Archer Avenue or Kurowski's on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square for fantastic butcher shops. Gimart & Bobaks serve great food as well.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: amoncada

                        Your Elmwood Park recommendation is right on. Do you know any of the good ones there that will ship sausage across country?

                      2. I have to say Notoli Sausage about 7500 W. Belmont in Chicago (its in the "O" streets)
                        While I love an Alpine Sandwich and eat there weekly, their sausage no way compares to Notoli's.

                        For the poster who said that Johnnies only sells 3 pounds at a time. This is o to avoid people from buying a pound and making it at home. You can't even do a walk in order there, you have to order on a Tuesday for a weekend pick up.

                        Any guesses on where I live :)

                        1. Randolph Packing. Many pizza places buy from here. Maybe they will ship to you. http://www.randolphpacking.com/brands...

                          1. Hello Gravey.P, first of all my reply finds you three years plus in the rears but it's never too late for Good Italian Sausage. by the way great web site! CHOW. Like yourself I too am looking for a (Chicago) recipe to make some of my own but I know of a great place in Wiscosin that these guys moved from Chicago about 50 yrs ago and make their own sausage and you can order from them. I was there about 8 yrs ago and still get a craven for their pizza's 920-725-2816, www.crankypats.com Did you ever find a recipe for Chicago style italian sausage ? if so please respond back. Good luck Eyvonne T.

                            1. The Best Chicago Has is

                              BARI FOOD PRODUCTS, INC.
                              710 Schneider Drive
                              South Elgin, IL 60177
                              Phone: 847-695-7555 Fax: 847-695-0809


                              Fabbri Sausage MFG CO
                              (312) 829-6363 (312) 829-0396 (fax
                              )166 N Aberdeen Street, Chicago, IL 60607

                              1. Hello Garvey,

                                I use a wonderful Venison Italian Sausage for my pizza. You can get it at Broken Arrow Ranch in Texas. Good Luck! Kay

                                1. Sorry I am so late, but I have great news. Al's #1 on Taylor Street ships everything, even Italian Sausage. I am sure you can probably call and they'll just send sausage, but why not go for their combo boxes and get some beef and hot dogs. I am in San Francisco and order occasionally for the yummy food of my youth. I hope this isn't too late and you've already moved back home !!! Enjoy .....


                                  1. theres a place in maywood a little store and butcher you can call ahead for the sausage they even have it with the peppers in it
                                    the name leaves me but starts with a z - if they are still around they were a little store

                                    1. The only Italian sausage I like is from: Joseph's 8235 W Irving Park Rd
                                      Chicago, IL 60634
                                      (773) 625-0118. I've never been there but my inlaws buy it for us.