Food And Drinks

Chicago couple brings authentic Italian beef sandwiches to Metro Detroit food stand


HAZEL PARK, MI – His family is Italian and he is from Chicago. Now he’s brought his homemade Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich family recipe to Metro Detroit. We tried the food at Matt & Mo’s Italian Beef in Hazel Park to see if it was as good as a place we crave when we go to Chicago, Portillo’s.

The takeaway is in Doug’s Delight Ice Cream Shop at 24110 John R. Road. Owners Matt and Mo Marzullo said they wanted to bring the family recipe to Metro Detroit as there aren’t very many places in the area where you can find the authentic Chicago style Italian beef can be found.

“I am originally from here. I met Matt when I moved to Chicago. We wanted to come back here because I wanted to be close to my family, ”Mo Marzullo told MLive. “We came up with the idea of ​​making Italian beef because it really doesn’t exist here. We started our food truck and drove it across southeast Michigan to get the word out. Our goal has always been to have a food stand, and that’s where we are now. “

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Making homemade, authentic Italian beef is quite a process. It takes two days per batch. As Matt Marzullo jokingly put it, it’s a pain in knowing what.

“We start with an Au Jus for the base. Then we add more than a dozen spices. We put the top round in a pan and sauté with garlic and other spices for an hour. Once we’ve brought the au jus to a boil, we pour it into the pans and roast the beef for five hours. Then we strain the Au Jus, which we now call liquid gold. Then everything cools down for 24 hours. The next day we warm up the beef, cut off all the fat and cut it very thinly. We then reheat the Au Jus and pour it back in, and that’s how we do it. “

If you want to sound like an authentic Chicago Italian, tell them “I’ll have a hot sweet beef” when you order. It’s an Italian beef sandwich with hot Giardiniera peppers and sweet sautéed green peppers. The sandwich is then dipped or dipped in the Au Jus. It takes the perfect type of bread to withstand real immersion.

“We get the bread from the Turano Baking Company in Chicago,” said Matt Marzullo. “It’s a bread with a high gluten content so it will withstand the juice when dipped. Many people tell us that they don’t want bread that is wet. Neither do I. This bread should stick together. It’s really just great. “

How does the Italian beef here compare to one of my favorite places, Portillo? I can’t believe I’m about to put this in writing because I love Portillo’s Italian beef sandwiches so much, but Matt and Mo’s taste was absolutely great. Dare I say I enjoyed it a little more than Portillo?


Along with Italian beef sandwiches (US $ 10.50), Matt and Mo’s serves Italian sausage sandwiches (US $ 7.50), a combination sandwich made from Italian beef and Italian sausage (US $ 12.50), a caprese sandwich US $ 9.50, regular fries or Sriracha and 1,000 island fries ($ 3.50 + $ 1.50 for cheese), toasted four cheese ravioli ($ 6.50), Chicago hot dog ($ 5), and a coney dog ​​($ 3.50).

Doug’s Delight Ice Cream Shop serves Guernsey ice cream in its scoops, shakes and “Dougie’s”. There are also soft serve, slushies, Boston coolers, ice cream sundaes, banana splits, cookie sandwiches and much more.


  • Wed., 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (food closes at 8 p.m., ice cream open until 9 p.m.)
  • Thursday – Sunday, noon – 9 p.m. (food closes at 8 a.m., ice cream open until 9 p.m.)
  • Closed Monday & Tuesday


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