Roast Beef: A New England Staple

Every region in America has its culinary specialties, and New England is no different. In fact, New England and the greater Boston area might even have more than other parts of the country. We’ve got clam chowder, lobster rolls, grinders (or whatever you call them), and—most importantly—roast beef. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that we take roast beef pretty seriously at Rizzo’s Roast Beef & PIzza. Because we have a passion for good food, we think it’s important to recognize the origins behind it. How else are you going to know what you’re eating? Here, your favorite Lowell roast beef place delves into the wonderful world of the roast beef sandwich.

North Shore Origins

Some people try to claim that the roast beef sandwich originated in places other than Boston or the North Shore, but we can’t believe that’s true. There are even people who claim that the roast beef sandwich started in Chicago! But if you’ve ever seen what passes for a roast beef sandwich in the West, you’ll wonder how anyone could even think that. Some beef on a bun does not make a roast beef sandwich.

The roast beef sandwich as we know it, thin slices of rare beef on a roll, has more than one origin story, but the best-known version involves a canceled wedding in 1951. As the story goes, Kelly’s in Revere, MA, had a whole roast beef left over after a couple canceled their wedding. Not wanting to waste that much quality beef, they sliced it up and served it at their hot dog stand. It was a hit, and it still remains Kelly’s most popular item to this day.

The best way to enjoy Lowell roast beef is ...

While all you really need to make a roast beef sandwich is beef and bread (and maybe a little salt), most people agree it’s best with a few toppings. The most popular toppings are barbeque sauce, cheese (usually American, placed on the bottom so it doesn’t slide off), and mayo. Pickles, horseradish, lettuce, and tomato are also popular additions to the classic sandwich.

Lowell Roast Beef | Rizzo’s

Hungry? Then it’s time to order late night delivery from Rizzo’s! Whether you go for our classic roast beef sandwich or pizza, you’ll be happy you gave us a try.

Contact us at 978-770-0664 for pickup or delivery!


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