New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
IT’S A JERSEY THING!
The Italian Hot Dog
If you’re from north Jersey, especially near Newark, you are no doubt familiar with the Italian Hot Dog. According to James Racioppi, owner of Jimmy Buff’s, it was his grandparents who created the specialty.
Legend has it that Mary Racioppi fed her husband’s weekly card game friends with a concoction of especially satisfying hot dogs beginning in the 1930s. With all the fixings, they were a meal in a bun, and it wasn’t long before friends began coming over just to eat. That’s when Mary & her husband, James decided to open their sandwich store at 14th & 9th in Newark, NJ.
The dogs are fried to a crusty exterior in soybean oil, stuffed into fresh Italian bread pockets, and filled with sautéed onions, peppers & potatoes. Condiments may include mustard, marinara sauce, hot onion relish or ketchup. Enhancing the comfort food of this regional specialty, is the rich history of local family in every bite.
Have you had one recently?