About CJ

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Who is Chicago Johnny? Chicago Johnny's began as a giardiniera company out of my parent's basement. My cousins, aunts, uncles, & parents spent hours slicing 10 gallons of serrano peppers, 20 pounds of carrots, 30 heads of cauliflower.... We bottled in Mason jars, filled them with oil & seasonings, & took a gluestick to each bottle & wrapped them in home printed labels. I drove from small Italian market to small Italian market selling cases of homemade giardiniera out of my 1989 Volvo missing a muffler, no heat, burnt out interior lighting, windows that didn't roll up, broken fuel gauge.... And now I have bottled unique sauces, incredible spice mixes, the famous Chicago Johnny's Giardiniera, & released a family recipe for Italian sausage 4 generations old, a recipe I've been making since I was 5 years old. My aim is to make products that are unlike anything you've had before. All handmade, locally in Chicagoland, & Chicago Friggin' Delicious!