Berwyn, IL (October 2015) The Berwyn Development Corporation’s (BDC) Berwyn’s Best competition began in September and was fixed on finding the best local Combo Italian Beef/Italian Sausage sandwich. Buona Restaurant (6745 W Roosevelt Rd; walked home a winner with its signature combo. The sandwich starts with Italian sausage and all-natural Italian beef made from the original Buonavolanto family recipe on just-baked Italian bread. The sandwich is then topped with hot giardiniera and sweet peppers and lightly dipped in gravy.

Buona Restaurant went up against other local favorites Big Guys Sausage Stand, Bubba’s Place, Carla’s Place and Novi’s Beef. The final competition brought together a group of local judges for a taste-test event to compare each specialty combo side-by-side based on flavor, texture and presentation. Judges included Chris Lopez of Masa Uno, Inc. Tortilleria, Jeff Dahlgren of 3D Collision Repair, Alicia Plomin of the Wednesday Journal, Kathy Hurst of Hursts’ Berwyn Jewelers, Flor Infante of La Fleur Spa and Mayor Robert Lovero. Their scores along with a public poll determined the contest winner.

Don Buonavolanto reacted to the award, “With Buona Companies strongly rooted in the Berwyn community, it’s an honor to hold the title for Best Combo. Quality is of the utmost importance to us and it’s rewarding to see the family recipe succeed.”

“Berwyn’s Best” is a promotional program managed by the BDC. Look for additional Berwyn’s Best programing to sample all of the great and diverse cuisine in our community. For more information, visit

The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) markets Berwyn regionally and nationally as a prime business and leisure destination. We are here to promote Berwyn’s energy and culture to visitors and residents and to create unique development opportunities for business. The BDC is a public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn that provides economic development and Chamber of Commerce services to all segments of the Berwyn community. We are a not-for-profit membership organization that serves over 300 businesses and individuals. The BDC continually strives to develop new programs, services and events that promote the community. For more information, visit or follow the BDC at and

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