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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (April 2009) For the Fiat 500 based ``Giardiniera`` station wagon, see Autobianchi Bianchina. A common brand of imported giardiniera from Dell' Alpe that contains peppers, soybean oil, celery, olives, vinegar, salt and spices.

Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil. Giardiniera is available as either mild or hot. Hot giardiniera is often referred to as ``Hot Mix``.

Common vegetables in the Italian version, also called sotto aceti, include onions, celery, zucchini, carrots and cauliflower, pickled vegetables in red- or white-wine vinegar. It is typically eaten as an antipasto, or with salads.

However, in Chicago, giardiniera is a condiment, typically used as a topping on Italian beef sandwiches. Giardiniera is commonly made with serrano peppers and some combination of other assorted vegetables, such as bell peppers, olives, celery, pimentos, carrots and cauliflower and sometimes crushed red pepper flakes, all marinated in vegetable oil, olive oil, soybean oil or any combination of the three oils.

A 1964 advertisement in the Chicago Tribune offered ``Dell'Alpe Imported Italian Giardiniera,`` consisting of ``peppers, celery, onions, capers, pimento in vegetable oil and wine vinegar,`` three 8-ounce jars for $1.[1]

The word giardiniera in Italian literally translates to ``female gardener.`` It is derived from the root giardino, which means ``garden.``


^ ``Dominick's`` supermarket advertisement. Chicago Tribune. June 18, 1964. p. 2-12

External links

RoadFood's Giardiniera recipe Giardiniera and Italian Beef recipes. IL Primo Giardiniera Video, including history