Bartolini’s Restaurant
Chicago, IL
Legendary Chicago Meatballs Pizza & More

America's Best Spaghetti & Meatballs


MSN & The Daily Meal, January 2017

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We couldn’t be more excited to be the first to ship and deliver the specialties of Bartolini’s. Since its 1995 opening, Bartolini’s Restaurant has lured food lovers to Midlothian, IL (on Chicago’s south side), with a promise of magnificent food at fair prices. At the heart of the success are brothers Christopher and Dominic Bartolini, who attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY before setting out to create Italian beef, superior pizza, and meatballs so spectacular, they’ve been named one of the 20 best places in America for meatballs by The Daily Meal. Now you can get their regional specialties shipped straight to your door!

About The Food

If you want a truly magnificent meatball, you’ve just found it. Bartolini’s is a perfectly sized, impeccably seasoned, utterly juicy beef and pork Meatball made from an expertly crafted original recipe created by their Grandfather more than 70 years ago. Made with the best ingredients and cooked in spectacular “Red Gravy,” these meatballs are now available for nationwide shipping the first time! Shipped on their own, or as part of a build-your-own sandwich kit complete with fresh Chicago French bread, thick-sliced mozzarella, sweet peppers and their homemade hot Giardiniera peppers, they’re the stuff food bucket-lists are made of. And the pizza??? Fuhgettaboutit!

Meet The Owners

Brothers Christopher and Dominic Bartolini are Chicago’s Meatball Kings. Culinary Institute of America grads, they take making meatballs and other Italian-influenced Chicago specialties and supporting their community very seriously. Each year, they sponsor the annual Bartolini's Meatball Eating Contest for charity. When in Chicago you can also stop in and attempt the Bartolini 10-lb Meatball Sandwich, a 3-foot French bread monster sandwich topped with 5 pounds (40!) of their world famous meatballs, 1½ pounds of red gravy, 1½ pounds of melted mozzarella and 1 pound of roasted sweet or hot Giardiniera peppers. Compete on your own or as a 2, 3, or 4-person team, and if you can finish the 10-pounder, it’s FREE! (if you beat the 1-person record you’ll win the Bartolini Bounty – a cool $500!)


America's Best Spaghetti & Meatballs


MSN & The Daily Meal, January 2017

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Shipping Days
Low Flat-Rate Shipping for Bartolini's Restaurant

At FoodyDirect we are doing everything we can to drive down shipping costs for our customers, including offering Low Flat-Rate Shipping.

$9.95 Ground Shipping - If your shipping address is reachable from Bartolini's via UPS Ground service within two days (as indicated by the orange zone in the shipping map), you will be presented with $9.95 Shipping upon checkout.
$ 29.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is beyond 2-day ground reach (as indicated by the gray zone in the shipping map), you will be presented with a flat rate of $ 29.95 for UPS 2-Day Air upon checkout. This rate will be applied per shipping box. You will be presented with the actual shipping rate before finalizing your purchase.

Next Day Air service and Saturday delivery may be available for an additional charge. Service to Alaska and Hawaii is available for an additional fee (sorry). Service outside the U.S. currently not available.

Orders are shipped Tuesday through Thursday, except holidays. Orders placed by 7 PM (ET) can be shipped the following day. The max allowable transit time for all items is 2 days. Perishable items cannot be shipped over a weekend and cannot be delivered on Sunday or Monday.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances can delay your shipment. We strongly recommend that you schedule your order to arrive at least 1 business day before your desired usage date to allow for any delays.

Shipping Options

The following shipping options are available depending upon the delivery date selected and reflect the max allowable transit time of two days:

Ground Shipping (1-2 Days) - If a customer’s shipping address is reachable via UPS Ground service within 2 days, they will be presented with a $9.95 SHIPPING upon checkout. Orders will be delivered via UPS Ground service on or before the selected arrival date, between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM to residences, and between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to businesses.

2nd-Day Air - If the shipping address is not reachable within 2 days via UPS Ground service, the customer will be presented with $29.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. The order will be shipped via UPS 2-Day Air and will be delivered on or before the end of the second business day following shipment (unless upgrading to Saturday delivery). Delivery time can vary based on area, but can be as late as 8:00 p.m. to residences and 5:00 p.m. to businesses.

UPS Next Day Air Saver - Your package will be delivered on the next business day after it has been shipped - by 3 PM to most addresses, by 4:30 PM to rural addresses. The flat-rate for Next Day Air Saver is $39.95.

UPS Next Day Air (AM Delivery) - Your package will be delivered the next business day after it has shipped, by 12 Noon to most addresses. The flat rate for Next Day Air is $44.95.

Saturday Delivery - Saturday delivery is available via UPS 2-Day service for an additional charge of $20 per package (for a total of $49.95). Deliveries are made between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, depending upon delivery address.
Once your order has shipped, you will receive a ship notification email with a tracking number for each package in your order. When your order has been delivered, you will also receive a delivery notification email.

For complete shipping details we encourage you to visit our General Shipping and Packaging Information page.

Packaging & Delivery

All goods from Bartolini's Restaurant are shipped in recyclable containers with enough coolant to assure they arrive in excellent condition within the max allowable transit time of 2 days.

All orders are shipped signature release. This means FedEx will leave the package at the doorstep, front desk or gate associated with the shipping address without requiring a signature upon delivery. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the contents of the package are stored in a freezer or refrigerator promptly after delivery. FoodyDirect cannot be responsible for orders with incomplete or invalid addresses, or that are sent to recipients who are not available to store the contents of the order on the day of arrival. FedEx cannot deliver to a P.O. box.

Storage & Care

Bread: If frozen, defrost. Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees. Bake bread for 8-10 Minutes until Golden Brown. Remove and let sit at room temp.

Meatballs (Thawed): Remove Plastic Film from tray, transfer meatballs and red gravy into an over-safe casserole or baking dish with cover or foil and bake in 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

Italian Beef (Thawed): Bring Juice to a Boil. Add Beef to Hot Juice, Stir for about 20-30 seconds max as not to over Cook the Beef.

Sausage (Thawed): Bring to a Boil in the Juice and simmer for 10-12 minutes. For added flavor-Cook on Hot BBQ Grill for 8-10 Minutes to achieve a nice char on the sausage.

Making the Sandwiches: Slice Bread ¾ the way through. Add 3 meatballs per sandwich and Cover with Red Gravy. Add Peppers, Cover with 2 Slices of Mozzarella Cheese and Bake face-up on foil-lined baking sheet until melted - about 5-6 Minutes. Enjoy!