Buona is honored to announce its partnership with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo to help raise funds for his foundation, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. The family-owned restaurant group has worked with Rizzo to develop "The Rizzo Way" of preparing three classic sandwiches: the original Italian Beef, Sausage, and Italian Beef and Sausage Combo. For every sandwich ordered the Rizzo Way—topped with red gravy, Mozzarella, and Provolone cheese—Buona will donate a portion of the proceeds to the foundation, which helps patients and families who are facing the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis. Rizzo himself is a cancer survivor.
"Anthony Rizzo and his foundation are the perfect partners for the Buona family," says second-generation executive Joe Buonavolanto. "Anthony's tenacity and personal commitment to family and community dovetails with our philosophy."
In March of 2016, Buona and the Cubs organization penned a three-year agreement making Buona both the "Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs" and a brand that is "Proudly Served at Wrigley Field."
Buona's goal is to sell more than 250,000 Rizzo Way sandwiches to help raise money for the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. Consumers can support the cause by ordering a sandwich the Rizzo Way at any of Buona's 19 Chicagoland locations.