Buona Announces Partnership with Anthony Rizzo and the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation with "The Rizzo Way" Italian Beef Sandwich

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Chicago's Original Italian Beef Supports Chicago Cubs First Baseman's Foundation

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," said 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. Find the nearest location at Buona.com.

About Buona Restaurants
The first Buona restaurant began serving Chicago's original Italian beef in Berwyn, IL in 1981. Founded by Buonavolanto patriarch Joe Buonavolanto, Sr., the chain will expand to nineteen locations by the end of 2016, while remaining family-owned and furthering a legacy that is equal parts family values, innovation, and adaptation. The group is defining the next-generation beef stand as a place that is the perfect blend of old-school indulgence in Chicago classics and next generation menu choices - made with a focus on fresh, scratch-made food. While the menu has expanded, the original beef recipe has not been compromised - for the three generations of Buonavolantos who are active in the company, comprise and quality are never uttered in the same breath.

Buona is the Official Beef of the Chicago Cubs and is proudly served at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. The restaurant's iconic sandwich is one of Steve Dolinsky's Top Italian Beefs in Chicagoland. For more information, visit Buona online at http://www.buona.com, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter or Instagram.

About Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo. Anthony realized during his own battle with cancer that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was for him, it was even more difficult for his family. Anthony believes that an individual does not battle cancer alone, but that the whole family battles it together. The Mission of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease. The Foundation is run entirely by Anthony's family, his close friends and his management team with Anthony providing oversight and leadership. All of us at the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation believe that every family deserves a fighting chance.

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