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Who Makes the Best Spiedies in the Southern Tier?

Traci Taylor
Traci Taylor

My aunt and cousin came to visit from Florida and neither had ever had a spiedie and I told them that I wasn’t about to let them visit Binghamton and leave without having one. I mean, that would be like going to Maine and not having lobster or to Vermont and not trying maple syrup.

Trying to explain to my family what a spiedie is proved to be interesting. I could see the confusion on their faces as I told them that a spiedie is basically marinated hunks of meat grilled and served on bread or a bun. They said they thought the word “spiedie” was a strange one and didn’t understand why we don’t just come out and say that it’s hunks of marinated meat.

The word “spiedie” really isn’ t as odd as you’d think. The word “spiedie” comes from the Italian word spiedo meaning spit or spiedini referring to cubes or balls of meat cooked on a skewer. It all makes sense now, doesn’t it?

My husband has had an insatiable taste for spiedies lately. Since we’re all about patronizing local businesses and since I don’t think Jay’s spiedie craving will be going away any time soon, we’re on a mission to visit as many local places as we can for the deliciousness that is the spiedie.  Will you help us out? Leave a comment below with the name of the place you believe serves up the best spiedies around!

[via Oxford Dictionary]

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