Cincinnati: Skyline Chili
Cincinnati chili, or "Cincinnati-style chili", is a regional style of chili characteristically served over spaghetti or as a coney sauce. Invented by Greek immigrants Tom and John Kiradjieff, who began serving the chili in 1922 at their hot dog stand, next to a burlesque theater called the Empress, cincinnati Chili is served in different ways: a coney, topped on a hotdog with mustard, onions and cheese; 3-ways, topped on spaghetti with cheese; 4-ways, which adds beans or onions, and 5-ways, which adds both beans and onions.
Skyline Chili was founded in 1949 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides. Lambrinides, who had honed his recipe while working as a chef for Empress Chili restaurant, opened his first restaurant, which has since been demolished, on Glenway Avenue near the top of Price Hill. The family opened a second restaurant in 1953 and the business took off in the 1960s. By the end of hte century, there were 110 Skyline retaurants, mostly in Ohio but extending into Kentucky, Indiana and Florida. After Lambrinides died in 1962, his sons continued to operate and expand the company, finally selling it to Fleet Equity Partners in 1998. Today Skyline Chili is synonomous with Cincinnati-stlye chili.
Explore: Sep 5, 2006