Am I the only person out here who has NEVER had an Italian hot dog? Is this because I grew up in East Orange? Are only Newarkers "in the know?" I feel sooooo ignorant. From the bits and pieces I've gathered from the various discussions on this website over the years, I have learned that it includes potatoes and onions. Would someone please describe exactly what this concocoction is, how it is cooked (deep fry, grilled?). how it is constructed, and whether there are essential differences between specimens from Dickie Dee's and Jimmy Buff's. And does Italian hot dog refer to Italian sausage or is it really a true frankfurter? I beg to be enlightened!!