Big Chef Burgers to OpenJanuary 8, 2014
Chef Cristiano Bassani, owner of Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights, opens Big Chef Burgers, a new gourmet burger and pizza restaurant in Schaumburg, Illonois on January 7. Big Chef Burgers is a casual and relaxed full-service restaurant that features fresh gourmet burgers, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, homemade gelato milkshakes, artisan salads, and desserts. Full bar service and private dining is available. To Bassani’s many fans, the term “big chef” is more than a euphemism. This highly respected 6’6″ culinarian, with a gentle style and a great love of food, has endeared himself to the many foodies who flock to Bapi. ”I’ve been living in the Chicago area for many years, and I’ve always had the desire to open a great burger or pizza joint in the northwest suburbs that raises the bar,” says Italian-born and raised Bassani. “Big Chef Burgers is going to be the best of both worlds and, clearly, a cut above the rest. We’re offering full-sit down service and great reasonably-priced food that’s locally sourced. The menu includes artisan Neapolitan pizza made in our large wood-fired brick oven. We also will serve some tasty fresh salads. An added treat will be our homemade gelato-based malts and milkshakes, not to mention the desserts, which are chosen from among my most popular. The mood is very casual and homey, with a simple touch of style and sophistication. I’m confident everyone will have a great time and a great meal.”
Big Chef Burgers’ décor is modern and comfortable. The restaurant has a dining bar that overlooks the open kitchen and a main dining room with plentiful table seating. There also is a bar/lounge area with high-top tables, serving original cocktails, “adult-fortified” milkshakes, wines and craft beers. For events, there is a private, A/V-equipped room that accommodates up to 20 people for meetings or celebrations. Outside catering also is available. The burgers are big, made from fresh hormone-free Angus beef Big Chef Burgers are made from a full half-pound of fresh 75 percent lean ground hormone-free Angus beef. Guests can choose their choice of bun-regular, pretzel, or onion. Each burger comes with a generous side, choice of fresh cut French fries, fresh cut sweet potato fries, fresh cut homemade potato chips, onion rings, mashed potatoes, or cole slaw.