Chicago's Big Chef, Chef Cristiano Bassani, opens his newest restaurant in Schamburg, Big Chef Burgers. This casual restaurant features fresh gourmet burgers, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, homemade gelato milkshakes, artisan salads and desserts.
Chicago foodies have praised Chef Bassani's other restaurant, Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights. The "big chef," who stands at 6'9", has a great love of food that he brings to his culinary style.
"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."
For the hearty appetites, the namesake's burger, the Big Chef Burger, does not disappoint. An all-American favorite, this burger is one full pound of fresh ground Angus beef topped with American cheese, sautéed onion, wild mushrooms bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
All burgers offers full half-pound of fresh 75% lean ground hormone-free Angus beef. Guests can choose their choice of bun-regular, pretzel, or onion-and 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.
A few burger highlights include the Truffle Burger, Swiss Cheese, Truffle Oil, Fried Egg, Tomato, Lettuce and Onion.;the Italian Burger, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Arugula, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Onions; the Spicy Burger, a Mexican-inspired delight that includes Jalapeño, Guacamole, Tomato, Onion, Lettuce and Spicy Mayonnaise.
In addition to the burgers, Big Chef Burgers offer a selection of wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. Guests can enjoy classics like Margarita or the Pizza Con Buffalo Mozzarella Prosciutto Crudo Rucola E Pomodorini, with fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, fresh baby arugula, and cherry tomatoes, or the Pizza Con Pancetta E Grana with homemade tomato sauce, pancetta, and shaved fresh Parmesan cheese.
A meal wouldn't be complete without a sweet treat. Dessert options include Panna Cotta with Carmel Sauce; Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream; Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries, and gelato milkshakes and malts.
Big Chef Burgers, located at 1602 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg, Illinois. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. For more information, please call Big Chef Burgers at (847) 221-8539 or visit the website at www.bigchefburgers.com.