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Big Chef Burgers opens in Schaumburg, Ill.

Paradise Burger at Big Chef Burgers in Schaumburg, Ill.
Paradise Burger at Big Chef Burgers in Schaumburg, Ill.
© Kurman Communications, used with permission.

Chef Cristiano Bassani, owner of Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights, has opened Big Chef Burgers in Schaumburg, Ill. The full-service restaurant features affordable fresh gourmet burgers, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, homemade gelato malts and milkshakes, artisan salads and desserts. Full bar service and private dining also are available.

Chef Cristiano Bassani opens Big Chef Burgers in Schaumburg, Ill.
© Kurman Communications, used with permission.

Big Chef Burgers has a dining bar that overlooks the open kitchen and a main dining room with table seating. There also is a bar/lounge area with high-top tables, serving original cocktails, "adult-fortified" milkshakes, wines and craft beers.

The burgers are big, half-pound behemoths made from fresh hormone-free Angus beef. Guests can choose their choice of bun -- regular, pretzel, or onion -- and each burger comes with a side choice of fresh-cut French fries, fresh-cut sweet-potato fries, fresh-cut homemade potato chips, onion rings, mashed potatoes or cole slaw. Each of the sides can also be ordered separately for $3.50.

Consider these burger options -- The Truffle Burger ($12) comes with Swiss cheese, truffle oil, fried egg, tomato, lettuce and onion; The Italian Burger ($10) features fresh buffalo mozzarella, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and onions; The Spicy Burger ($9) is a Mexican-inspired version that includes jalapeño, guacamole, tomato, onion, lettuce and spicy mayonnaise.

The Turkey Burger ($10) is made from ground turkey with provolone cheese, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. The Paradise Burger ($12) is an Angus beef burger with grilled shrimp, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, and tarragon mayo. The Bacon Burger ($10) is topped with spicy Cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

The Big Chef Burger ($20) is one full pound of freshly ground Angus beef topped with American cheese, sautéed onion, wild mushrooms, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

The selection of wood-fired 12-inch Neapolitan pizzas include the Pizza Margarita ($8) with homemade tomato sauce, fresh basil and mozzarella; the Quattro Stagioni ($8), topped with homemade tomato sauce, Italian ham, artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, and black olives; and the Pizza Vegetariana ($8), made with homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, roasted pepper, grilled eggplant, zucchini, and sautéed spinach.

Cheese lovers will appreciate the Pizza Quattro Formaggi ($8) with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, brie, and fontinella cheeses. Meat fans will delight in the Pizza Salsiccia E Cipolla ($8) with homemade tomato sauce, handmade mild Italian sausage, onion and mozzarella cheese. Mushroom lovers will enjoy the Pizza Con Prosciutto Cotto E Funghi ($8) with homemade tomato sauce, sautéed mushrooms, Italian ham, and mozzarella cheese. Cured meat fans will enjoy the Pizza Con Buffalo Mozzarella Prosciutto Crudo Rucola E Pomodorini ($12), with fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, fresh baby arugula, and cherry tomatoes, or the Pizza Con Pancetta E Grana ($8) with homemade tomato sauce, pancetta, and shaved fresh Parmesan cheese.

Big Chef Burgers also offers an authentic Calzone ($8), and an extensive assortment of side and main-course salads.

Gelato milkshakes and malts ($4.50) are available in chocolate mint, strawberry, vanilla, banana peanut butter, and mocha cappuccino flavors. Artisan desserts ($5 each) include Panna Cotta with Carmel Sauce; Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream; Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries; Apple Tart with Cinnamon; Vanilla or Chocolate Gelato.

Big Chef Burgers
1602 E. Algonquin Road (just east of Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60159
11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

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