Noted Chef Cristiano Bassani Opens Big Chef Burgers In Schaumburg

Chef Cristiano Bassani, owner of the popular Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights, opens Big Chef Burgers, a new gourmet burger and pizza restaurant in Schaumburg, Ill on January 7. Located at 1602 E. Algonquin Rd. (just east of Meacham Rd.) (telephone: 847-221-8539;, 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' d�cor 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% lean ground 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. Each of the sides can also be ordered separately for $3.50.

Bassani has created a varied menu of burgers that reflects his inspired culinary passion. 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 delight that includes Jalape�o, 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.

Bassani is proud of his signature burger creation, The Big Chef Burger. This $20 larger-than-life extravaganza is meant for hungry connoisseurs of classic all-American burgers: one full pound of fresh ground angus beef topped with American cheese, saut�ed onion, wild mushrooms bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

Pizzas are prepared with Bassani's chef's touch in the wood-fired brick oven

Pizza aficionados will be thrilled that Bassani has adorned his menu with a mouth-watering selection


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