Passero’s homeowners will open a New York-style pizzeria on the identical block in downtown Arlington Heights

5 years after opening Passero, and three years after its growth and relocation to a bigger house, the homeowners of the favored downtown Arlington Heights restaurant are getting ready to open their newest enterprise simply down the block: an American-style pizzeria. from New York.

Chuck’s Well-known Pizza, at 6 S. Dunton Ave., is an ode to the numerous pizzerias with “well-known” of their titles that dot New York Metropolis. It was impressed by a current go to to the Massive Apple, stated Matt Peota, the previous Rick Bayless sous chef who got here out on his personal to open Passero in 2017.

“We had a administration outing in New York Metropolis and had a lightening second,” Peota stated. “There’s undoubtedly a pizza renaissance occurring proper now.”

Peota, his spouse, Rikki, and their staff deliberate to open a seafood restaurant within the Dunton Avenue retailer house vacated by the Pho An Heights Vietnamese restaurant. The truth is, the formal identify of his restricted legal responsibility firm, Chuck’s Seafood AH, was on the Monday night time agenda for the city board, which issued a liquor license for the sale of beer and wine.

The seafood idea was an outgrowth of Passero’s so-called ghost kitchen that operated in early 2021 known as Chuck’s Dockside, which provided a takeout and supply menu of clam chowder, bisque, lobster rolls, and coconut garlic shrimp. .

However the prices of shellfish like crab and lobster turned prohibitive, so that they opted for pizza.

Peota stated his pizzeria can have a vestige of that menu — baked clams, on the weekends — however will in any other case give attention to New York-style massive, folding slices and Brooklyn/Sicily-style sq. slices.


There will likely be 5 – 6 styles of pizza obtainable per slice at any given time, or you may make your individual, Peota stated. Entire truffles can even be bought.

The cold and warm heroes, what somewhere else can be known as subs, will embrace meatballs, eggplant, Parmesan cheese and turkey.

“We investigated and spent hours, days and weeks in New York Metropolis going backwards and forwards,” Peota stated. “We work with pizza makers to verify we get the recipes the precise means.”

Even the inside ornament was impressed by Gotham. Highland Park artist Carli Milstein, who grew up with Peota, designed and painted the partitions to seem like graffitied bricks.

“It is a enjoyable environment. It is all New York. We attempt to carry part of the New York streets into the restaurant,” Peota stated.

There are additionally posters of Nineties grunge and different bands like Peota favourite Nirvana on the partitions. The restaurant can have TV reveals from the period in addition to arcade video games.

Village trustees Monday night time praised Peota and his staff for opening one other restaurant downtown. Passero is down the block at 3 S. Evergreen Ave.

“I actually get pleasure from your story,” trustee John Scaletta advised Peota. “And I actually get pleasure from that they opened in a smaller place; I keep in mind going there and having to sit down on the bar as a result of there have been no seats obtainable. And it at all times had nice meals. After which (it) moved to an amazing location.” with the spherical entrance and having the outside patio, I like that quite a bit.

“It amazes me that when individuals speak about downtown Arlington Heights and speak about their favourite eating places, these are individuals who do not reside in Arlington Heights, years in the past it was at all times about La Tasca and Carlos & Carlos, and not too long ago now it is extra about de Passero. “Though I’ve nothing to do with its success, I’m very proud that persons are speaking about Passero as a result of I’m very pleased {that a} household enterprise not solely began right here however grew right here.”

Chuck’s, named after Peota’s grandfather Chuck and daughter Charlee, will open on November 30 with common hours seven days per week, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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