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Chef Tony Gargano’s Osteria Bigolaro in Geneva to Participate in Baconfest Chicago 2019

Mar 27, 2019 02:25PM ● By Hannah Ott

Geneva Tony Gargano, chef and owner of trendy Osteria Bigolaro in Geneva, is pleased to announce his restaurant will be participating in Baconfest Chicago on Saturday, April 6 from 11-3pm. 

The event, which is eleven years strong, partners with over 140 of the Chicago area’s hottest chefs, mixologists, brewers, artisan bacon-makers and “bacontrepreneurs” - who prepare small samples of food and drinks all made with the same main ingredient: bacon.

Baconfest Chicago, a nationally renowned, locally beloved festival, attracts thousands of bacon lovers who relish in sampling hundreds of bacon dishes and drinks over the course of two days. 

Osteria Bigolaro, which specializes in authentic, Italian fare, will feature “Baby Got Carb,” their creative spin on Carbonara. It includes a parmesan cheese mousse, sous-vide egg yolk and fried, fresh pasta.

“I’m pleased that Osteria Bigolaro has been selected to participate in Baconfest Chicago this year,” said chef/owner, Tony Gargano. “My goal in opening the restaurant a year and a half ago was to offer diners in the Geneva, Illinois and surrounding area, a five-star Italian dining experience like you’d find in Chicago or Italy, but in a casual setting. At Baconfest we’ll be able to share samples of our unique take on Italian food that will inspire foodies in the city and the burbs to come dine with us.”

Baconfest cofounder, Seth Zurer, commented, “We partner with some of the finest restaurants in the Chicago and surrounding areas, and have a lot of new restaurants participating at Baconfest Chicago this year. Osteria Bigolaro is one of the new restaurants we selected because they are a perfect fit. Chef Tony and his team are receiving rave reviews and it’s great that they can leverage the event to raise awareness of their hidden gem in Geneva.”

Baconfest Chicago will be held April 5 & 6th at the UIC Dorin Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

About Osteria Bigolaro: Osterias found throughout Italy, are casual and inexpensive restaurants that traditionally serve wine and simple food. Today, there is more emphasis on the food, many offering several homemade dishes on the menu. A “bigolaro” is a vintage pasta extruder found in Northern Italy. Osteria Bigolaro is the vision of chef Tony Gargano who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and studied under artisan dough makers in Italy. The restaurant serves authentic, Italian food identical to dishes in Italy, with handmade pasta, bread, and a sommelier-designed wine list. To learn more about Chef Tony Gargano and Osteria Bigolaro visit­­­­­

About Baconfest Chicago: Baconfest Chicago holds its eleventh tasting event on April 5 and 6, 2019 at the UIC Dorin Forum (725 West Roosevelt). Ticket holders gain access to a bacon-wonderland where the city's best chefs hand out amazing creative bacon dishes. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon products. The best mixologists and brewers hand out bacon-inspired cocktails, beer, and wine. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, Baconfest gives out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world). Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. In addition to hosting a food drive and raffle at the event, Baconfest Chicago donates a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Since 2009, Baconfest’s support has resulted in nearly $440,000 for Chicago's food bank, which translates into more than 1,300,000 meals for hungry people in the area. To learn more, visit

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