Raleigh, N.C. — Restauranteurs Vincent Barresi and Christopher Bender are opening Italian restaurant BigBoom, in the former Red Room tapas space at 510 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, this weekend. They will be open on Sunday (Mother's Day). Since the entire menu might not be offered, they will instead be doing a customized dinner from 4-9 p.m. For about $15 per person, just tell them what you like to eat and if you have any allergies. They will come up with something delicious in the kitchen. The concept is part of something Bender and Barresi hope will catch on with customers. Even when the full menu is offered, for a set price the chef will prepare a family style meal for your table.
Large parties are encouraged to make reservations for Sunday, but they are not required. Just call Bigboom at 919-307-4778.
Barresi already owns Italian restaurant Vincent's in north Raleigh. Bender used to own Five Star and the now-closed Martin Street Pizza in downtown Raleigh. Barresi said he wouldn't have moved forward with the new restaurant is Bender wasn't involved. The two have collaborated before and are really looking forward to working together again.
Bigboom specializes in traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. Some notable menu items include their Beef Braccoile, which is rolled, marinated and stuffed with juniper berries and pine nuts. It takes hours to make, but Barresi and Bender said they wouldn't have it any other way. It's all about the authenticity.
Barresi's pizza dough recipe is more than 80 years old. Five specialty pizzas will be offered each week, and customers can always choose to create their own.
Everything from the pasta served to the EVOO used is from Italy.
The decor is definitely something new. Bender, who will be returning to the kitchen for this venture, was inspired for the restaurant's industrial style and graffiti after a trip to New York.
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