Stack Burger, a hamburger-centered restaurant planning to open next week, aims to offer West Senecans a gourmet burger alternative.
The restaurant, 174 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca (288-8204), aims to start serving June 9. It’ll be take-out only at first.
“We have house-made sauces, such as our Stack Sauce, ancho-chili mayo, and garlic-parm mayo,” said Executive Chef Anthony Giangrosso. “We also make our own guacamole and pesto you can add to any burger, as well as classic toppings like thick cut bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onion, chili and even a fried egg.”
Owner Joe Maurino thought the Buffalo market had enough pizzerias. He decided a “hamburger joint would work well and be fun and would be easy to have a menu with all fresh ingredients and items,” he said via email. It replaces Piazza Pizzeria, whose owner Dave Putzbach said he was concentrating on his tattoo business, Millennium Tattoo, next door.
Maurino and Giangrosso aren’t strangers to the restaurant business, and Stack Burger will be the first restaurant and menu that is entirely theirs.
Maurino said he’s enjoyed cooking his entire life—frying zucchinis from the garden with his grandmother, involvement in several small catering businesses, a culinary degree from Erie Community College (ECC), and several restaurant jobs.
“(I) was motivated to not only be a chef, but also an owner for the freedom to try different things and break the mold of the old grouchy screaming restaurant boss,” Maurino said.
Giangrosso said his experience started in a bar making chicken wings. “Since then, I’ve worked the grill at a Greek family restaurant, ran the kitchen of a small diner, managed a very successful, high-volume pizzeria for nearly five years and graduated with a degree in culinary arts (from ECC),” Giangrosso said.
Stack Burger is a dream come true, according to Giangrosso. “Growing up, I had dreams of being the next big rock star,” Giangrosso said. “Once I discovered that cooking isn’t a job, that it’s an art, that quickly took over as my goal.”
He said the opening menu will include burgers and chicken sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and veggie chips, salads, iced tea brewed daily and big cookies. Giangrosso said after about a month, the menu will feature weekly chef specials, including desserts, and a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich is in the works.
-- Hannah Gordon