Sam Silvio

From Em Chamas Brazilian Grill


In 2007, Sam Silvio [and his brother Nick] opened what was then a first of its kind dining experience – a traditional Brazilian style Churrascaria [steakhouse, or literally, “house of meat] in KC’s northland. This all came about Sam tells us, because he vacationed in Brazil & Argentina and saw first hand the popularity of this dining concept and felt that it was a great match for the meat lovers of the American Midwest. Sam, was right, and Em Chamas Brazilian Grill, located in The Village at Burlington Creek, has been a popular location ever since.


The most popular feature at Em Chamas is their fixed price [$36.95] Rodizio Service that consists of two courses. It begins at a Gourmet Bar of over 30 cold and hot items, salads and sides and continues with the most exciting element , the “rodizio” itself. Rodizio means “to rotate” in Portuguese and the service is just that from the rotisserie style of cooking the meat over an open flame to the rotating manner in-which the meats are presented and served at your table. Gauchos [oh yes, that is the style of dress] come to your table with a knife and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of meat. You will find many cuts of beef, pork, chicken and sausage [15 different items] to choose from as this service is offered continuously throughout the meal.


“It’s certainly tempting and easy to get carried away with the first course as there are so many delectable choices; but, Sam says, you really want to save room so you can savor at least 2 or 3 of the amazing grilled cuts of meat.” If one needs a reminder of what’s coming, your taste buds begin tingling the moment you walk through the door with the unmistakable yet slightly exotic smokiness of the air. For folks who crave a more traditional dining experience and less food, then Sam recommends eating in the Inferno Lounge featuring a variety of appetizer, Salad and small plate options. The Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Shrimp served with Mandarin Orange and Fennel Salad [our featured recipe this month] is just one example of the deliciousness available.


For those who don’t know him, Sam Silvio is no stranger to the KC restaurant scene, He grew up helping in his father’s namesake restaurant Tony’s Pizzeria once located at 43rd & Main. After that he worked in and/or owned and managed a variety of smaller venues – pizzarias, bars, then white table restaurants like Cafe Italia, Fratello’s and finally Piropos. Sam says ” while I have worked in the kitchen, my brother Nick inherited the chef gene from Dad; I got the management one.” Sam and his wife have raised two boys [mostly grown and not taking up the family business] and Sam is looking forward to playing more golf and maybe doing some more boating – those are his escapes.


So what’s new at Em Chamas these days? Sam is excited about the new emphasis they are putting on the recently re-branded “Inferno Lounge.” They are already open 7 days a week, with Happy Hours every day from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The biggest news is a renovation that will break through the outside wall to allow easier access to their outdoor patio which should be finished by the end of August. They are also updating the small plate menu as well as the cocktail and wine programs., and, expanding their live music programs. Oh, and you might want to sign up for their emails so you’ll know about their upcoming “Brazilian Carnavale” under a big tent in the parking lot, with a Samba and drum band. This big fest will come off in mid to late October.


What else should you know? Well Sam says that “the food at Em Chamas is surprisingly healthy – certainly high protein, but plenty of vegetarian and some gluten free options.” If you’ve not been; then be sure to treat yourself to an amazing South American inspired dining experience. More information and details at

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