Joey Maggiore of Cuttlefish: "We Try to Keep Things as Authentic as We Can"
What would your personal theme song be if you had one?: I'd say either "Eye of the Tiger" or "Staying Alive." Just picture my eyes closed tight, head bobbing to either song.
One thing most people don't know about you: I never take my chains off! Never. I'm Italian!
One movie you think everyone should watch and why: A Bronx Tale. I think it teaches people about respect. It reminds me of how I grew up in an Italian American household.
Favorite childhood food memory: My nona Sarina's arancini "rice balls" and her fried eggplant with mint. Whenever I eat those two dishes, it brings the memory of her back to life.
Favorite food smell: Fresh shaved truffles. The smell is priceless.
Biggest pet peeve: I can't stand it when people don't keep their word. Trust is everything.
Five qualities to look for in good Italian food: I think it's authenticity for each region, proper sauces for each type of pasta, al dente, San Marzano tomatoes, and excellent EVOO.
Your favorite drink and where you like to get it: My favorite drink is here at Cuttlefish. I love the cherry wood-smoked Manhattan. Solid.
Check out our past Chef and Tell interviews with:
James Porter - Super Chunk Sweets and TreatsJames Porter - Petite Maison
Cullen Campbell - Crudo
Mel Mecinas - Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
Meagan Micozzi - Scarletta Bakes
Tyson Holzheimer and Joe Strelnik - Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Paul McCabe - T. Cook's at the Royal Palms
Eugenia Theodosopoulos - Essence Bakery Cafe
Eddie Hantas - Hummus Xpress
Jay Bogsinke - St. Francis
Dustin Christofolo - Quiessence
Blaise and DJ Aki - The Sushi Room
Sacha Levine - Rancho Pinot and FnB
Andrew Nienke - Cafe Monarch
Kevin Lentz - French Grocery
Aurore de Beauduy - Vogue Bistro
Justin Olsen - Bink's Midtown
Marco, Jinette, and Edmundo Meraz - Republica Empanada
Brian Peterson - Cork
Brian Webb - Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food
Lester Gonzalez - Cowboy Ciao
Renetto-Mario Etsitty - Tertio
German Sega - Roka Akor
Marco Bianco - Pizzeria Bianco
Brad and Kat Moore - Short Leash Hot Dogs and Sit...Stay