Caprese Sliders at Addiction

This dish is every bit as stylish as the restaurant’s vibrant interior. These sliders on the tapas menu (available after 3 p.m.) are made with broiled filet mignon, tossed greens, beefsteak tomatoes and roasted garlic aioli that marinates between a butter-toasted dinner roll. “These are two classics combined into one and topped off with a bun,” says Addiction’s executive chef, Vic Vegas. $12, Rumor Boutique Resort, 455 E. Harmon Ave., 369-5400.

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Giovanni Mauro

Giovanni Mauro

By Max Jacobson

For those of us who maintain a connection between fine dining and music, I offer, as an example, Giovanni Mauro. He’s the son of Italian parents who run the locals’ favorite Nora’s Cuisine, 6020 W. Flamingo Road, and he’s one of the most passionate Italian chefs in the city. Gio, as everyone calls him, studied opera at Long Beach State University and later in Milan with famed tenor Carlo Bergonzi. He’s fluent in both Italian and Italian cooking. Today, he expends most of his energy at Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria in Boca Park.