Chicken Teriyaki at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

This West Coast chain serves up traditional and innovative Japanese cuisine. The interior design—sleek, black and contemporary—complements the fare. Our favorite dish here consists of charbroiled chicken, seasoned with the restaurant’s famous teriyaki sauce, and battered shrimp and vegetables, fried until golden brown. $9 for lunch, $10 for dinner, in Town Square, 896-7440.

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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.