Crispy Yellowtail Snapper at Nobu

This whole fish from the Florida Keys, specially created by executive chef Joel Versola, is deep-fried with potato starch and covered with a tangy sweet chili sauce. The snapper then rests upon a sea of rich miso butter sauce and is served with sautéed French horn mushrooms, shiitake, sweet onions and baby bok choy. $100, in the Hard Rock Hotel, 693-5090.

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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.