Known as the “Seafood King of Los Angeles” Michael Cimarusti cites his childhood experiences in Rhode Island — grandparents in Providence and summers spent fishing in Narragansett — as major culinary influences. (Cimarusti has been nominated for his fourth James Beard for his LA restaurants: Providence* and Connie & Ted’s, named for his grandparents.)
For this week’s CBS Saturday Morning food segment Cimarusti prepared clam cakes, hot lobster rolls, stuffies, and (Manhattan ?!) clam chowder. Perhaps most baffling was the dessert — Cimarusti claims “No New England meal would be complete without a whoopie pie.” I don’t know what he’s talking about but I’m willing to be pretty flexible on the topic of whoopie pies.
Turns out that CBS host Vlad Duthiers (left, below) earned a B.A. in Political Science from U.R.I. and knows his quahogs. Go Rams!
Cimarusti also works bringing attention to the perilous state of our marine fisheries using some of his airtime promoting Seafood Watch Guides we all can use when shopping. Enlightened self-interest I suppose, but good for him. (Go here for the app or a printable guide to ocean-friendly seafood choices.)
*Attn. Californians — take the 405 over to Mulholland, get off on La Cienega, take a right at La Brea, all the way up Sunset to Marina del Ray, right on Wilshire, left on Beverly . . .)