Thursday, February 21, 2013

Here’s the dish…


February 21, 2013

By Jennifer McCool
Community Engagement Coordinator


We here at the Playhouse often sing the praises of our restaurant partners, and for good reason! If you’re looking for a delicious meal in Westport, look no further than our 2013 Restaurant Partners. But sometimes, it’s fun to hear from the people behind the scenes who are working to put that wonderful food on the table. 

With that in mind, I reached out to the Head Chefs at our partner restaurants for some insight into what makes them tick. You may be familiar with the Proust Questionnaire from Vanity Fair or Inside the Actor’s Studio – I sent an abbreviated version out to our chefs and here are a few great responses.
Thanks very much to Chef Ramirez and Chef Scotti for taking the time to answer our questions! 

Executive Chef Apolinar Ramirez

146 Main Street, Westport  

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
What is your greatest fear?
Physically not being able to work in the kitchen.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife and kids.
When and where were you happiest?
Being at home on a Sunday with my daughter and my missus in the kitchen cooking dinner.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would make myself about 20 years younger so I could experience so many of the things I’ve already experienced all over again.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
There are many things in my life that I
value such as my family, my career, and friends. I could not choose just one moment in my life that I felt was my greatest achievement because every component in my life is important to me.
What is your most treasured possession?
My experiences.
Who is your personal hero?
Pancho Villa was one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals.

 
Executive Chef Pietro Scotti

36 Riverside Drive, Westport
 
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being with my wife and my kids on the beach in Ischia, the island where I was born and where all my family lives 

What is your greatest fear?
When I am slow in the restaurant that there won’t be enough business. 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
#@$%&*)^! (just in the kitchen ) 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, Janine. 

When and where were you happiest?
The day my first child Tomaso was born, the next time 2 years later when my daughter Lucia was born. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be more patient. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Owning my own restaurant for 25 years. 

What is your most treasured possession?
My home in Italy. 

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would you like it to be?
I would still like to be a chef, I wouldn’t change that for anything, but I might want a huge restaurant on the side of the mountain looking over the sea in Ischia. 

What is your motto?
Go Faster! 
 

And although they weren’t able to complete our questionnaire, be sure to check out our other Restaurant Partners: La Villa Trattoria, Matsu Sushi, Oaxaca Kitchen, Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and Bar, and Terrain Garden Café. Happy dining!

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