A love of food runs in chef Vinnie Cimino’s blood. As a child, his grandmother owned a restaurant. But it wasn’t until college when horrible dining hall food led Cimino, the executive chef at Cordelia, to explore food himself.
After college, Cimino found himself working back-of-house at a restaurant and he hasn’t looked back since.
Asian Food: "LJ Shanghai soup dumplings ($7) probably [could be] one of my last meals — absolutely tremendous. Szechuan Gourmet [with] the spicy garlic cucumbers ($12.95) — I probably eat those like once a week. Superior Pho is always a classic, especially in the winter months. I mean, there’s nothing really better than a bowl of pho and a banh mi. Those are my three go-to spots for sure."
Beer: "The place I go out to the most to get a beer at would be Funhouse in Lakewood. I live in Akron, so there’s more places in Akron that I probably [visit]. Encapsulating beers and cocktails, if you find yourself in Akron, High St. Hop House does a great combination beer list and cocktail program. It’s really the spot I go to down there."
Cocktails: "Other than Cordelia, I would say LBM. A lot of our staff works there as well, so there’s a lot of crossover. [They have the] same ideology when it comes to surrounding yourself with good people, good things happen. They have a seasonal cocktail menu. Things change there quite frequently, that’s what’s fun about it."
Who Inspires him: "I would say a good friend of mine, Dave Kocab, that I’ve had the opportunity to work with in the past. He recently opened up Patron Saint and has always been a good colleague and inspiration. His mind for cooking and food is just really second to none. Anytime I get an opportunity to cook with him, I always relish that opportunity because I know it’s going to be delightful and delicious."daily newsletter. Arriving in your inbox every morning to keep you in the loop on the best guides, home and style tips, and news briefs for all things Cleveland. Click here to subscribe.