Meet and Eat: Craig Cavallo, Serious Eats Intern

Meet and Eat

Getting to know the folks behind the food and drinks you love.


Name: Craig Cavallo
Location: Brooklyn
Occupation: Waiter/food writer

Guilty pleasures? I've been known to think outside the bun.

Describe your perfect meal. Anyone that involves friends and wine.

What food won't you eat? Durian! I tried and tried. I think Jeffery Steingarten said if you eat something nine times your body acclimates to it, but I had to call it quits at three. #weirdestfruitever

Favorite food person? David Chang for his incessant creativity and Danny Bowien for his inspired approach to food and the free beer at Mission Chinese.

When did you first realize you were a serious eater? Shortly after I moved to the city in 2005. Food was always central to my upbringing, so when I was wide eyed and anxious in a new city, I found myself feeling at home at dinner tables around town.

What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? Have you ever seen that TV show Intervention?...

Favorite food sites or blogs? I have a pretty standard routine: Serious Eats, Eater, Grub Street, and Diner's Journal.

Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My full-time job is in a restaurant, so I'm surrounded by people who are always talking about new places. I keep a few restaurants on my radar, and when a coworker mentions one of them I put it at the top of my list.

What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Dinner. I love being able to commit X amount of time to nothing but eating and drinking. I love the satisfaction of having every part of a meal click when you go out to eat. That happened most recently at The Pines, Buvette, and The Marrow.

Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I love to cook. For me, braises are the most rewarding thing to make, but I've been told my bucatini all'amatriciana is pretty good.