Jason Travi is the chef-partner of recently opened Littlefork in Hollywood. Travi is a Boston native who came up in some of the city's most notable restaurants, including Spago and Gino Angelini's La Terza. At Fraiche, the Culver City restaurant he co-owned, Travi's rustic Mediterranean dishes struck a chord with L.A. diners. Now he's returned to his roots. Littlefork's all about the flavors of the Atlantic Northeast: crispy oyster sliders, clams casino, homemade chowder and Portuguese mussels with linguica, to name a few dishes.
What's coming up next on your menu? We are getting ready to start using Ipswich clams, one of my favorite foodstuffs from New England. We're still playing around with them.
Latest ingredient obsession? Maple syrup. We buy it direct from a farm in Vermont in 5-gallon batches. We use it in marinades, brines, vinaigrettes and sauces. Right now my favorite use for maple syrup is to steam lobster claws and toss them with maple syrup, orange rind and smoked paprika.
What restaurant do you find yourself going to again and again? For lunch, it's Sycamore Kitchen. We can take our kids there and not worry about them breaking anything. The baked goods are fantastic, and so are the sandwiches. For dinner, it's Lebanese at Sunnin. It reminds me of my grandmother's cooking.