I was so taken with the shot of Casamento’s oyster loaf next to him that I failed to notice another local notable made the Saveur 100. Ambria maitre d’ Manuel Vila-Garcia was cited for his 24 years of service and a preternatural ability to nip trouble in the bud.

The mag quotes him: “I like to spot problems early, not let them ferment for the whole meal and leave people unhappy.”