Backyard boils come a dime a dozen in New Orleans. Finding one is as easy as asking a bartender where they’ll be at shifts end. Jackie, whose backyard boil we attended, and James of Clesi’s, may seem laid back when putting together these down south cookouts, but make no mistake, they aren’t messing around.
Extra Virgin Bistro, the new kid on the block in St. John, is owned and operated by Ryan Costanzo and Tommy Garfield, two men that couldn’t be more different. Ryan is the mild-mannered general manager whose friendly smile goes a long way to make patrons feel at home, while the straight shooting Bostonian, Tommy, grinds out dish after innovative dish surrounded by a crew of competent cooks.