Fame Bites - Rico Rodriguez
December 10th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Young Manny Delgado is lovably pretentious: he drinks coffee, asks Santa for burgundy dinner jackets and sends over virgin Mai Tais to cute tweens by the pool.

Actor 12-year-old Rico Rodriguez, who plays him on ABC's Emmy award-winning comedy "Modern Family," is none of the above. He's just your average kid who has a penchant for Olive Garden breadsticks and can be found frequently sporting a milk mustache.

What's your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?
"I like two places: my first one would have to be Outback Steakhouse, I eat there with my dad every time he leaves - it’s our tradition. (Editor's note: Rico lives in Los Angeles, while his father works in Texas.) And the second would have to be Olive Garden. Got to love the breadsticks!"

What's the one thing you cannot go a day without eating or drinking?
"My favorite drink: milk. I would not be Rico without milk. I drink three cups, maybe four. I like the regular 2 percent milk, and every now and then, I get the Nestlé powdered chocolate milk for special occasions."

What is your signature dish to cook?
"Grilled chicken with Mrs. Dash seasoning and microwavable rice. I made it for the whole family. We were going to the Pantages [Theatre], and we didn’t want to go out to eat. My mom showed me how to cut it and put it on the frying pan, and everything went well. No one got hurt in the making of this meal!"

Is there a chef that you would love to take cooking lessons from?
"Definitely two - Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray. They are really awesome. I’ve met Rachael Ray. I have not met Guy - I’m hoping to meet him soon."

Favorite meal on the "Modern Family" set?
A chicken and cheese quesadilla with steamed broccoli on the side. When they come take my order they ask, 'Same thing?' and I say, 'Yup! The Rico special!'”

Who is someone you haven’t met but would most like to have dinner with?
"Tobey Maguire from Spiderman or the whole Star Wars cast - the new ones and the old ones - and we’d talk about how the movies were made."

What do you think is Manny’s favorite dish? (We’d guess something fancy like foie gras…)
"Well, Manny looks at the name and if the name sounds fancy, he’ll probably have it. One dish would have to be arroz con pollo, and then he’ll probably have to find fettucine alfredo. He’ll say, 'Sounds fancy enough!'"

What are your favorite foods and drinks around the holidays?
"Hot cocoa and hot chocolate when it’s really cold. [Sings] 'When the weather outside is frightful…' And for a dish, a nice honey-baked turkey is really nice to have."

Devna Shukla is an Associate Producer for CNN's AC360°.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Name*ms.chitown21

    Lol...thank you what?

    December 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  2. what?

    @damon fetus? Did I miss something or did you just have to TRY to ruin a decent story? So what if it is innocentand a bit childish? It IS about a child which you just made clear you have no respect for. Spare the world your sickness check into the nearest psych ward.

    December 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  3. jillmarie

    He is so adorable and funny. I saw him on Rachael Ray and love that he mentioned her here!

    December 11, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  4. daman

    Deep fried fetus is excellent!

    December 11, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  5. si

    Bagel Bites rock! i love the pepperoni but 3 cheese are awesome also! yum!!

    December 11, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  6. kaz

    Omgyes. Olive Garden's breadsticks are awesome and beyond.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  7. Mok

    Thats some bad hat there.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
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