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Zagat: 30 Under 30 Highlights New York Native Pasta Chef

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Zagat dishes out their annual 30 Under 30 list, showcasing up-and-comers in the restaurant world—including one local pasta connoisseur. Zagat Editor James Mulcahy filed the following report for NY1.

Our annual Zagat 30 Under 30 list just came out, and we visited a 29-year-old native New Yorker who's showing this town how pasta is done.

Every year Zagat honors young restaurant industry rock stars that are making an impact on the city's dining scene, and for our fourth annual list, Sal Lamboglia stood out for his work at Italian eatery Bar Primi.

"For a while now, me and my partners have been talking about just an ideal place where pasta is like the main focus. You can come in, and have just a plate of pasta and a glass of wine and be on your way," Lamboglia says. 

He may be working at one of the city's hottest new restaurants, but this chef started small.

He cooked in catering for years before he got to approach Primi's owner, renowned chef Andrew Carmellini. 

"I met Carmellini at a James Beard Awards. I had a couple glasses of wine and I said that I can make some really great pasta and told him 'I can make it just as good as you.' And he looked at me like I was a little crazy," Lamboglia says.

It turns out that his bold statement isn't far off.

After years working his way up in Carmellini's empire, he's now partnered with the chef, making his own name with affordable, rustic pasta dishes that impress with their simplicity. 

The dishes are good, very big and inexpensive.

Skillful cooking isn't enough to land someone a spot on the 30 Under 30 list. Like the other young talents honored this year, Lamboglia shows a passion and dedication that would stand out in any field. 

"The word that I can use with my cooks is sacrifice. What I always try to preach is just to stay on target, and if you really want it, then just stay in the game and just work for it," Lamboglia says. 

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