Paige Zaitsoff Lombardi

Chef
Paige Zaitsoff Lombardi

Boston

About Paige Zaitsoff Lombardi

Paige graduated from Princeton University in 2008 and quickly realized that art history wasn’t her true passion. Cooking was. She enrolled in a culinary program in Manhattan and worked at Del Posto under Chef Mark Ladner (where the team received four stars from the NYT) and at Gramercy Tavern under Chef Michael Anthony. She moved back to Boston, dined at Oleana and knew she had found her new culinary home. She was hired as a line cook, immersed herself in the unfamiliar larder of Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients and fell in love. She was promoted to sous chef and now leads the team as chef de cuisine.

My Venues

  • Oleana
    134 Hampshire St
    Cambridge, MA

At My Venues

Spinach falafel
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Mediterranean, Turkish, The Port
"Having falafel with beet yogurt and tahini sauce at Oleana is a rite of passage. This is one of the best dishes in the city, without question. Ana’s falafel is delicate and divine. The problem is that it is hard to eat just a couple. I could easily eat three orders of it and still want more!"
Sultan's Delight
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Mediterranean, Turkish, The Port
"This dish is comprised of tamarind beef and a smokey eggplant purée with pine nuts—and has rich flavors that I could never imitate. Ana Sortun is in a class of her own!"
Warm buttered hummus with basturma and tomato
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Mediterranean, Turkish, The Port
"There are plenty of great options for small plates to pair with some nicely curated wines at the or outside on Boston's best patio when the season is right. The warm buttered hummus should not be missed, and the fried mussels are great, too."