Meet Zagat’s 30 Under 30 Boston Honorees

Zagat 30 Under 30 Boston

We’re honored and excited to be involved with this year’s Zagat 30 Under 30, Boston edition. To celebrate the exceptional talents being honored, we decided to spotlight some of the stars so you can learn a little more about them. If you’re a Boston gastronome, there’s a good chance you’ll already be familiar with some of these faces.


Brooke Barsanti | Food & Wine Program Manager at the Boston Center for Adult Education

 

Brooke Barsanti

Brooke Barsanti

Where can we typically find you on your day off?
On the water. Whether it’s on the beach or on a boat – sunny or cloudy, fresh or salt….it’s my favorite place to be. I can breathe easily. I love fishing, but I don’t always need to be ACTIVE on the water, even looking at it soothes my soul! A few of my favorite places are Crane Beach Ipswich MA, anywhere on Nantucket, Matunuck RI, and Lake Winnipesaukee, NH! Weekends off, that’s where I’ll be — with loved ones consuming too much good food!

What are your top three Boston go-to spots?

  • Alden and Harlow – the drinks, the food, the beautiful venue…Michael Scelfo – you can’t go wrong!
  • Anywhere the FROZEN HOAGIES food truck is – the salted caramel ice cream in between two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies…c’mon!!!!
  • Sweet Cheeks in Fenway. Biscuits with honey butter, buttermilk fried chicken, mac n’cheese, and mason jars! These are a few of my favorite things…

What’s your favorite music venue in Boston?
I’m not a trendy music chick – I like all feel good music (ain’t no shame in the top 40 game)! I’ve been to two concerts at Fenway recently and because I’m a masshole there is something really special about seeing your favorite artist preform in the Green Monster!

How long have you been using Uber?
Less than a year – I LOVE IT! I’ve had wayyyy too many bad experiences with cab drivers, and Uber has made life getting around Boston pleasant (and clean)!

What’s the most common Uber trip you take?
Full disclosure – I don’t have laundry in my apartment building, so I go to my sister’s in Charlestown to do it. This consists of me filling my suitcase with dirty clothes and spending an entire afternoon or evening intruding on my sister and her husband’s space. The cab ride back from my sister’s to my apartment is my most consistent – Uber drivers always help me lug my suitcase in and out of the trunk. Once a driver even offered to carry my suitcase up the stairs!


Travis Lowry | Boston Restaurant Operations Manager at Reserve

Travis Lowry

Travis Lowry

Where can we typically find you on your day off?
On a given work day I am usually in 5-10 different restaurants so on my day off I generally just try to get some time out of the dining room. As boring as it sounds, my usual day off routine is sauna, grocery shopping, Netflix, sleep.

What are your top three Boston go-to spots?

  • The Tatte Bakery on Third Street. They have an awesome full breakfast menu but I love dropping in very early in the morning and just getting the pastry basket and eating the whole thing as the crowds stream in for brunch.
  • Grillo’s Pickles on Cambridge Street. A store that sells only pickled things. And streetwear. A killer Twitter game. A story of entrepreneurial success that can only be found in America. What’s not to love?
  • Parlor Sports on Beacon Street. I don’t like sports and I cannot name you a single player on any team, but there is something supremely zen about sitting in this tiny wood-trimmed sports bar, sipping a High Life and eating a chili dog on a Sunday.

What’s your favorite music venue in Boston?
As a Tufts alumni I have a soft spot for the Somerville theatre, but I find myself more frequently downstairs at the Middle East or even at the Orpheum for bigger bands.

How long have you been using Uber?
About a year. For getting from restaurant to restaurant, it is magical.

What’s the most common Uber trip you take?
Definitely Inman Square to home. Over an hour on public transit or 10 minutes in a car. Easy choice.


Juan Pedrosa | Production Manager / Head of Research at Stone & Skillet

Juan Pedrosa

Juan Pedrosa

Where can we typically find you on your day off?
You would probably find me at some low key antique shop. I don’t buy something all the time, I just look through and admire the craftsmanship of the past. It’s like going to museum that you don’t have to pay for.

What are your top three Boston go-to spots?
My three top spots right now are:

  • Sarma in Somerville
  • La Brasa in Somerville
  • Row 34 in Fort Point

What’s your favorite music venue in Boston?
Brighton Music Hall is my go to venue. I dig smaller intimate shows.

How long have you been using Uber?
I’ve used Uber for about 3 years now. The word is a part of my vocabulary now, and even a factor when deciding what to do on the weekend.

What’s the most common Uber trip you take?
Most common Uber trip is probably anywhere in Somerville back home to my place in Belmont.

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