Paolo Laboa learned to cook in his native Italy, where his pesto recipe won the World Pesto Championship in Genoa in 2008. He was executive chef at a widely praised San Francisco restaurant, Farina, before coming to Beverly, where he’s been the chef at Prides Osteria since it opened three months ago.
“Simplicity is my goal,” says Laboa. “I don’t want to overpower my recipes with tons of sauce. If there are five ingredients, I want you to taste all of them.”