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Gregory Neville


Chef Gregory brings decades of experience, that originally began when he attended school in Europe, studying World History and Italian Cuisine. After graduating from UCLA, he received his MBA from Thunderbird, and was recruited for multiple Chef positions in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas including with groups such as Spectrum Foods, Prego, Tutto Mare and MacArthur Park. He was Executive Chef and Partner at Il Fornaio and Hotel Donatello in San Francisco, where he received the AAA Five Diamond Award. He later came to Utah as the Executive Chef for Gastronomy Restaurant Group. In 2000, Chef Gregory opened the beloved Lugano Restaurant in Salt Lake City – serving delicious Northern Italian fare. During his 13 successful years with Lugano, Greg received numerous accolades and awards for his local, sustainable and seasonal menu. Lugano was continuously ranked as one of the top restaurants in Utah by Zagat, and was awarded one of the top Italian restaurants in the country by both Zagat and Groupo Ristorante Italiani (GRI). Greg has been awarded Best Chef, Best Italian Restaurant, Best of State and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. He was invited to cook at the James Beard House for the March 2007 “Italian Lovers Dinner” and the 2007 “America’s Thanksgiving Dinner”. In 2013, he was nominated by his peers to the ‘Best Chefs America’ annual publication.

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