Rich Ciota, Employee Appreciation

2016 marks our 75th anniversary and we could not be more excited.  As part of our celebration, we will be featuring two employees a week beginning August 19th, thru our anniversary party on October 16th. Be sure to check back regularly and read up on our beloved employees who help make Gene and Georgetti the place it is today!


Rich Ciota

Do you have a nickname at Gene & Georgetti? If so, what is it?

Colorin, a Spanish word which means bright color. The Chicago staff says my face turns a bright color red when emotional.

Job Title

Managing Partner

Years with Gene & Georgetti

24 years (feels like 2 years)

Favorite Gene & Georgetti Menu Item

Too many to list but I love the Strip Steak.

One fun fact people may not know about you?

Over the course of my life when I had hair, I have had a luxurious perm, a rockin Mohawk, and a classic rat-tail.

What’s one memory, at Gene & Georgetti or outside of it, that you treasure most?

1) One night, Billy Cristal came in after his concert and all the kitchen staff had already gone home. Jose, a server, and I cooked for him; of course he loved it.

2) A couple of years ago, Will Ferrell was in town and during his afternoon run, he poked his head into the restaurant like only he could do. He looked around, smiled and left. Later that night, he came back for dinner with his family to celebrate his wife’s birthday and we had some laughs about the afternoon run.


Photos courtesy of Collin Pierson Photography.

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