From Our Family To YoursBy Marion Durpetti, Proprietor
FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, WELCOME TO GENE & GEORGETTI, CHICAGO’S FINEST STEAKHOUSE SINCE 1941.
In celebration of Italian hospitality we offer huge portions of prime steaks, chops, and classic Italian fare. We proudly maintain the tradition of quality food and service that has defined our beloved restaurant for more than seven decades.
Here you’ll find only the best, premier grade steaks in Chicago, which are hand selected from the top of all beef in the U.S. We broil our steaks to perfection until a delicious crust is formed. They’re so tender, juicy and flavorful; they don’t require any seasoning, although we’ll certainly customize your order upon your request.
In fact we’re so committed to customizing your order, two of our most popular dishes were created by customer requests: the famousGarbage Salad and Chicken alla Joe.
Our fresh, hand tossed house salad is complimentary, as are our cottage fries, which are hand sliced and pan fried just like Georgetti made them.
Please ask your server if there’s anything you may need while you dine with us. Our servers are like family, and many have been with us for decades. We set the precedent long ago and hold true to a classic style of service: attentive but never intrusive, so you may feel the comforts of home when you dine with us.
SO HOW DID THIS ALL BEGIN?
Born in the small Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy, my father Gene Michelotti came to the United States at age 15. Several years later, he married Ida Passaglia in 1938. Though he spoke little to no English upon his arrival, he worked numerous jobs ranging from night watchman, porter, dishwasher, and bartender, where he encountered his future business partner who was working as a chef, Alfredo “Georgetti” Federighi, nicknamed “Georgetti” after a famous Italian cyclist.
Together, they founded Gene and Georgetti. Alfredo had the kitchen, and Gene was the front man, holding down the bar. His genuine and vivacious personality made him a hit with first time guests, “regulars”, and celebrities alike.
Gene and “Georgetti” worked hand in hand to establish the reputation of excellence that is continued through today, with your valued patronage. Upon Alfredo’s death in 1969, Gene became the sole proprietor of Gene & Georgetti, until his death in 1989.
TODAY, WE ARE STILL FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED.
My husband Tony Durpetti and I purchased the restaurant after the passing of my father. My cousin Richard Ciota serves as general manager. Our daughter Michelle Durpetti runs marketing and events.
We hope you enjoy your time with us, and we welcome your valuable feedback today.
With sincere gratitude, thank you for dining with us and continuing our treasured tradition.