Gene & Georgetti's HistoryEstablished in 1941. Over seven decades of fine dining and three generations strong, Gene & Georgetti is Chicago's premier steakhouse.
Born in the small Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy, Gene Michelotti came to the United States at the age of 15, several years later; he married Ida Passaglia in April of 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 Alfredo “Georgetti” Federighi, who was working as a chef.
Together in 1941, 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 regulars, politicians and celebrities alike. Upon Alfredo’s death in 1969, Gene became the sole proprietor of Gene & Georgetti, until his death in 1989.
Gene’s daughter Marion married Tony Durpetti in 1969. They have one daughter, Michelle. Upon the death of Gene in 1989, although a CEO of his own national radio advertising firm, Tony and Marion did not want to see the restaurant leave the family, and decided to purchase it from Marion’s mother, Ida Michelotti. Now in it’s 80 year, the legacy of both Gene & Georgetti is honored, protected and celebrated within three generations of Gene’s family; the most recent being his granddaughter Michelle and grand son-in-law, Collin. This new generation dedicates itself to maintaining the traditions started by both Georgetti and Gene, but also to honor Tony + Marion, and the rich Italian history that the entire family is so proud of.
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