This week we are shining a light on one of our Trattoria managers, Adrienne Chiaramonte.
Her passion for hospitality in the restaurant business started at a very
early age. Adrienne cites her late mother, Arlene, as her role model and
inspiration. Whether it was a holiday gathering, a family party for 90, or a Wednesday night dinner around the kitchen table, Adrienne’s Mom made every meal feel special. Small touches like choosing the right music to accompany a meal, or lighting candles to create a lovely mood, were always important.
Arlene believed attention to detail was vital and always insisted
that everyone should always enjoy the absolute best. It was this respect of gathering at the table, & creating memories with friends and family that cemented Adrienne’s love of the business. The creating of these experiences (they were more than just meals); from raising the livestock, growing the produce, assisting with prep and baking, to cleaning up as a family, were all a part of daily life in the Chiaramonte household.
It is now Adrienne’s mission to create for others what she was lucky enough
to have experienced for so many years. Adrienne says that her dream guest is
one that puts themselves in the competent hands of the Gigi staff and is
open to suggestions for both food and wine. She is proud to work closely
with her front of house team and loves helping to create an excellent guest
Outside of work her hobbies are growing produce, bike riding,
visiting Montauk and making meals for friends and family with her husband
John at their home in Hyde Park.
“Gigi is a perfect fit for me. It’s a thrill to see the farmers bring in the produce that will be used for that night’s dinner, to know how much care and thought Chef Costa and his team put in to the meals they are creating, and it is bliss when it all comes together seamlessly on a busy weekend night at the Trattoria. When I’m busy seating guests and saying goodbye to those that have just enjoyed a fabulous dinner, and the room is buzzing with energy, it makes me so incredibly happy.” You could easily say “it’s just dinner,”but we all know that it is much more than that.