We love all of the wonderful staff that help to make Gigi Trattoria and Gigi Market a success! From CIA students to Brazilian natives, the Gigi family is fascinatingly diverse. We thought it would be fun to spotlight a member of our team every week to help you get to know them and what makes them so special, and so unique! We’re kicking things off by spotlighting our talented and personable bartender, Lisa Butenhoff.
Lisa has been with Gigi for over 7 years! Thanks to her long stay with the Trattoria, she provides a familiar face to the customers. She takes pride in the fact that she knows unique things about many of the customers, like their favorite tables (and of course, favorite cocktails.)
Not only is Lisa a soldier behind the bar, she has served in the US Marine Corps for nearly ten years, and participates in drill once a month. After a long day of early morning drills followed by a shift behind the bar, Lisa loves to have sushi take-out for dinner. If she is dining at the Trattoria, her favorite menu item is the Rigatoni Buttera (without the peas.)
Next time you are visiting the Gigi Trattoria, be sure to order up a margarita from Lisa. She loves the challenge of making the perfect margarita since so many people are picky about this particular cocktail. But that is just Lisa, always looking to please the customers and give them a great experience.
One of Lisa’s fondest memories of being behind the bar at Gigi Trattoria was the night some bar guests challenged each other to a blind tasting of our Tawny Flagate Ports to see who could guess the vintage of the port. “When customers are obviously here to have a good time, it makes it fun to serve them.”
When you are looking for the best margarita in Rhinebeck served by the best bartender, come into Gigi Trattoria. Lisa would love to see you!