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Gene & Georgetti, Chicago’s original steakhouse since 1941, will be open seven days a week beginning Monday, October 4 of this year.

“We’re delighted to be able to open on Mondays and allow our customers to have seven days a week to choose to dine with us!” Says third-generation family member Michelle Durpetti.

“This pandemic has taught us now more than ever that evolution and flexibility is key,” says owner Tony Durpetti, and “like every restaurant out there, we continue to adapt as we continue to recover and move away from last year’s restrictions.” The restaurant, celebrating 80 years in business this year, was actually open seven days a week last summer when it reopened for the first time since its fire in October of 2019.

“We find that opening back up on Monday, October 4th is especially awesome because that also marks the two-year anniversary of our fire. And from that day to this one – we have had one helluva ride,” says Michelle.

Along with reopening on Mondays, the restaurant will also be launching its fall menu and wine list this week. “There are some truly amazing additions coming to the menu that I am so thrilled about,” says Cristiano Bassani, head Chef of Gene & Georgetti. “Trippa alla Fiorentina was a favorite of Gene’s and is still a favorite of Tony’s and using Gene’s recipe in this kitchen has been a very cool experience,” says Bassani. The chef is also thrilled to be launching homemade pasta for the very first time in the restaurant’s history. “Michelle and I both feel so strongly that our ingredients and processes have to be right in line with what we love about eating in Italy. So this is something we are just so excited to do.”

In addition to several new pasta dishes that will include the homemade pastas, the legendary steakhouse will stay true to its roots and add the Bistecca all Fiorentina to the menu as well. “The Fiorentina is a 48 oz T-Bone steak that is char-broiled and served in true Florentine fashion. It feeds two and includes asparagus as well. The steak comes from our supplier (and family!) at Northwest Meats. Bruno Michelotti, who founded Northwest was Gene’s brother. We are now both three generations working together to bring our customers some of the most delicious and high-quality cuts we can find. It is truly so fun!” says Durpetti.

Gene & Georgetti is open for lunch and dinner, as well as delivery and pick-up 7 days a week. Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM. You can also order their steaks and ship nationwide by visiting

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