Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Leonardo Di Giovanni, General Manager of La Côte never thought he’d work in the hospitality industry. Once he reached the age of 18, Leo decided to move to the U.S. along with his brother to further his education abroad and never looked back. While studying Industrial Design and Economics in college, Leonardo needed extra funds to support his lifestyle and landed a job as a busser which lead him to become a food runner, server and eventually a restaurant manager. He greatly believes that having an overall passion for food and hospitality is the motivation needed to excel and eventually has helped him work his way to General Manager.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My Dad is my hero! Throughout my entire life, I wanted to be just like him. He also studied to be an Engineer, but eventually had a change of heart and became a photographer.
Where have you traveled & lived around the world?
Most of Europe; all over the states and Mexico. I’ve also visited many islands in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas where I was married.
If I weren’t at Fontainebleau®, I’d be…
In the Bahamas, operating my own boat excursion business
The three qualities that got me where I am today:
Being humble, ambitious, and optimistic
Kind of work I’d do for free:
Volunteering and pet-sitting for dogs
Change I’d like to see in my industry:
Technology is constantly evolving. I would like to see more apps tailored to restauranteurs for greater experiences and engagement.
Who I admire and why:
I think highly of individuals who stop at nothing to accomplish their dreams. I’ve seen many people work fulltime jobs, and still have the time and energy to cultivate their own passions and goals. No matter the circumstances that may occur, never giving up is something to admire.
Last thing I binge-watched:
Narcos on Netflix
If I could live in a foreign country,
it would be the Bahamas
On my bucket list:
To skydive and fly a small plane with complete control of the cockpit.
Make sure when you dine at La Côte, to say hi to Leonardo!