The summer of 2018 marked a milestone for Giovanni Rizzi, who quietly celebrated his 40th anniversary at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, where he started in the kitchens and became Maître d’hôtel of the cabanas in 1983.
Among his many cherished memories is watching Marc Chagall spend days drawing in his cabana (Chagall’s wife, Valentina, used to sift through the wastebaskets afterwards to recover discarded sketches, and would sign bills in his stead to avoid leaving a trace).
“What I love about the hotel is its family atmosphere among staff as well as the relationships you build with the clients,”
he says. The secret to being the perfect Maître d’hôtel “Remaining calm,” he replies, half-jokingly.
“But in truth, it’s all in the smile.”