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Long service in Yarm from Italian waiter
AN ITALIAN waiter is celebrating working 35 years at Yarm’s oldest restaurant, and says he has no plans to quit just yet.
Gianni Dorsi, 62, is very well known in the town after working as head waiter at Santoro Restaurant since it opened in 1978.
The father-of-two has continuously worked in restaurants since he was 14 years old and got his first job aged just 12 in his home town of Polignono a Mare in southern Italy.
He went on to work in Germany where he met and fell in love with a Teesside girl and moved to England in 1974. He only ever feels like returning to Italy when the weather is particularly bad, he said.
He worked with Santoro’s owner, Vince Serino, at another Yarm restaurant, Constables, and moved to Santoro, when Mr Serino established the new eaterie. Previously he had worked at the Queen’s and Swallow Hotels in Stockton.
“I love my job,” said Mr Dorsi. “It’s changed over the years, it was, maybe, a bit more intimate before, but I know so many people and I’m friendly with a lot of clients and you meet so many people.
"On the anniversary I’ll be working, it’ll be another day for me. I just want to say ‘thank you’ to Vince for letting me work, it’s been like a family. There’s no chance of me retiring, I’ll just keep going.”
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