Francesco T.

IC Associate

Eataly Boston
Francesco T.

Year Joined the Eataly Team: 2023
Eataly Favorite: Agnolotti del plin

Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Francesco moved to the USA to attend college in Colorado where he studied sports management. Shortly after relocating to New England, Francesco came to a job fair at Eataly Boston. In 2023, he joined the team as Inventory Control Associate. In his role, he processes all invoices for the store and manages data related to inventory – work that is pivotal to store operations and financial outcomes.

Francesco takes his responsibilities seriously and seeks to understand all the ways he can be a resource for his team members. For instance, when our Kitchen Manager was out on vacation, Francesco took on responsibilities so his teammate would not be too behind upon his return. Francesco regularly asks questions and loves to learn. No matter the task, he approaches it with open-mindedness and a positive attitude. Not only does Francesco’s work contribute greatly to the success of the store, his kind and generous spirit enriches our culture on a daily basis.

How did your interest in food begin?
“My family has a huge passion for food. My grandparents owned a grocery store in northern Italy and had their own fruit and vegetable garden. My dad works for the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome. Everybody in my family loves to cook and to go out to restaurants. As a kid, I would love to go to the market on the weekend and cook with my family. I remember how excited we were when Eataly opened in Rome. We would go there for celebrations and special occasions. I tried agnolotti del plin there for the first time, and I love that I can still eat it in Boston.”

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I knew that I wanted to do something related to Italy abroad. I think Italy is a very unique place, and many people want to go there to try the food and experience the culture, history, and tradition. But sometimes I still think it’s under promoted. So I was always intrigued by the idea of working for an Italian company and promoting my culture. I felt like it was part of my identity, and I wanted to follow this path.”

What is your favorite memory of your time at Eataly?
“During my second week, we had to do the biannual inventory control count. Initially, it sounded intimidating, and I was a little nervous because I didn’t know many people on the team yet. We started counting while the store was still open and there were customers. Then, the store started emptying out. The later it got, I felt like I was officially becoming a team member, as opposed to a customer. By the end of that night, I felt that I bonded with several people in the store. It was a really nice feeling.”

What have you learned during your time at Eataly so far?
“I am coming to understand the importance of cost control within a company. It’s very important to track weekly so our reports are accurate and so that we can make any adjustments to be in a healthy financial state at month-end. I’ve also learned a lot about communication. Every day, I talk with many people, and it’s important to identify the right moment to approach others to have a conversation.”

Who inspires you?
“My mom. She is from a small town in Vermont. She studied opera in college and spent a semester in Rome. There, she met an Italian guy in the streets … haha … (who now is my dad!). Without knowing any Italian at all, she decided to move to Italy and completely change her life. Now, she actually works in an Italian school. My mom’s life shows me ‘you never know what can happen in your life’, and this can mean both positive and negative things. I respect my mom’s courage to have embraced a surprise in her life. Thinking of her gives me courage.”

Outside of Eataly, what do you like to do?
“I like to cook. I love soccer and watching games on TV. I also like to go running and to play tennis.”

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