The following is from the Hotel Review written October 4, 1930



Is Son of Maitre d'hotel at Cleveland Statler

Francis Santi, son of Federico Santi, maitre d'hotel of Hotel Statler, Cleveland who for the past five years has been receiving an education in Europe, is enrolled this fall at the Swiss Hotel Professional School, Lausanne, where he plans to take a special kitchen course for four months. At the conclusion of this course, he will go to the Hotel Continental, in Paris, as apprentice in the kitchen of that famous hotel for a period of one year.

His next stop in the hotel training will be London, in the dining room department of the Savoy. This will be followed by a period of training in the auditing department of a high-class hotel in Berlin, winding up as chef de reception, at the Excelsior, in Rome, for a short period. At the completion of his studies abroad, Mr. Santi will return to America where he will assume duties in the front part of the house of a first-class hotel.

Miss Marcella Santi has been abroad with her brother for the same length of time, following him through the various European cities and specializing in the study of foreign languages and receiving a commercial training. Mrs Santi joined her children early this spring, and Mr. Santi plans to be united with his family next June when he will spend a few months vacation with them.

Federico Santi has been maitre d'hotel at Cleveland Statler since 1920, coming at that time from the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, which he opened as assistant maitre d'hotel.

Mr. Santi is a speaker much in demand on the subject of Mussolini and Modern Italy as well as on his chosen line of work. Among the clubs of Greater Cleveland before which he has spoken recently are the Women's Club, Rotary, Shrine Luncheon Club, and the Men's Club and Women's League. He has also spoken before the Rotary and other clubs of Youngstown, Massilon and Canton.

In a recent address he urged state schools for the training of hotel employees and strongly endorsed the methods and procedure at the Swiss Institution where boys take turns waiting upon each other under guidance of experts.

Federico Santi was born in Grand Hotel Bellevue, Florence, Italy, owned and managed by his father. There he began his career at the age of 12 as a page boy. He has had experience in Germany, France, England, and Italy and Austria. He speaks four languages fluently.

During the World's Fair in Rome, in 1911, he opened and managed the largest hotel on the exhibition grounds where he served all the royalty who came to Rome.

The Santi Family of Florence Italy*

Francesco Santi: Father of Federico and Alfredo Santi; born in Piancaldoli Italy May 10th 1848; Died in Rome Italy May 4, 1913.

Maria Chirarina Santi: nee Macchiavelli; Mother of Federico and Alfredo Santi; born in Pian Del Volgio Italy (Tuscany); died in Florence Italy August 23rd 1896 at 11 a.m.

Alfredo Santi; son of Francesco and Maria Chiraina Santi; a brother of Federico Santi; born in Florence Italy June 30th 1884; died in Rome Italy December 28th 1904.

Other Members of Santi Family thru second marriage of Francesco Santi

Maria Santi: nee Raspanti, widow of Francesco Santi and Step-Mother of Federico Santi. Born in La-Mazzetta Presso Pietramala, Prov-Firenze Italy. Died at La-Mazzetta

From this second Marriage of Francesco Santi was born

Alfredo Santi: born in Rome, Italy. March 15, 1905.

"Alfredo Santi is therfore a full legal brother of Federico Santi to all terms of Italian Laws sharing in equal part with Federico Santi to all property left by the late Francesco Santi, their Father."

Wedding Anniversaries


Federico and Helen Santi

November 9th: wedding took place in New York City in the year 1911.

Francesco and Marcella born at 945 6th Avenue, New York, NY.

Data on the citizen papers for Federico Santi

United States of America Certificate of Naturalization No. 985693

Petition Volume 28944

Issued in Philadelphia on March 25th 1919 under Signature of S.S. Daule, Deputy Clerk of District Court, United States Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Federico Santi's trips to Europe since 1910

November 19, 1910 - S.S. Berlin: New York to Naples

November 3, 1911-Prinzess-Irene: Naples to New York

May 25, 1913 - Campenello: N.Y. to Rotterdam

August 12, 1913 - New Amsterdam: Antwerp to New York

July 7, 1925 - Giulio Cesare: New York to Genoa

September 5, 1925 - Giulio Cesare: Naples to New York

July 7, 1927 - Duilio: New York to Naples

Augsut 24, 1927 - Mauretania: Southhampton to New York

June 12, 1929 - Mauretania: New York to Charbourg

August 28, 1929 - Isle De France: Le Harve to New York

June 18, 1938 - Conte Di Savoia: New York to Naples

September 1, 1938 - Rex: Naples to New York

June 17, 1939 - Conte Di Savoia: New York to Naples

August 30, 1939 - Queen Mary: Charbourg to New York

Convitto Nazionale Cicognini Prato

Hotel Montebeni Lamazzetta Pietramala

The Balkwill Family Shop

My Fathers Mothers family had a shop at 1351 Broadway in New York from about 1875 thorough the turn of the century. I guess that being a shopkeeper must be in my blood.

*Notes from a hand written journal by Federico Santi

The Drawing Room is located at 152-154 Spring Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840.We are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment. If you have an interest in an item listed in this document or wish to purchase an item, please call us at 1-401-841-5060. Our email address is: All images copyright by F. Santi, 2009