About Gaspare Antonio Pietro Gatti
Luigi was born on January 3, 1875 at Montaldo Pavese (Pavia), he left his native Italy to go for career in England, after having done the management of great restaurants in London. He was hired as an independent restaurateur from the White Star Line, directed the first large restaurant of ' Olympic and then extending to the Titanic .He was responsible to hire and pay their staff, as well as directly oversaw the purchases. Passengers who wished to eat a special meal or celebrate an important event received from "Mr. Cat" enlightening advice. We chose a room staff who knew well that the majority was made up of Italians, and surrounded himself with top professionals. Luigi Gatti knew that you had to do kitchen risky choices: took many Italians and French who already worked in the great houses of London, and that was how he met Pierre Rousseau. The latter was hired in 1911 by the White Star Line as a chef in the kitchens of ' Olympic before moving to the Titanic , which, later, he became manager of the kitchen. On board were sixty chefs, a various assistants and a forty room staff even more numerous. All this little world on the Titanic in large dorm-cabins that had nothing in common with the passenger cabins of second and even more so, with those of the first classes. reportedly under the management of Luigi Gatti were 26 Italians, 17 French, 6 English, 6 Swiss, 1 Belgian, 1 Dutch and 1 Spanish. Except for Luigi, who was housed in a cabin class D of the bridge, all the team members were housed in cabins, with more beds, the bridge E. The press estimated, for example, without prior confirmation, however, that 50 Italians (mainly waiters) were drowned: no data was done, since there existed a complete list. By contrast, one of the brothers Peracchio, among survivors. This state of affairs in France provoked vehement stance Carnet d'Epicure, that May 15, 1912 railed against these deficient and incomplete information: "We do not yet know, at this very moment, and probably will not ever know, the names of all our compatriots hired by the restaurant of the Titanic . " Later in the same article you spoke of "incomplete list", or even forgetfulness "that are almost insults." Chef Rousseau had, however, an opportunity for salvation. Not being a member of the crew, the stewards of the people who control officers went up on deck to board the lifeboats they let him go, he told Paul Mauge, sole survivor of the kitchens. But Rousseau was afraid to jump in the boat, which already began to move away from the ship, and that they found three or four feet down, despite the exhortations of Mauge, which he would respond to being too fat. The chef disappeared, adding his name to the list of "25 or 30 good French chefs" , and helping to increase the "painful surprise" of the French chefs who noted bitterly that the White Star Line " could provide the exact number of cans or bags of flour on board the Titanic , while none of the company was able to tell how many cooks they were on board. " There were even those marked by bad luck before boarding, as Swiss Narciso Bazzi, a veteran of the ' Olympic that while he was in vacation, was summoned by telegram to replace an ailing colleague. He did not really want to leave, but he did the same. Mr. Gatti did not have the same the same luck. His lifeless body was fished out in the freezing water. Brought to wear his ring adorned with a large diamond, the cufflinks engraved with the initials LG, and the gold watch that he would not be served any more.
- Name: Sig. Gaspare Antonio Pietro Gatti
- Born: Sunday 3rd January 1875
- Age: 37 years
- Marital Status: Married.
- Last Residence: at Montalto, Harborough Road Southampton Hampshire England - Map
- Occupation: à la Carte Restaurant Manager
- A la Carte crew
- First Embarked: Southampton
- Died in the sinking.
- Body recovered by: Minia (No. 313)
- Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Friday 10th May 1912.
Sig. Gaspare Antonino Pietro (Luigi) Gatti, 36, was born in Montalto Pavese, Italy at 3 a.m. on 3 January 1875. He was one of eleven children of Paolo Gatti and Maria Nascimbene. His father Paolo was a local councillor responsible for a municipal department and "country peacemaker" (? Justice of the peace or magistrate).
Gatti left Italy for England when he was still young. He married a British subject and together they he had a son, Vittorio. Luigi was the only member of his family to move away from Italy, and when he found success he sent money back the family in Montalto Pavese. When Luigi Gatti signed on to the Titanic on 6th April 1912, he gave his home address as "Montalto", Harborough Road, Southampton.
Luigi Gatti joined the Restaurant business at an early age. In London, he ran two Ritz restaurants, the 'Gatti's' Adelphi' and the 'Gatti's Strand'. On the Olympic and later the Titanic, he would run the à la carte restaurants with staff drawn from his two London restaurants.
Gatti died in the sinking, his body was recovered by the Minia (#313) and buried in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
NO. 313. - ESTIMATED AGE, 36.
EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; sovereign case; Kruger sovereign; silver match box; $6 American notes; pair cuff links marked "L. G."; diamond ring; 2 collar buttons; knife marked "Imperial Restaurant"; key; rubber eraser; lead pencil; in case, 7 sovereigns, 2 half sovereigns, 5/6d in silver, copper coins; bunch of keys with the following tags: "Comptroller's Office restaurant 1st class entrance to "B" deck; the other "Restaurant Manager, entrance to Cafe Parisian"; laundry, marked on linen collar "H. R."; two pocket knives marked "H. R. ; one pair gloves.
NAME - LUIGI GATTI. Montalto, Harborough Rd., Southampton.
Most of the belongings were returned to Gatti's wife in London but a single dollar bill, from the wallet recovered with his body, was sent back to the relatives in Italy.
References and Sources
- United States Senate, Washington 1912.
- n° 806, Crew List
- Titanic Commutator, Crew List, 1 February 1975
- Renato Gatti, Montalto Pavese, Italy.
- Claudio Mazza, Italy
- Gianluca Parodi, Italy
- Hermann Söldner, Germany