Mâitre d' and Fromager, Louis Risoli, instills the philosophy of “chasing perfection” into the front of the house by way of his diligent and meticulous orchestration of L’Espalier’s three dinning rooms. In doing so, Risoli ensures a dinning experience that far surpasses guests’ expectations night after night.

Risoli began his career with L’Espalier over 22 years ago; just five years after the restaurant first opened its doors at the original Boylston Street location. As Mâitre d’ for the past two decades, he has been integral in creating and maintaining the standard of excellence that has become synonymous with L’Espalier. Over the 20 years they have worked together, Risoli and Chef McClelland have developed a symbiotic relationship that is unparalleled. Risoli’s ability to anticipate the needs of the dining rooms and communicate with the kitchen is incomparable, some might even say psychic.

In addition to maintaining harmony throughout the dining rooms and with the kitchen, Risoli’s intense passion for cheese has been the driving force behind the Grand Fromage, at L’Espalier since 1988 and the Cheese Tuesday program, which he and Chef McClelland initiated in 2002.

A successful exhibiting artist in Boston for the last 25 years, Risoli’s artistic eye has been fundamental in preserving the look and feel of L’Espalier. From working with Chef McClelland to hand-select the artwork for L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre to various design projects, as well as coordinating the numerous wedding engagements and private events that take place at L’Espalier.