It is 2016, and we have just celebrated 27 years at the helm of the DC restaurant scene! My 18 years in the Tuscan countryside fueled the passion, authenticity and the magic for i Ricchi that has earned us accolades and awards such as the Hottest Restaurant in Washington and One of the Best Italian Restaurants in the World. In an age of constant change and innovation, we deliver what people expect of an Italian dining experience: comforting, authentic, quality food. With a wine list that is 100% from Italian wineries, a wood-burning hearth that produces the signature taste of the Tuscan grill, and our updated twists on classic recipes, you will leave with an appreciation for the rustic country food of Italy. From the food, to the frescos on the walls, the original terracotta floors and antique olive oil urns, we want to transport you to Tuscany even if just for a little while.
Celebrate your mom with i Ricchi by bringing her to our restaurant on her special day or by purchasing a gift card. Being a mother is one of the most paramount blessings in my life. I am especially enjoying being a grandmother to a sweet little toddler and her new baby brother. Motherhood is a rare gift with its joys and challenges, and I am pleased to tell you we are opening for the first time ever on Mother’s Day this year! We want to make your mom feel like a queen as she dines with us at our Festa della Mamma – Mother’s Day Sparkling Celebration, Sunday, May 8 from 12-6 pm. The 3-course meal is $59 (exclusive of tax and gratuity). See the menu: Festa della Mamma
If you are not able to be with your mother on her special day, consider giving her a gift card to i Ricchi! We are offering $100 gift cards for your mom for only $80! Call the restaurant at (202) 835-0459 to purchase. We will mail or email a card to the address you supply with a personal message from you!
Many from the community joined us for our Paint, Pasta & Philanthropy Wednesday, March 23 and had a wonderful time! We featured young DC artist Shawn Michael Perkins “Perkasso” as he painted the beautiful cherry blossom adorned painting on the right. WHUT-TV filmed the evening for their new series ARTICO about art in the community. We received a lot of bids on the painting during the event, and the Silent Auction is remaining open through April 16. Place your bid by stopping by our restaurant or by calling 202-835-0459. Proceeds will go to a charity of the winning bidder’s choice and to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It thrilled us to see the community come together for a great art happening and to enjoy delicious food!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is such a beautiful and exciting time of year with Spring blooming around us and more than 1.5 million people celebrating! I am very honored to be serving on the board of the festival this year. We invite you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection when you attend our event that is on the festival schedule: Paint, Pasta & Philanthropy! Plan to stop by Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30 pm to watch Shawn Michael Perkins, A.K.A. “Perkasso” paint a cherry blossom adorned DC landscape while you watch and sip a cocktail or glass of wine. This fresh work of art will be auctioned to the highest bidder, and the proceeds will go to a charity of the bidder’s choice as well as to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Find out more about the festival here.
i Ricchi has built a business around honoring and empowering women, and for Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating women leaders, wine-makers and inviting everyone to join us! On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day by giving ladies 50% off their bill all day, and we hosted a special happy hour for alumnae of all-women’s colleges. On March 10, we hosted the “Beyond the Ceiling” Launch Party to celebrate a new podcast featuring amazing women.
Modern-day Italy still has a more traditional view of women’s roles than the U.S. Statistically, the Bureau of Labor shows that an average of 53.5% of working-age civilian women were employed in the U.S. from 2010-2012, but only 34.7% of Italian women were employed; but this is growing. There are a number of women pioneers stepping out in the wine-making business. I’m highlighting these women by participating in the Spring Wine Fling, March 21-26, offering a Wine Flight by women wine-makers: 3 wines and 3 regions for $15. I also have a special evening planned at the end of March: The Grand Dames of Italian Wine, Wednesday, March 30 where you’ll learn from a wine specialist about four of Italy’s most prominent wineries and the women who are influencing them. Don’t miss this chance to savor the pairings I have chosen to highlight each tasteful sip!
Ladies, know that you are worth honoring all year long! I invite you to join my Women’s Club and receive 50% off your bill every Tuesday you dine with us! I also host a DEWD dinner monthly for distinguished women to network around a delicious dinner and drinks.
Please click here to go to the events page for more information on all of these events!