It is 2017, and we have just celebrated 28 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.
We’re embracing Valentine’s Day since amore is what Italy is known for. Showing love all year long is classic for young Italian lovers. About 10 years ago, the best-selling book “Ho voglio di te” (I Want You) was released, and the tradition of locking padlocks to various sites began throughout the year. Lovers take their locks of love or Lucchetit dell’Amore, write their names on it, lock it on a bridge, railing, lamp post, etc. and then throw the key away, possibly into a river to symbolize that their love will never end. There are actually laws against this practice now, and at one point, 5,000 locks were removed from the ponte Vecchio in Florence! Read more
Delight your special someone next week by reserving a table for two for a 3-course dinner with a flute of sparkling at our Valentine Lover’s Dinner, Tuesday, February 14 from 5-10 pm. Go the distance, and surprise him or her with a box of Zoe’s Chocolates delivered to your table for just $18! See the menu Call us today at (202) 835-0459.
Want to win dinner for two? Snap a photo of you and your date dining at i Ricchi February 10-17, post it on Instagram or Twitter (tag @iricchidc), and you could win a gift card!
Not smitten this Valentine’s Day?
We have a place for you to celebrate singleness with others. Plan now to come by Thursday, February 9-Saturday, February 11 from 5-7 pm for our Who Needs Cupid Anyway . . . Mingle with Singles. We have specialty $8 cocktails just for you like “Free to Be Me” that you can savor with the complimentary appetizers.
Improve your health this week by indulging in freshly-pressed, air-shipped La Canale unfiltered and organic extra virgin olive oil, straight from the hills of Umbria, harvested from 400-year-old trees. Purchase your tickets now for our “New Oil” & Winter Truffle Dinner Tuesday, January 24 at 7 pm. Hear the history and culture of these trees from olive grove proprietor, Alberto Panella. Also taste the “black diamonds” in our roasted breast of turkey stuffed with veal and black winter truffles served with fried artichokes.
Extra virgin olive oil has been shown to have many health benefits you may not be aware of. It has monounsaturated fats which can reduce inflammation and of course, antioxidants that fight disease. Did you know it can prevent Stroke, protect against heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, fight Alzheimer’s Disease and treat Rheumatoid Arthritis? Some early evidence shows it can prevent cancer. It also has anti-bacterial properties that can fight against stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. Unlike other fats, it doesn’t cause weight gain – that’s a relief! Considering all of these, including EVOO regularly in your diet is a great idea. Read the evidence
Unfortunately, many do not realize that EVOO holds the most nutritional value when it is freshly pressed. Many types we purchase in stores have very little heart health effects left because they have been shipped various times, not handled properly and are no longer fresh. Be sure to choose one that has a production date stamped on it so you know what you are purchasing.
As a woman who has owned and run a business in Washington for 28 years, I am pleased to welcome the thousands of women who will be traveling here on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together recognizing that womens’ rights are human rights. We are inviting any woman – whether a march participant or not – to join us afterwards to exchange ideas and learn from each other at our Women’s March Dinner Conversation, Saturday from 4-10 pm. There will be hot drinks (Vin Brule and Hot Toddies) with savory bites at the Bar and dinner specials. We will also be offering the option of communal seating to encourage dialogue and camaraderie. This march is going global and is even taking place in Florence and Rome!
We also invite you to stop by any time this week through Saturday to try our Inaugural drinks – the Trump-tini (gin, pomegranate, lemon shaken with a splash of prosecco) and Barack Rocks (vodka, lime, Curacao, Sprite) cocktails. Did you know it’s hard to eat at most of the Inaugural parties? Join us for dinner before heading out, and be prepared to party the night away (with a full stomach and comfortable shoes).
After all the buzz of the holidays, it’s back to business as usual, and we want to give you something to look forward to. We’re hosting remarkable events all month long you can only experience at i Ricchi!
We are shipping in olio nuovo (new oil) from Italy for our “New” Oil & Winter Truffle Dinner, Tuesday, January 24 at 7 pm. This is a unique opportunity to taste freshly squeezed 100% pure Italian olive oil. Olive grove proprietor, Alberto Panella, will explain the culture and history of 400 year-old trees that provide this delightful oil. There will also be a presentation on winter black truffles you don’t want to miss. Buy tickets
We are the only one in DC to offer Opulence Revealed – An Exquisite Rémy Martin Cognac Tasting, Friday,
January 27 for 2 sessions at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. This sensorial experience (pictured) has taken place all over the world, and we want you to have this encounter with us at i Ricchi! Purchase your tickets before they sell out