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.
Our Banfi Red Wine Dinner, Wednesday October 5 at 7 pm is fast approaching, and we are glad to give you an opportunity to learn about the remarkable Castello Banfi. The third-generation owners, cousins Cristina Mariani-May and James Mariani, felt it important to connect with their extraordinary territory as proclaimed at their inauguration in 1984 “It is our fondest desire that this project will be good for the people of Montalcino, good for Italy, good for America, good for all people who love fine wine.” They strive to incorporate history and much research to produce the finest wines possible. Read more here
The wines will be amazing, but so will the food! You will get the chance to try Pappardelle Sull’Anatra – artisanal thick egg pasta ribbons with slow simmered Tuscan duck ragu during your second course. Sink your teeth into Filetto al Mirtillo (grilled filet mignon with a blueberry sauce) as you enjoy the King of Wines – Brunello. Check out the other courses and pairings here. If your mouth is watering just reading this, get your tickets now!
We cannot physically pick up the pieces of the broken town, Amatrice, which suffered an earthquake August 24. But we can join over 600 chefs across the world to provide a dinner of Spaghetti all’Amatriciana with wines from Italy’s most renowned wineries and together provide for them to rebuild.
Italy is in my heart. I spent my formative years in a little town very similar to Amatrice. I can vividly imagine what these poor people are facing. This situation deeply saddens me, and I want to do more than just pray for them. We hope you’ll join with i Ricchi to support this devastated area and bring them hope together with the immediate essentials they need to begin rebuilding. Please help us spread the word. Invite your family and friends to join with us in this effort. Proceeds will go to ItalianAmericanRelief.org
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If you prefer the Asian appeal, we have a special night for you at our Italian Sake Dinner Tuesday, August 30 at 7 pm when you can experience the coming together of the cultures of Italy and Japan. You may not be aware that sake was first introduced in Italy in 2001 at the Bra and Slow Food Cheese Festival by Makiko Tejima when her idea to pair sake and cheese was crowd pleasing. In July 2015, a Milano Sake Week took place in relation to the Expo Milano. The focus of Sake week was to show how Japanese sake can adapt to different cultures’ foods. Italians are embracing sake, and you now can find it being offered in many restaurants there. For more about sake in Italy, click here. Be sure to buy your tickets now to give us your opinion of how well sake pairs with Italian!
Giorgio Colutta is visiting the states for a short time, and we are excited he will be with us this Wednesday, August 10 at 7 pm for our Under the Friulian Stars Wine Dinner. Along with his distinctive Colutta wines, we will be serving a special Friulian menu. The meal will begin with San Daniele Proscuitto which is produced only in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region alongside a very typical Friulian dish of “Frico” – Montasio cheese crisps (pictured). Our second course of Tagliolini Alla Trota Affumicata (hand-cut fresh egg pasta and smoked trout) incorporates poppy seeds which isn’t a standard Italian seasoning. The Friuli area flavors are influenced by its proximity to Austria and Eastern Europe. You may also see the use of dill, ginger, saffron and wild herbs and grasses in this style of cooking.
We’ve all had Italian, but this is your chance to try Friulian Italian which offers a unique palate of flavors for your tongue to savor. Get your tickets now before they sell out, and escape to Friuli, Italy with us.