1220 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 835-0459

Authentic Tuscan and Regional Italian Cuisine

Christianna Ricchi_014It is 2018, and we have just celebrated 29 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.

-Christianne Ricchi

Mimosa Cake, Meatballs and Irish Cocktails Coming in March

After a long Winter, we are looking forward to March ushering in Spring! We are celebrating women, reclaiming St. Patty’s Day, featuring special menus throughout March and practicing mindfulness. Stop by to take part in these special days with us!

  • On Italy’s Festa della Donna otherwise known as International Women’s Day, women receive beautiful bunches of yellow mimosa considered a symbol of strength and femininity. To celebrate, we will pay homage to the beautiful flowering branches (and to the women who receive them) by featuring this glowing Mimosa cake, Thursday, March 8.
  • Everyone loves meatballs . . . and everyone thinks theirs is the best recipe. We do too. So why not come Friday, March 9 on National Meatball Day and compare. A plateful featured at the Bar for only $10.
  • Go green with us on Saturday, March 17 from 5-10 pm by enjoying our Italians Reclaim St. Patrick’s Day menu and drink specials.
  • Honor St. Joseph, the patron saint of Italy, with us during Festa di San Giuseppe, Monday, March 19, and taste our complimentary delicious “fritelle di riso” – rice fritters at the Bar.
  • The Cherry Blossom Festival is coming soon, and we are highlighting the arrival of Spring with our Cherry Picks Menu, available from Tuesday, March 20 until Saturday, April 14. More info to come. Post your best cherry blossom picture on our Facebook page, and if yours is our favorite, you could win a dinner for two!
  • Want practical approaches to applying the skills of mindfulness and compassion to live with more wonder and appreciation? Come to our next Need to Know Dinner with Laurie Cameron, Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm. Featuring her new book, The Mindful Day, newly released by National Geographic. Get tickets and info

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . We are very excited to announce an extraordinary evening of Italian opera and food with Soprano, Performer, Diva and Chef, Denyce Graves. Join us on Tuesday, May 8 for our Guest Chef Night – If Music Be The Food Of Love, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington.

i Ricchi: Women-Owned, Traditional Cuisine Recognition

As we kick off Women’s History month, we are excited that we will soon be celebrating 30 years as a woman-owned business.  We’ve had the great pleasure of being interviewed and recognized in the last year by multiple outlets; a round-up is below.  We hope you’ll check out the articles and interviews to learn more about our roots…and what’s coming soon.

Check out our Press Page for more articles and radio interviews.

Celebrate Everyone You Love!

“L’amore e nel vostro cuore, non di rimanere, ma per essere condivisa” – Love is in your heart, not to stay, but to be shared.

This thought easily could have been taken from Tim Shriver’s remarks at our Need To Know dinner last week. He asked us to open our hearts and to see life through a different lens. He spoke of breaking down boundaries and healing where there are divisions – that we find our best selves when we are bridging gaps. For those of you who couldn’t come to our sold out evening with Tim Shriver, here is the video of his talk.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re reminded everywhere to celebrate those we love. I believe Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers, though. For me, it has always been a time to pause and celebrate ALL the people we love. One of my fondest childhood memories is waiting for Dad at the Long Island Railroad station as he returned from work every day. But Valentine’s Day was special. As the train passed, he would appear with arms full of flowers and chocolates – the big bouquet for Mom and the little one for me. Funny how I can still feel the warmth of his love in this simple memory.

Of course this Valentine’s Day the restaurant will be filled with couples in love treating themselves to a romantic candlelit experience. But wouldn’t it be special if we used this holiday to reach out to all the people we love to break bread and create a lasting memory? What little girl wouldn’t love to have a special dinner with her Daddy, or what Mother wouldn’t cherish an invitation to dine with her son? Or maybe it’s just a group of friends who can rarely find the time to meet, coming together to enjoy some great food and wine.

Our San Valentino menu is a four-course feast featuring many of our customer’s favorites. But to ensure our offerings are family friendly, we are also offering our a la carte menu as well. Reservations can be made for Wednesday, February 14 from 5-10 pm by calling (202) 835-0459.

To continue another i Ricchi tradition for all those ladies out there – grab a pal and come to our “Gal-entine’s” Squeeze, Friday, February 16 from 5-8 pm. We’ll be featuring some fun cocktails like Girls Just Want to Have Fun with complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres.

Find details here about our Mardi Gras special and “New” Olive Oil Dinner later this month.

DC Comes Together in January

One thing we know from living and working in DC: Washingtonians are an active, vocal, adventurous group of people.  From active protests and marches, to trying new restaurants and menus, many people who live and work in DC come together to support the city-wide initiatives and events. i Ricchi is excited to participate in several DC-area events this month, and we hope you can join us!

Saturday, January 20 we are providing a gathering place for those involved in the Women’s March on the Polls 2018. We will open early at 3 pm for you to have a respite from the cold as we serve warm drinks and your favorite comfort foods. We will also offer communal seating options to facilitate the exchange of ideas and meeting new people.

Restaurant Week is always a great way to try new dishes for special prices at your favorite restaurants or to visit restaurants that you were always curious about. We participate every year and were the driving force behind its inception more than 15 years ago when a small group of concerned restaurateurs got together to address the crisis after 9/11. Plan to dine with us for $22 3-course lunches and $35 3-course dinners, Monday-Saturday, January 22-27.  

We’re looking forward to an insightful and inspirational 3-course Need to Know Dinner with Tim Shriver, nephew of President John F. Kennedy and Chairman of Special Olympics International, when he will talk about The Revolution Is Inclusion, Monday, January 29 at 7 pm. Tim has spent his life promoting the marginalized to create a better society. Hear from him for insight into what matters most in life and how to embrace your own new vision. Get tickets now! If you would like to donate toward Special Olympics International, click here.

For more information and to make reservations, go to our Events page.

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