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

Coming in May: Musical Benefit with Denyce Graves & Mother’s Day

If you or a loved one has ever experienced the impact of having a child in need of extended medical care, you understand the struggles the situation places on families and their daily lives. We want to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, launched in 1978, to assist families in these trying times. Join us for Guest Chef Night – If Music Be the Food of Love with Denyce Graves, Tuesday, May 8 at 6 pm, and know that you are impacting numerous local families when you purchase your $350 ticket. Together with her students from the Peabody Conservatory, internationally-renowned, mezzo soprano, Denyce Graves will present arias of Verdi, Puccini, Donaudy and Offenbach as well as Neapolitan love songs. An opera-themed menu – prepared by Denyce and her friends – with premier wines will be offered in a comfortable, casual, communal atmosphere. Get tickets & see menu (Picture credit: IMGARTISTS.COM)

It is known that most Italians have stronger feelings of loyalty to their families than they have to their country . . . and mothers are the foundation of the family. So it is no wonder Mother’s Day is an important holiday in Italy. Treat your mother to a special day, and create a lasting memory with us at our Festa della Mamma – Mother’s Day Sparkling Celebration, Sunday, May 13 from 12-6 pm. Order off our regular or children’s menus, or try something from our featured Mother’s Day menu.

Start Spring with a New Perspective

We at i Ricchi have a vision to offer our community more than just great food. We specifically create events to impact how we live and provide opportunities to give back, especially to those in our local area. Usher in Spring with us by gaining a new perspective with these two impactful events.

  • Need a fresh look for Spring and Summer? Stop by Thursday, April 5 during lunch (11:30 am-2:30 pm) or dinner (5-8 pm) to Shop for India Hicks apparel and jewelry, and impact local teachers and their students through GrantED! This great local organization funds classroom expenses for teachers primarily in Wards 7 and 8. They use a “30-day micro-grant cycle” with an easy request option they can access on their cell phones. Complimentary Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 5 pm for those who are supporting the cause.
  • If your life feels like a whirlwind, and you would like to stop and smell the cherry blossoms, we can help! Plan now to attend our Need to Know Dinner with Laurie Cameron, author of The Mindful Day (just released by National Geographic) on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 pm. Take an interactive, sensory journey through this 4-course, rustic meal crafted by Chef Ricchi with “fram to table” recipes she learned from the local Italian “mammas” while living in Tuscany. Laurie will also provide practical tips on how you can focus and find more joy in your everyday life while influencing others around you to do the same. $89 (exclusive tax and tip). See the menu and get tickets now!

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!

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.

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