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Authentic Tuscan and Regional Italian Cuisine

Christianna Ricchi_014It is 2015 and we have just celebrated 26 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

We’re looking forward to those beautiful Cherry Blossoms

This year, i Ricchi is offering a special 3-course menu in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival through April 11.  The menu includes our delicious homemade tagliolini with spring peas and lemon sauce, veal scaloppini and our special cherry mousse with cherry salsa and fresh mint all for $49.  We hope you enjoy the beautiful blossoms and that you get the opportunity to try our cherry mousse – we only offer it once a year!Cherry mousse

Virtual Tastings from Female Vintners Part 2

Wino Facts: Tuscany

Capital: Florence

Native Grape: Numerous, including Sangiovese

Wino Factoid: It’s said that the Ancient Etruscans started their winemaking and study of grapes as far back as the 8th Century BC!

 


Wino Facts: Umbria

Capital: Perugia

Native Grape: Sangratino

Wino Factoid: The origin of the Sangratino grape is a mystery–some say Franciscan Friars brought it to the region, others say the Saracens, nevertheless, it was nearly wiped out of existence in the 1960’s.

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Today is part two of our virtual wine tastings. With the focus on two of the four wines we’ll be serving during our Women & Wine event: The New Faces at the Old Vineyards. We’ll be flying to famed Tuscany, and ending in the home base for i Ricchi’s food, Umbira.

Tuscany’s winemaking is famous for its chianti–with hilly soils and a perfect climate, wild vines grew all across the region.

Tuscany has one of the most notable wine regions, and is home to a wide range of wines, from chianti, montepulciano and even the sweet Vin Santo. Going back to the 8th century BC, Tuscany certainly knows what they’re doing!

In the historical Tuscan region, we find the Gaja family with their Promis wine.

This wine was created to represent hope, commitment and the promise of good things to come. The grapes are grown in rich dark soils, a perfect environment. Find hints of espresso, candied cherry and rum cake.

Cabernet is to John Wayne, as Nebbiolo is to Marcello Mastroianni. Cabernet has a strong personality, open, easily understood and dominating. If Cabernet were a man, he would do his duty every night in the bedroom, but always in the same way. Nebbiolo, on the other hand, would be the brooding, quiet man in the corner, harder to understand but infinitely more complex. – Angelo Gaja on Nebbiolo

Flying to Umbira, we see that the grapes for the Sangratino Di Montefalco  wine have been grown for centuries.

Scored as one of the top five montefalco wines,  expect a melange of tastes, starting with the aroma of blue flowers and black fruit, while finishing with creamy cherry, white pepper and blackberry.

This wine has been one of the more sought-after wines from the region. With a dark ruby color, if aged, the wine develops a distinct garnet “edge”.

Expect tannins, and a firm, yet refined experience.

Virtual Tastings from Female Vintners

Wino Facts: Veneto

Capital: Venice

Native Grape: Rossignola

Wino Factoid: The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. (via: winecountry.it)

 

Today is part one of our virtual wine tastings. With the focus on two of the four wines we’ll be serving during our Women & Wine event: The New Faces at the Old Vineyards. We’ll be sticking to the Veneto region of Italy–famed for the canales of its capital city, Venice; this region boasts more than gondolas and impressive wine activity!

A staple in northern Italian geography, the region culturally serves as a transition between the alpine areas of Northern Italy, and the dryer and more temperate Roman regions. Wine-searcher.com says that Veneto is slightly smaller than Italy’s other main wine-producing regions –Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia and Sicily – it generates more wine than any of them, and is becoming increasingly important in the wine trade.

Veneto’s fame grew rather recently with the introduction of Valpolicella, Amarone, Soave and Prosecco wines.

Hailing from the famed Venetian region, Sylvia Franco’s Faìve Sparkling Rose Brut wine has a fiery background. It is said when the farmers burn the wood from the grape’s pruning, the direction in which the sparks fly is said to forecast the result of the harvest.

Faìve is the Venetian word for “sparks”, and like the fires that burn for our love of wine, the taste is persistent, with a natural softness.

While in the Venetian region, we visit the Anselmi estate, sitting atop some of the highest areas between Monteforte and Soave. Using the local grapes, Lisa Anselmi’s San Vincenzo wine pairs well with lightly-seasoned seafood and chicken.

With a crisp lemon-lime taste, hints of Venetian spring can be detected with a touch of apricot and yellow apples.

 

 

We’re Featuring Women Wine-Makers from Italy

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) all month long with special events and offers, featuring women wine-makers.

We hope you can join us for some of the following upcoming activities! March 23-28, we are participating in RAMW’s Spring Wine Fling with a flight of wine for $12. The flight includes 3 wines from 3 regions and 3 different women wine-makers.

We’re hosting a tour of Italy, as we taste wines from 4 different women wine makers. On Wednesday, March 25, join us for Women & Wine: The New Faces Behind the Old Vineyards. We’ll taste wines from Veneto, Tuscany and Umbria paired with delicious Tuscan bites. We hope to see you there!

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