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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.

The Holidays at i Ricchi

For some reason, as I began holiday preparations, I found myself questioning why this time of year was so meaningful. Of course it is the celebration of Christ’s birth, an event that has changed the course of mankind. But there are traditions that have developed around Christmas that carry a strong message too. Traditions help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They contribute a sense of comfort and belonging.

Maybe it’s because this probably will be the first Christmas my little grandchildren will remember, I have been giving much thought to my own family’s traditions as well as what I want to establish as new ones going forward. They have already experienced the rites of decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting Santa to ask for a toy and even the concept of being naughty or nice. I even pulled out a red leather strip of sleigh bells that hung in my childhood home, and now little two-year-old grandson marches around the house waving that strip and singing his version of Jingle Bells at the top of his lungs. What a sweet sound and what joyful traditions – albeit small – that remind us that we are part of a history that has shaped who we are today.

After many years of facilitating traditions here at the restaurant, we welcome this season with great anticipation and allegria. There are many parties and dinners with planning under way for our Feast of the Seven Fishes as well as for our New Year’s Eve Dinner. It gives me great pleasure knowing these holidays spent at i Ricchi have become traditions for many of our customers. Join us this month for a chance to connect with others while celebrating Italian traditions and try out some new dishes and recipes.

Our calendar:
Squeeze into an Ugly Holiday Sweater Squeeze, Friday, December 15
Holiday Cheeseboard Class & Cocktails, Monday, December 18
Feast of the Seven Fishes, Friday-Sunday, December 22-24
New Year’s Eve Celebration, Sunday, December 31
All month long: Friday Squeezes, Donating to S.O.M.E., Red Envelope Gift and $100 Gift Cards for $80 – Info

Experience Diverse Community at Friday Squeeze

Washington has been my home for over thirty years. A lot has changed, but then again, maybe not. They say history repeats itself – the climate in Washington today, with tensions running high and with its lack of meaningful dialogue, is not dissimilar to other times in our history. There was a time when the two political parties could not be in the same room without coming to blows. During the administration of James Madison, around the time of the War of 1812, people of opposing views could not and would not talk to each other. (Sound familiar?) Enter the enterprising, First Lady, Dolley Madison.  She wielded an important influence on the divisive political climate by creating her legendary “Drawing Rooms” or “Wednesday Squeezes.” Her invitation-only events – the most popular social event in town – were for the president’s colleagues of various political persuasions, the top Washingtonians of the time. She would invite so many guests, they would literally have to squeeze into the space which forced people of diverse backgrounds to have influential discussions while enjoying refreshments and music. Read more here

As a community venue, we want to foster an atmosphere for all Washingtonians to communicate – even with their dissenting opinions – and come together over soothing libations. To continue in the spirit we have built through our Pop-Up Piazza Parties this Summer, we invite you to join our new Friday Squeezes at the Bar (pictured) every Friday from 5-8 pm. There will be complimentary hors d’ouevres, Happy-Hour priced drinks and specialty cocktails to encourage a free exchange of (opposing) thoughts.

Keeping It Classic

Twenty-nine years ago, Ristorante i Ricchi opened as the first Tuscan restaurant in DC.  With constantly evolving food trends and Instagram eats, we are not afraid to continue to pay tribute to the classics of Italian cuisine.  Dining with us is an opportunity to stop and savor the tastes of your memories.  Chef Ricchi was born in New York but spent nearly twenty formative years in a little kitchen in Tuscany. The dishes we serve here in DC are reminiscent of her time in Italy – her upbringing as a chef and her love of Italian cuisine. Consider our Rigatoni Strascicate made with a classic Tuscan 12-hour sugo that could easily have been made by your Nonna.  Our savory Ribollita (pictured) with autumn vegetables, Tuscan black kale, cannellini beans, layered with bread and parmigiano is an ode to a simpler time when soups simmered on the back of the stove for hours.

We make our own pasta from scratch – a tradition that is fading even in Italy today. Our Tortelloni with butter and fresh sage (pictured) is the epitome of classic Italian cuisine.  Step back into your childhood – or back to your last visit to Italy – when you dig into our Pici All’Aglione – thick Tuscan spaghetti with tomato, basil and garlic topped with whipped ricotta (pictured). Feeling particularly nostalgic? Then come early and watch us pull our fragrant foccaccia (Tuscan schiacciata) out of the oven. There is nothing that spurs food memories like the fragrance of freshly baked bread.

Dessert is our sweet finale. What’s more Italian than gelato or tiramisu or cannoli all made here in our DC kitchen. We serve these classics together with a revolving list of other Italian sweets.  In our opinion, the test of a true authentic Italian dining experience is the coffee! It isn’t easy to make that perfect espresso or cappuccino. Our barista, Eric, has been doing it beautifully for the past fifteen years! Check out our menu to see all the tantalizing options!

For those of you who have been visiting i Ricchi through the years, we appreciate your business.  Never been?  We welcome you to dine with us!  See the event page for a special gift card offer for to show our appreciation.