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One of the best things about owning a restaurant in Washington DC is certainly the people you meet. You establish relationships, even friendships solely based on the interactions around their dining table. For years Sherri and Jim Giordano were loyal and frequent customers. We’d share stories about Italy and its food and he’d talk about his stints in Germany. (I later learned he was an esteemed Fulbright Professor of Neurosciences and Neuroethics in Munich and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics in Coburg, Germany!)

It wasn’t until fairly recently, probably while sharing some limoncello at the bar, that I learned the scope of this work both at Georgetown University Medical Center and abroad. This humble man was one of the world’s leading experts in the fields of brain science and neuroethics! Next thing you know, I was asking him to speak at one of our Need To Know Dinners and we were talking about brain healthy foods we should include on the menu.

Please join renowned neuroscientist, Professor James Giordano for an intimate exchange over dinner to learn how emerging developments in brain research are seemingly at the border of science fact and science fiction. Dr. Giordano will engage his dynamic style of “edutainment” to explain how researchers are looking to brain science and its tools to both treat neurological and psychiatric diseases and augment our thought, feelings and behaviors.

To compliment this compelling presentation, I have put together a menu featuring healthy “brain foods” that, as Dr. Giordano will explain, can directly affect brain function.

NEED TO KNOW DINNER – WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 – 7:00 PM – $79 Tickets: Call 202 835 0459 or https://feed-your-brain.eventbrite.com

4 COURSE MENU – Welcome Aperitivo Rose / Asparagus, grilled melon, tomato, pumpkin seeds, extra virgin olive oil / Beet gnocchi, green pea puree, sage butter / Pan seared fillet of hake, broccoli, potatoes & cipollini / Chocolate, coconut, walnut cake

  • In today’s fast paced world, there are things happening around us that we should know about – new technologies, political forecasts, cultural phenoms, scientific advances, the latest in art, finance, literature. Join us for dinner and engage with people who will keep you abreast of what’s happening and tell you what you NEED TO KNOW.

Celebrate Summer at our Annual Cena Bianca (White Dinner)

For weeks now, people have been asking if we will be hosting our Cena Bianca on the Piazza again this year. Certamente! This festive communal dinner has become our annual Rite of the Summer Solstice.

Cena Bianca, i Ricchi, Washington, DC

For thirty years, organizers around the world have been planning huge events that bring people from diverse backgrounds together in public spaces to interact, converse and, of course, eat. It has become an international phenomena in more than 70 cities in 35 countries. That was my inspiration, four years ago, when I organized our first outdoor party to celebrate the longest day of the year and the official beginning of Summer.

The original “Diner en Blanc de Paris” began in 1988 when a Parisian man invited his friends to a picnic dinner in the park with the directive to dress in white to be more recognizable. It has since grown to attract thousands and thousands of white clad party goers invited only hours before the secret dining location is revealed. Once invited (it is a complicated process), participants bring everything they will need for an outdoor dinner down to the white table and chairs, linens, decorations, china, crystal and everyone is dressed in white with the greatest decorum and elegance. Before midnight, the dinner ends and every item is removed from the site. That’s quite a lot of work for a dinner party, if you ask me!

We love the concept of bringing people together on our Piazza, so we have decided to do the work for you! All you have to do is purchase a ticket, put on your best whites and show up for a great Summer dinner! Cena Bianca, Friday, June 21 at 6:30 PM. $79 (without tax & tips). For tickets call 202 835 0459 or http://cenabianca-2019.eventbrite.com.

White Spritz Cocktails /Anise cure salmon crostini / White lemon pizza /
Florentine Coccoli / Zucchini pasta carbonara / Rosticciana – pork ribs /
Tuscan fried chicken / Smoky barbequed shrimp / Riso Salad / Portobello corn salad / Panna cotta & blackberries

Need To Know Dinner with Tom Wheeler 3/26 @ 7pm

In today’s fast paced world, there are things happening that we should know about – new technologies, political forecasts, cultural phenoms, scientific advancements, and the latest advancements in art, finance, and literature. At our Need To Know Dinners you can meet and break bread with these experts in an exclusive and intimate setting.

Our next Need to Know Dinner is with former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler on March 26 at 7pm. Tom is a renowned historian, entrepreneur and writer. His tenure at the FCC has been described as the “the most productive Commission in the history of the Agency.” For over four decades he has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services.

In his new book, From Gutenberg to Google: The History of our Future, Tom puts into perspective the current internet revolution. Dine with him and learn how the invention of the printing press, expansion of the telegraph, and now explosion of the internet has touched each one of us directly, shaping both commerce and culture, ultimately changing how we connect with each other. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

The 4-course menu will begin with welcome cocktails and Tuscan savories. Pasta Cacio e Pepe with pancetta and arugula, Chianti-braised short ribs with roasted vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes will follow, concluding with homemade coconut-mint Nutella torta. $69 (exclusive tax and tip). Seating very limited. Free valet parking.

To reserve call 202-835-0459 or online here.

i Ricchi Turns 30 Today!

On January 11, 1989, Ristorante i Ricchi opened its doors in Washington, DC . . . before fax machines and the internet; before Apple and downloading, emails and texting; before pocket cell phones, cable TV and 24/7 instant access; before Americans knew of risotto or polenta or gelato; before authentic Italian menus . . . when eating Italian meant spaghetti and meatballs. The Ricchis (Christianne and Francesco) packed up their belongings together with their recipes and dreams – and their kids, Olivia and Daniele -and left the hills of Tuscany for the Golden Triangle and 19th Street. The plan was to prepare authentic food – to demonstrate how Italians really ate – as they have for hundreds of years – using fresh herbs, oak embers and handed-down family recipes. It wasn’t long before Washingtonians were eating multiple courses; grilled Tuscan bread (bruschetta) with white beans; their pasta BEFORE their entrees; and finishing their meals with homemade gelato or biscotti “dunked” in sweet wine.

Over the past 30 years we’ve witnessed a lot – including 5 presidential administrations and all that has meant – Republican, Democrat, Republican, Democrat and Republican again. We survived 9/11, an economic downturn, and now the explosion of new restaurants everywhere. It seems like it’s a big deal for a restaurant to have stuck around for so long, so I didn’t want to let this anniversary pass unnoticed. I thought it would be fun to team up, once again, with Francesco to mark the occasion. (For those of you who didn’t know, we parted ways a very long time ago, and he now operates his successful Cesco’s Osteria in Bethesda.)

Join us on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm for our Trent’Anni 30th Anniversary Dinner – a communal feast of Ricchi family favorites. We want to recreate the feeling and the menus we so loved from our little trattoria in Cercina. We’ll be celebrating the flavors of “cucina rustica” – rustic Italian country cooking – with six courses and plenty of “vino sfuso” (traditional Tuscan wine) on tap. It’s going to be a great party! See our special anniversary menu here & reserve your ticket

Please come to help us celebrate our Trent’Anni!

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