Food Club & Special Offers

Food Club & Special Offers


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  • Food Club: January 11-17, 2022

    La Festa di Sant’Antonio – Coming Together

    Cercina is not a little town or even a village – it is merely a cluster of simple country houses and farms, two trattorias, a tiny grocery store and an 11th century Romanesque church. The main event every year that draws hordes of Florentines to make the trek to this idyllic countryside enclave is La Festa di Sant’Antonio d’Abate, the Feast of Saint Anthony, protector of farm animals.

    Every other year, the parade starts at Trattoria i Ricchi, led by a marching band and locals on horseback to the church square where the animals are blessed. La Festa di Sant’Antonio brings everyone together for three days of card games, communal lunches and the local favorite, Il Tiro della Forma / Throwing the Form. Our menu this week, is a tribute to those memories starting off with Fettunta coi Fagioli.  (That, together with a glass of Chianti, is one of the finer things in life!)

  • Valentine’s Lovers Dinner

    Cenone di San Valentino
    Valentine Lover’s Dinner
    February 12, 13 & 14, 2022


    Celebrate love with our special Valentine’s Day offering available on February 12, 13, and 14.

    Menu

    Misticanza Medicea
    Italian greens, watercress, fresh mint, faro, marinated currants & pecorino

    Zuppa Maritage
    Wedding soup with mini meatballs, escarole & acini di pepe pastina

    Polenta Tartufata con Funghi Farciti
    Black truffle polenta timbale with wild mushrooms in balsamic reduction

    **

    Risotto d’Aragosta e Prosecco
    Imported vialone nano risotto with lobster & sparkling prosecco

    Mezzalune di Salmone alla Crema di Gamberetti
    “Half moon” salmon stuffed ravioli with shrimp parmesan cream

    Gemellini alla Fiesolana
    Twisted pasta curls with homemade sausage, mushrooms & tomatoes

    **

    Pollo Saltimbocca
    Chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto & fresh sage, potatoes mascé & haricot verte

    Sogliola alla Mugnaia
    Fillet of Atlantic flounder, lemon butter, white polenta, parmesan carrots

    Filetto di Manzo alla Salsa di Mirtilli
    Pan seared beef tenderloin with blueberry salsa, forbidden rice & asparagus

    **

    Semifreddo alle Fragole
    “Semi-frozen” meringue tart, strawberry mousse, vanilla gelato

    Meringata Amaro Dolce
    Baked chocolate meringue bombs with chocolate mousse & raspberry coulis

    Gelato al “Bacio” Corretto
    Chocolate hazelnut gelato, Nocino walnut liquor, chocolate crumble, pizzelle

    Includes flute of Italian sparkling

    $110
    (a la carte also available)

  • DC Restaurant Week: January 18-23

    It’s Time to Come to the Table!

    Eating together helps build understanding and strengthens the bond between us.
    It can foster an exchange of ideas, break down prejudices and connect us on a most
    basic human level. This is something Italians have recognized for centuries.
    At the table sharing, reaching, pouring wine and eating food thoughtfully
    prepared, links us to who we are and develops empathy for others.
    Oh, how we’ve missed breaking bread together!

    MENU

    CALAMARI
    Fried fresh baby squid with pomarola dipping sauce

    ANTIPASTO SALAD
    Italian greens, aged pecorino, fennel salame, artichoke hearts, olives,
    cherry tomatoes, crispy faro & red wine vinaigrette

    PICI AL’AGLIONE
    House-made thick spaghetti, garlic tomato sauce with whipped ricotta garnish

    RISOTTO AI FUNGHI
    Imported Vialone Nano rice with assorted wild mushrooms

    RIBOLLITA
    Winter vegetable soup layered with Tuscan bread & parmesan

    **

    MAFALDINE SCAMPI
    Homemade pasta ribbons with shrimp, crustacean stock, and toasted breadcrumbs

    SALSICCIE
    Braised sweet & hot Tuscan fennel sausages with roasted grapes & creamy polenta

    POLLO FRITTO
    Tuscan deep fried chicken with crispy fried potatoes

    MERLUZZO AL GREMOLATA DI ZUCCHINI E PINOLI
    Pan seared cod topped with zucchini, pine nut gremolata served over cannellini beans

    EGGPLANT PARMESAN
    Baked summer eggplant layered with fresh mozzarella, tomato & parmesan

    **

    CANNOLI
    Hand dipped chocolate pistachio rimmed cannoli filled with ricotta cream

    PANNA COTTA
    Molded fresh cream with honey, toasted almonds & summer berries

    TIRAMISU
    Espresso infused ladyfingers, whipped mascarpone cream & chocolate

    BOMBOLONI
    Tuscan mini cream filled donuts with peach coulis

    SORBETTO D’ARANCIA ROSSA E PANNA MOTATA
    Sicilian blood orange sorbet with whipped cream and lemon crisps

    $55

    Dine outside in our heated tent or inside with our fully vaccinated & masked staff.

    Curb-side pickup also available.

  • Food Club: January 4-9, 2022

    La Befana: Italy’s Own Christmas Story

    The story of La Befana has been an Italian classic since the thirteenth century. It is a story of a lonely old woman and her endless search for the Christ Child. For Italians, La Festa della Epifania, The Epiphany, is as significant a holiday as Christmas Day, especially for Italian children. The legend continues that on the night of January 5th, Old Befana flies on her broomstick and goes down chimneys to deliver candy (dolcetti) or lumps of coal (carbone) to deserving children.

    January 6th is a national holiday and marks the end of the traditional Christmas season. The traditional foods of L’Epifania represent, in some instances, regional specialties, but are, by-in-large the same as the preceding Christmas holidays. Our menu is a whimsical culinary nod to Italy’s most beloved witch.

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner (To-Go)

    Welcome to our 32nd New Year’s Eve celebration!

    The feast of Saint Sylvester is traditionally celebrated on New Year’s Eve night
    when Italians believe they should eat lentils as a symbol of wealth and pork as a symbol of life’s fullness.

    With the new mask mandates and an uptick of COVID cases, i Ricchi will be offering
    a special New Year’s Eve feast TO GO for those who prefer to celebrate AT HOME.
    Pick-up on December 31, 2021 available between 4-7pm.

    Menu

    Carpaccio di Salmone al’Anice
    Thinly sliced anise cured salmon, tarragon aioli,
    haricot verte, fingerling potatoes & Castelveltrano olives
    *
    Tortellini alla Panna
    Nonna Irma’s homemade veal, pork & chicken
    filled tortellini with parmesan cream
    *
    Mare e Monti sulle Lenticchie
    Tuscan “Surf & Turf” – beef tenderloin with green peppercorns and jumbo shrimp
    on a bed of New Year’s lentils
    *
    Profiterole Bianche
    White chocolate puffs filled with pastry cream, dusted with toasted coconut & pomegranate seeds

    $99
    *includes party hats & noise makers*

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner (Dine-In)

    Welcome to our 32nd New Year’s Eve celebration!

    The feast of Saint Sylvester is traditionally celebrated on New Year’s Eve night
    when Italians believe they should eat lentils as a symbol of wealth and pork as a symbol of life’s fullness.

    $110
    *Includes NYE party hats, noise makers & sparkling toast

    Antipasto
    Toscano
    24 mo. aged prosciutto, finocchiona fennel salame, parmigiano, mushroom crostini,
    homemade giardiniera
    -or-
    Carpaccio di Salmone al’Anice
    Homemade anise cured salmon, tarragon aioli garnished with green bean, potato, olive salad
    -or-
    Insalata Caterina de Medici
    Italian lettuces, fresh mint, toasted pine nuts, pecorino, marinated currants

    Primo Piatto
    Zuppa di Lenticchie
    New Year’s “good luck” lentil soup,
    Parmesan thyme croutons
    -or-
    Tortellini al Sughetta di Vitella
    Nonna Irma’s homemade three meat tortellini with savory veal reduction & parmesan
    -or-
    Risotto ai Funghi e Champagne
    Imported vialone nano rice,
    wild mushrooms & champagne

    Secondo Piatto
    Gamberoni alla Napolitana
    Four pan seared jumbo shrimp broiled with fior di latte mozzarella, tomato, basil & white polenta
    or
    Filetto al Pepe Verde
    Beef tenderloin, green peppercorn red wine
    reduction atop a toasted Tuscan crouton with roasted parmesan cauliflower
    or
    Pollo Saltimbocca
    Chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto & fresh sage, served with potatoes mascé & lemon thyme shaved Brussels sprouts

    Dolce
    Crostata di Panettone
    Panettone pudding tart with bitter orange,
    chocolate and Chantilly cream
    or
    Gelato con Frutta Spezziata
    Homemade vanilla gelato, spiced apples,
    pears, cherries & chopped pistachio
    or
    Profiterole Bianche
    White chocolate puffs filled with pastry cream, dusted with toasted coconut and pomegranate seeds

    Reservations: (202) 835-0459. Seatings available 5-10pm.

  • Food Club: December 14-19

    Christmas in Naples: Food and the Art of the Presepio

    The Italian religious custom of displaying the nativity scene of Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in a manger is something to behold.  You would be hard pressed to find a home without one at this time of year, especially in Naples.

    This week I take you on a journey to Naples during this special time of year to experience both its unique Christmas sites as well as its unique food.

    Food in Naples is rooted in a long history of outside influences of foreign invaders and poverty. Historical Neapolitan cuisine had been divided into two different categories: one for the rich and nobles, and another for the poor people. Let’s experience both!

  • Feast of the Seven Fishes

    Back by popular demand, the FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES, an Italian American Christmas Eve extravaganza, has become an annual tradition at Ristorante i Ricchi and this year, through the Food Club, you can enjoy the food festivities at home too.
    Take time out of your holiday schedule and let us do the cooking for you.Enjoy SEVEN courses of delicious Italian fish specialties. 


    MAKE IT YOUR NEW FAMILY TRADITION!
    Pick-up windows available between 4-7pm$125/person (exclusive tax and tip)

    Menu

    Crostini di Trota Affumicata
    Smoked river trout pate crostini

    *

    Ricchi e Poveri
    Pan seared prawns, cannellini beans

    *

    Capesante ai Funghi e Gnocchi di Ricotta
    Sea scallops, wild mushrooms, ricotta gnocchi & parsley butter

    *

    Risotto d’Aragosta
    Lobster risotto

    *

    Taglierini Freschi alle Vongole
    Fresh hand-cut pasta, manila clams, squash & Calabrian chilis

    *

    Cacciucco alla Livornese
    Tuscan fish stew – assortment of 7 fishes, tomato broth & garlic croutons

    *

    Crostata di Panettone
    Panettone pudding tart

  • Food Club: December 7-12

    Christmas Season Begins!

    Ask any Italian when they usually open their gifts and you can probably tell where they are from.  Italians celebrate lots of great unique Christmas traditions.  Customs vary from city to city, from exactly what dishes are served to when to open presents.  It is a great time to be a kid in Italy! 

    December 13th marks the “Festa di Santa Lucia” – St. Lucy’s Day.  Historically, it was to her (and not Santa) that children wrote letters requesting gifts and sweets which she delivered with the help of her donkey on the eve of her feast day.

    This week we feature a typical menu from Sicily, Santa Lucia’s birthplace.  An “omaggio” to this colorful and beloved Saint kicks off the Christmas season in Italy.

  • Food Club: November 30 – December 5

    Slow Food: Saving our Food Heritage

    “Fast,” “Convenient,” “Save time,” all have become the mantras of modern life. “Time is money,” has become the foundation of how we live our lives today, both here in the US and Italy.  Many of the time-honored traditions of Italian regional cuisine are being lost and replaced by more time efficient and less expensive methods.

    The “Slow Food” Movement was created to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat.  It goes without saying that Italy has a rich food culture and is an extraordinary expression of local traditions.

    We like to think that what we have done here at the Food Club is based on the “Slow Food” tradition. This week’s menu is an example of regional dishes from North, Central and Southern Italy.

  • Food Club: November 16-21

    LAKE COMO – Glitterati, Gourmands & George

    Why did it take me so long to get to Lake Como? It is undeniably breathtaking with gorgeous landscapes and towering snowcapped mountains.  It is an ideal spot with beauty, style and great food, frequently peppered with a movie star here and there.  Join us this week for a feast worthy of a movie star!