Authentic Tuscan Kitchen
1220 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 835-0459
  • Woman-owned and operated, Chris Ricchi is a pioneering and highly respected chef and entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. Read her story here.

  • With its original location in the hills outside of Florence, Trattoria i Ricchi was the first restaurant to bring authentic Italian cooking from Tuscany to the sophisticated diners of DC. Learn about this extraordinary culinary journey, because the story is as good as the food.

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Taste First Ladies’ Recipes, Hear Their Stories from Anita McBride

The American first lady has a critical position in supporting and influencing the president as he carries the weight of the office to a large and diverse nation. Our history has been shaped in many ways by these unsung heroes. Over the course of the last few administrations, Anita McBride has witnessed the ever-changing role, where the first lady approaches her duties in a very personal manner.  With her experience of working within the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Anita brings a unique perspective of the inner workings of the White House, its personnel and the complicated position of first lady. Read more about her here.

You will have the opportunity to dine with this Washington insider who has been an adviser on four presidential transitions and who is a frequent news commentator on the operations and history of the White House and its occupants.  Don’t miss our Need to Know Dinner with Anita McBride: The Role Without a Rulebook – America’s First Ladies and Their Legacies, next Monday, November 6 at 7 pm.  Because each first lady was unique, I thought it would be interesting to prepare a menu that showcased some of their favorite recipes. It will be an eclectic dinner, highlighting the style and tastes of different eras. For example, imagine dining on Jackie Kennedy’s French inspired Chicken in White Wine together with Rosalynn Carter’s down home recipe for southern hushpuppies! We’ll feature Martha Washington’s famous crab soup alongside Michelle Obama’s modern chopped salad with pecans and tarragon dressing. Try President Truman’s favorite dessert, Ozark Pudding, a dessert that his wife, Bess reportedly prepared for him when he was depressed and missing home. Get your tickets now for this intimate, informative gathering.

Find Community, Great Food & Drinks at September Events

Variety is the spice of life, right?  We like to appeal to all of our customers, so we’ve created 3 events in September that promote community and enjoyment of great food and drink in addition to our ever popular and on-going Pop-Up Parties from 5-8 pm every Friday (except September 22).

Our Cigar Smoker & Dr. Stoner’s Vodka and Whiskey tasting Wednesday, September 13 from 5-10 pm promises to be a flavor-filled party for your taste buds! Dr. Craig Stoner spent hours crafting just the right herbal flavor combinations for these unique 84-proof spirits that have just been introduced in our market. His fresh herb vodka (pictured below) has “primary aromas of piney hoppy herbal scents [and] secondary tastes of natural citrus and fresh botanical essences.” His whiskey has a unique artisanal smoky herb taste. We’ll have free samplings as well as cocktails using these unusual “Crazy Good” spirits.  Savor them as you puff your own cigar, or enjoy one courtesy of JR Cigars.

The crisp morning air lately reminds us Fall is just around the corner.  We loved ushering in Summer at our Cena Bianca and want to give you the chance to greet Fall during our Autumn Equinox Dinner, Friday, September 22 at 7 pm. We are featuring two dishes with succulent wild game – Handmade pappardelle with wild boar and Mushroom & truffle stuffed quail in a potato nest with roasted root vegetables – for you to relish as you dine communally under the stars and twinkling lights.  Buy tickets now!

 

Aiding Those Affected By Hurricanes

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected recently by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  There are so many organizations out there helping those who are displaced that it can be hard to choose.  Here is a list of places to consider when you donate.  If you desire to physically go and serve, be sure to check out the All Hands Volunteers, Americares and Habitat for Humanity Web sites to find out how you can join with them.

Bob Springli submitted the winning picture for our Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest of his puppy Lucie taking his much larger dog Lexie for a walk.  He has graciously decided to donate his gift certificate to a local shelter, and we chose Humane Rescue Alliance since they recently took in animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. We appreciate his generosity that will aid these displaced pets.

i Ricchi Story on “Our Town” Podcast

When Washington legend Andy Ockershausen calls, you answer! This Summer I was delightfully surprised when he asked to interview me for his broadcast, “Our Town.” I have followed Andy for many years as the familiar voice of DC on WMAL radio. Andy’s broadcasting career closely connected him with US presidents, sports heroes and all kinds of notable persons of influence. He combines this with decades of experience and knowledge of DC life and brings a unique perspective to his interviews with key Washingtonians on his podcast. One of his most notable interviews was with legendary News4 news anchor, Jim Vance, shortly before he passed in July. In a time when our city is changing so rapidly, I think it important (and very entertaining) to remember the personalities who contributed to the unique fiber of Washington. During the first season of “Our Town,” he talked with over 50 guests from various walks of life like Sonny Jurgensen, Chip Akridge, Bill Regardie and Catherine Meloy (CEO of Greater Washington Goodwill).

What a delight it was to discuss the story of i Ricchi with this witty, iconic broadcaster, explaining how we seek not just to serve food but to build a sense of community at our restaurant. Our story shows how creative ideas, committed staff and persistence has kept us going for 28 years in spite of the constantly changing DC dining scene. During the interview, I was compelled to recount a disastrous, but amusing episode involving Israel’s Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, when he was here with a large entourage, including the Israeli Secret Service. You”ll have to listen to learn “the rest of the story,” but it involved 12 full glasses of limoncello – and it wasn’t pretty! Click here to hear more on this story, my life in Italy and our vision to make i Ricchi a haven for everyone in our extended community.