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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Silent Auction – Bid on this painting, proceeds go to the charity of your choice

ppp paintingMany from the community joined us for our Paint, Pasta & Philanthropy Wednesday, March 23 and had a wonderful time!  We featured young DC artist Shawn Michael Perkins “Perkasso” as he painted the beautiful cherry blossom adorned painting on the right. WHUT-TV filmed the evening for their new series ARTICO about art in the community.  We received a lot of bids on the painting during the event, and the Silent Auction is remaining open through April 16. Place your bid by stopping by our restaurant or by calling 202-835-0459.  Proceeds will go to a charity of the winning bidder’s choice and to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  It thrilled us to see the community come together for a great art happening and to enjoy delicious food!

Behold Art Being Painted for National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is such a beautiful and exciting time of year with Spring blooming around us and more than 1.5 million people celebrating!  I am very honored to be serving on the board of the festival this year.  perkasso 2We invite you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection when you attend our event that is on the festival schedule:  Paint, Pasta & Philanthropy!  Plan to stop by Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30 pm to watch Shawn Michael Perkins, A.K.A. “Perkasso” paint a cherry blossom adorned DC landscape while you watch and sip a cocktail or glass of wine.  This fresh work of art will be auctioned to the highest bidder, and the proceeds will go to a charity of the bidder’s choice as well as to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Find out more about the festival here.

Ladies Are Our Guests of Honor in March

wine pairingsi Ricchi has built a business around honoring and empowering women, and for Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating women leaders, wine-makers and inviting everyone to join us! On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day by giving ladies 50% off their bill all day, and we hosted a special happy hour for alumnae of all-women’s colleges.  On March 10, we hosted the “Beyond the Ceiling” Launch Party to celebrate a new podcast featuring amazing women.

Women Wine-Makers

Modern-day Italy still has a more traditional view of women’s roles than the U.S.  Statistically, the Bureau of Labor shows that an average of 53.5% of working-age civilian women were employed in the U.S. from 2010-2012, but only 34.7% of Italian women were employed; but this is growing.  There are a number of women pioneers stepping out in the wine-making business.  I’m highlighting these women  by participating in the Spring Wine Fling, March 21-26, offering a Wine Flight by women wine-makers:  3 wines and 3 regions for $15.  I also have a special evening planned at the end of March: The Grand Dames of Italian Wine, Wednesday, March 30 where you’ll learn from a wine specialist about four of Italy’s most prominent wineries and the women who are influencing them.  Don’t miss this chance to savor the pairings I have chosen to highlight each tasteful sip!

Ladies, know that you are worth honoring all year long!  I invite you to join my Women’s Club and receive 50% off your bill every Tuesday you dine with us!  I also host a DEWD dinner monthly for distinguished women to network around a delicious dinner and drinks.

Please click here to go to the events page for more information on all of these events!

Announcing Our Monthly BYOB Wine Dinner with Chef Ricchi

wine dinnerWith our fast-paced society, many of us don’t take the time to savor a meal and sip our favorite glass of wine while having stimulating conversation.  We are offering our BYOB Wine Dinner with Chef Ricchi monthly for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of life – a place to relax, break bread together, and taste each morsel of a specially-designed 5-course meal.  I can’t wait to share this experience alongside you!  Join us for the Tuesday, February 23 event!  Check out our menu:  BYOB Menu and register here!