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Cena di San Valentino – Valentine Lover’s Dinner Friday 2/14 & Saturday 2/15

Florence has attracted lovers for centuries. Dante Alighieri & Beatrice, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, poets Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning, and even Kim Kardashian & Kanye West have all experienced the romantic pull of this Renaissance capitol. All it takes is a walk down one of it’s cobblestone streets to be captivated by its quiet elegance, unique ambiance and genuinely delicious cuisine.

For more than 30 years, we have translated this tradition from our little trattoria in the foothills of Florence to Ristorante i Ricchi in Washington, DC. What better time to fall under the spell than Valentine’s Weekend experiencing a Valentine Lover’s Dinner with our Florentine ambiance and authentic gastronomic specialties. Choose one from each of the 4 courses or design your own dinner from our a la carte menu – celebrating both Friday 2/14 and Saturday 2/15. Either way, come for an evening you won’t soon forget.

Why did I wait so long to return to Tuscany?” Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post food critic

Winter Restaurant Week and it’s time to eat! Jan 13-18,2020

Cooking has always been a love language. Those of us of Italian heritage know that very well. That’s why, whenever we would go to our grandmother’s / Nonna’s / (in my case) Nanny Russo’s house, we would be showered with dish after dish of the most incredible food, aka….LOVE. Maybe that explains why, when I can, I want to cook for my grandchildren. They understand the language. That is very evident by their response to our Sunday night dinners together. Not only does the food I prepare fill their tummies, it nurtures their spirits and reassures them that they are loved.

That also would explain why I own a restaurant – I get to feed people all the time! Nothing makes my heart swell more than talking to a departing customer who has enjoyed our food.

Restaurant Week, with it’s specially priced menus, offers people the opportunity to revisit i Ricchi or experience what we do for the first time. We want to offer our guests a range of dishes to showcase what we have dedicated ourselves to doing for over 30 years – artisanally prepared authentic recipes offered with an expression of care that nurtures the spirit as well. Christianne Ricchi

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Two American Women in an Italian Kitchen – Antinori Wine Dinner

It’s always a blessing to find someone with whom you share your greatest passion. To those of you who know me, it goes without saying, that passion revolves around the traditions of the Tuscan kitchen. Ever since I heard of Kim Wiss, Estate Chef of Antinori’s stunning vineyards in Napa Valley – ANTICA, I have been intrigued by her story. Southern girl, brought up in New Orleans, moves to Napa and then to Italy to work at renowned Florentine trattoria – Buca Lapi, Antinori’s wine bar – La Cantinetta, and then is personally tutored by Marchese Antinori himself. This women had my dream job!

So I had to meet Kim and invite her to cook with me here at i Ricchi. Italy, much like other countries around the world, is in danger of losing some of its most treasured culinary traditions, as people’s lives change and become more hectic. Enter two American women who fell in love with those traditions and who are devoting their careers to maintaining them.

Marchese Piero Antinori and his three daughters, Albiera, Alessia and Allegra (there are not only women in the kitchen, but also women in the vineyards!) bought the famous Atlas Peak property in Napa Valley in the mid 1980s and transformed it into ANTICA – a name derived from combining ANTInori and CAlifornia, blending Antinori’s traditions with Napa’s terroir.

Join Chef Kim and I as we prepare some of Marchese Antinori’s favorite dishes paired with his exquisite wines from their Italian and US properties. “Due Americane in Cucina” – Two American Women in an Italian Kitchen, Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 at 7 pm. Five courses – Five wines $120 (tax & tip exclude). Everyone will leave with a gift bottle of Antica Napa’s exquisite extra virgin olive oil!

TICKETS: Eventbrite –https://antinori2019.eventbrite.com or CALL: 202.835.0459 (Remember – ALWAYS FREE VALET PARKING)

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