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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PALIO DI SIENA – Annual Community Dinner Party

Siena, Italy is the scene of one of the most anticipated horse races of the year! The “Palio di Siena” is the world’s most exciting horse race, celebrated twice a year in the Piazza del Campo (Siena’s historic square), on July 2nd and August 16th, in honor of the Virgin Mary, Patron Protector of the City. It has been held almost uninterruptedly since the days of the medieval Republic of Siena. It is the centuries old horse race between the various districts (contrade) of the city of Siena in which ten horses, each representing a particular district, are ridden bareback by a jockey who races at breakneck speeds around the city’s sand covered main square, surrounded by ancient buildings and cheered on by a passionate crowd of thousands of locals and tourists. The horses are selected and allocated by lot just three days before the race. The responsibility for choosing and paying the jockey lies within each Contrada.

The Palio is more than a simple horse race. It is the culmination of ongoing rivalry and competition between the districts (contrade), whereas, the race itself only lasts for a little more than a minute. The ceremony surrounding the event includes such elements as the blessing of the horses, with each horse being led into a church to be blessed by a priest on the afternoon of the race. Young drummers prepare and practice their rhythms and flag bearers rehearse all around the city. Additionally, each district gathers its citizens for a feast on the night before the event, stoking the excitement of the residents and promoting community spirit. The entire year evolves around these races.

For the past four years, we have paid tribute to this colorful tradition by recreating a festive communal dinner on our Piazza outside. After the unbearable high temperatures of the last few weeks, we have decided to move our party inside this year where it certainly promises to be more comfortable!

Please join us for a festive evening of camaraderie, merriment and fine Tuscan specialties unique to the Palio di Siena – Friday, August 16th @ 6:30 PM – cocktails & 4 course dinner, $79 (+ tax & tip).

MENU Summer Spritz cocktails and Tuscan crostini Homemade pasta with wild boar sauce Grilled skewers of pork loin, chicken, sausage & bay leaf croutons, fried summer garden vegetables with chicory, arugula and fresh mint Homemade peach & almond tart

For tickets call: 202 835 0459 or


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

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

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.