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July Events Bring Slice of Italian Life to DC

We have an array of events this month, including many free ones, that offer a slice of Italian life or just a place to escape for a while and enjoy great food and drink alongside wonderful conversation.

Our two book-focused events are fast approaching!  Hear whimsical tales of Italian life from Katherine Wilson Wednesday, July 6 from 5:30-7 pm when she discusses her newly released book Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law.  RSVP now!  If you are a grandparent or plan to be one day, join Chef/Owner Christianne Ricchi, Cheryl Harbour, author of Good to Be Grand and Sandra Baer the following Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30-7 pm to engage in conversation about grand parenting.  RSVP here

Don’t miss our Under the Tuscan Stars Wine Dinner, Wednesday, July 20Stars dinner fbk at 7 pm featuring wines from Castello Banfi alongside a savory menu.  Learn about how the climate and location of this vineyard gives the wines a unique flavor.  See the menu and get tickets!

Lastly, enjoy an evening outdoors with our Summer Festival on the Piazza Friday, July 8 from 5-7 pm featuring a free tasting of the Italian street food, piadina, and $6 glasses of Sangiovese.    If cognac and cigars are more your style, mark your calendar for our  Remy 1738 Royal Hour Cognac Tasting & Cigar Smoker, Wednesday, July 27 from 5-7 pm.

Also, be on the lookout for our Pop-Up Piazza Happy Hours that we schedule spontaneously during the Summer based on a sunny day forecast.  Check Facebook, Twitter and your email so you get to take advantage of this time to network with other DC professionals and taste Italian delicacies and specialty cocktails.

We cannot wait to see you this month at one or more of these events, tailored for your enjoyment!  Read more about all these events


Chef Christianne Ricchi Wins 2016 Washington Brava Award!

SmartCEO honors 40 top female CEOs annually based on their entrepreneurial spirit, their philanthrophy and their excellent leadership of their companies and in their community.  We are pleased to announce that Chef Christianne Ricchi was chosen to receive a Washington Brava award for 2016!  Read about why she was chosen here.  Register to attend this special gala to cheer her on here.

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White Dinner Thrilled Many on Dupont Circle

Our Cena Bianca on Monday, June 20 made quite a stir on 19th Street as passers by stopped to admire the long white tables, white flowers and candles, and cena bianca i ricchitwinkling lights.  The smell of grilled meats, fish and vegetables lingered in the air as more than 70 guests dressed in white dined family style enjoying a Summer Tuscan dinner, ending with house-made gelato, almond biscotti di Prato and iced watermelon.  We were fortunate to have several local business leaders take part in this special night ushering in the Summer Solstice.  Even Chef Ricchi’s own grandchildren were decked in white for the celebration!  Based on the positive feedback, this is destined to become an annual event and new i Ricchi tradition!  Check out Bisnow’s coverage of the event.

Usher in Summer with Us at Cena Bianca!

Imagine a magnificent Tuscan dinner outdoors under the setting sun, twinkling lights and starry night with cena biancaeverything decked out in white–your tabletop, linens and chairs.  Soft music sets the atmosphere for a spectacular welcome to Summer Solstice and celebration of the longest day of the year.  Dress completely in white, and bring a white accessory–a hat, a flower, even your dog to our Cena Bianca (White Dinner), Monday, June 20!

Start with cured meats, cheeses, mushroom truffle crostini alongside, summer salads and a beautiful mixed grill of salmon, shrimp & chicken.  For a spectacular ending, enjoy artisanal biscotti, iced watermelon and our homemade gelato.  Check out other delightful menu choices here.

A mainstay in European cities, the White Dinner serves to bring people together in public spaces to break bread and reconnect. This is a unique opportunity to organize a group of friends for a memorable experience.

 Get your tickets now!

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