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Celebrate Everyone You Love!

“L’amore e nel vostro cuore, non di rimanere, ma per essere condivisa” – Love is in your heart, not to stay, but to be shared.

This thought easily could have been taken from Tim Shriver’s remarks at our Need To Know dinner last week. He asked us to open our hearts and to see life through a different lens. He spoke of breaking down boundaries and healing where there are divisions – that we find our best selves when we are bridging gaps. For those of you who couldn’t come to our sold out evening with Tim Shriver, here is the video of his talk.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re reminded everywhere to celebrate those we love. I believe Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers, though. For me, it has always been a time to pause and celebrate ALL the people we love. One of my fondest childhood memories is waiting for Dad at the Long Island Railroad station as he returned from work every day. But Valentine’s Day was special. As the train passed, he would appear with arms full of flowers and chocolates – the big bouquet for Mom and the little one for me. Funny how I can still feel the warmth of his love in this simple memory.

Of course this Valentine’s Day the restaurant will be filled with couples in love treating themselves to a romantic candlelit experience. But wouldn’t it be special if we used this holiday to reach out to all the people we love to break bread and create a lasting memory? What little girl wouldn’t love to have a special dinner with her Daddy, or what Mother wouldn’t cherish an invitation to dine with her son? Or maybe it’s just a group of friends who can rarely find the time to meet, coming together to enjoy some great food and wine.

Our San Valentino menu is a four-course feast featuring many of our customer’s favorites. But to ensure our offerings are family friendly, we are also offering our a la carte menu as well. Reservations can be made for Wednesday, February 14 from 5-10 pm by calling (202) 835-0459.

To continue another i Ricchi tradition for all those ladies out there – grab a pal and come to our “Gal-entine’s” Squeeze, Friday, February 16 from 5-8 pm. We’ll be featuring some fun cocktails like Girls Just Want to Have Fun with complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres.

Find details here about our Mardi Gras special and “New” Olive Oil Dinner later this month.

DC Comes Together in January

One thing we know from living and working in DC: Washingtonians are an active, vocal, adventurous group of people.  From active protests and marches, to trying new restaurants and menus, many people who live and work in DC come together to support the city-wide initiatives and events. i Ricchi is excited to participate in several DC-area events this month, and we hope you can join us!

Saturday, January 20 we are providing a gathering place for those involved in the Women’s March on the Polls 2018. We will open early at 3 pm for you to have a respite from the cold as we serve warm drinks and your favorite comfort foods. We will also offer communal seating options to facilitate the exchange of ideas and meeting new people.

Restaurant Week is always a great way to try new dishes for special prices at your favorite restaurants or to visit restaurants that you were always curious about. We participate every year and were the driving force behind its inception more than 15 years ago when a small group of concerned restaurateurs got together to address the crisis after 9/11. Plan to dine with us for $22 3-course lunches and $35 3-course dinners, Monday-Saturday, January 22-27.  

We’re looking forward to an insightful and inspirational 3-course Need to Know Dinner with Tim Shriver, nephew of President John F. Kennedy and Chairman of Special Olympics International, when he will talk about The Revolution Is Inclusion, Monday, January 29 at 7 pm. Tim has spent his life promoting the marginalized to create a better society. Hear from him for insight into what matters most in life and how to embrace your own new vision. Get tickets now! If you would like to donate toward Special Olympics International, click here.

For more information and to make reservations, go to our Events page.

The Holidays at i Ricchi

For some reason, as I began holiday preparations, I found myself questioning why this time of year was so meaningful. Of course it is the celebration of Christ’s birth, an event that has changed the course of mankind. But there are traditions that have developed around Christmas that carry a strong message too. Traditions help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They contribute a sense of comfort and belonging.

Maybe it’s because this probably will be the first Christmas my little grandchildren will remember, I have been giving much thought to my own family’s traditions as well as what I want to establish as new ones going forward. They have already experienced the rites of decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting Santa to ask for a toy and even the concept of being naughty or nice. I even pulled out a red leather strip of sleigh bells that hung in my childhood home, and now little two-year-old grandson marches around the house waving that strip and singing his version of Jingle Bells at the top of his lungs. What a sweet sound and what joyful traditions – albeit small – that remind us that we are part of a history that has shaped who we are today.

After many years of facilitating traditions here at the restaurant, we welcome this season with great anticipation and allegria. There are many parties and dinners with planning under way for our Feast of the Seven Fishes as well as for our New Year’s Eve Dinner. It gives me great pleasure knowing these holidays spent at i Ricchi have become traditions for many of our customers. Join us this month for a chance to connect with others while celebrating Italian traditions and try out some new dishes and recipes.

Our calendar:
Squeeze into an Ugly Holiday Sweater Squeeze, Friday, December 15
Holiday Cheeseboard Class & Cocktails, Monday, December 18
Feast of the Seven Fishes, Friday-Sunday, December 22-24
New Year’s Eve Celebration, Sunday, December 31
All month long: Friday Squeezes, Donating to S.O.M.E., Red Envelope Gift and $100 Gift Cards for $80 – Info

Experience Diverse Community at Friday Squeeze

Washington has been my home for over thirty years. A lot has changed, but then again, maybe not. They say history repeats itself – the climate in Washington today, with tensions running high and with its lack of meaningful dialogue, is not dissimilar to other times in our history. There was a time when the two political parties could not be in the same room without coming to blows. During the administration of James Madison, around the time of the War of 1812, people of opposing views could not and would not talk to each other. (Sound familiar?) Enter the enterprising, First Lady, Dolley Madison.  She wielded an important influence on the divisive political climate by creating her legendary “Drawing Rooms” or “Wednesday Squeezes.” Her invitation-only events – the most popular social event in town – were for the president’s colleagues of various political persuasions, the top Washingtonians of the time. She would invite so many guests, they would literally have to squeeze into the space which forced people of diverse backgrounds to have influential discussions while enjoying refreshments and music. Read more here

As a community venue, we want to foster an atmosphere for all Washingtonians to communicate – even with their dissenting opinions – and come together over soothing libations. To continue in the spirit we have built through our Pop-Up Piazza Parties this Summer, we invite you to join our new Friday Squeezes at the Bar (pictured) every Friday from 5-8 pm. There will be complimentary hors d’ouevres, Happy-Hour priced drinks and specialty cocktails to encourage a free exchange of (opposing) thoughts.

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