About i Ricchi
A restaurant specializing in the preparation of "Cucina Rustica" - Tuscan country-style cooking.
Italian, Modern Tuscan, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
19th & Jefferson Pl.
$31 to $50
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We cater small - medium sized events.
Free Valet Parking is available at Dinner.
Dupont Circle South
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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i Ricchi provides private rooms and special menus for parties of 12 or more.
i Ricchi Ratings and Reviews
6:30 PM reservation, we decided to eat o ...
6:30 PM reservation, we decided to eat outside since the inside was too noisy as happy hour was still going on. The free valet parking was a very nice touch as we arrived during rush-hour when it is difficult to park on the street. The 2 of us, enjoying a date night on a Tuesday were seated outside at a four-person table under a nice patio umbrella. The table and the table next to us both needed wobble wedges, which were addressed immediately.
The service was prompt and polite throughout the evening, with multiple people asking us in an unintrusive way how our meals were at each course. We used a three course meal Groupon, and every dish was delicious. We had the scallops and octopus much were both cooked perfectly and well seasoned. We had veal and octopus but were both cooked perfectly and well seasoned. And we had the veal and branzino for the entrées, also delicious! I'd give the cheesecake a 4 out of 5, but overall still pretty good.
Would definitely recommend i Ricchi to anyone looking for a great Italian restaurant!
One of the best dining experiences I can ...
One of the best dining experiences I can remember having. The meat was cooked as ordered & the tastes of the Lamb Chops & steak were wonderful. The vegetables were cooked well also. Too often things are either over or under cooked. This chef was on top of his game. The fresh bread, appetizer's, wine & dessert were all very good. Our waiter was knowledgeable & very comfortable to talk with. Service can add or subtract from a meal, & in this case he definitely enhanced our evening. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
iRicchi has AMAZIng food and great servi ...
iRicchi has AMAZIng food and great service. What sets them apart is the friendly staff and welcoming nature of everyone in the restaurant. We always dine when there is a GROUPON or Living Social deal (it is pricey without the deal but worth the $ either way) and we are always treated wonderfully.
I took a friend for her 50th birthday and (in her words) "OMG, everything that touched my lips was amazing"!
Had a hankering for Italian and heard i ...
Had a hankering for Italian and heard i Ricchi was great--and it was! Owner/funder Christianne Ricchi oversees the operation personally, and the staff are outstanding (if you can, ask for Darina). I had a very filling tuna and bean salad for an appetizer (could have sufficed for dinner), plus an outstanding roast salmon. Just a block or two SW of Dupont Circle Metro, this restaurant is outstanding!
I ordered an appetizer of sausage and be ...
I ordered an appetizer of sausage and beans. The menu didn't say there was fennel in the sausage. I don't like fennel and would have ordered something else if I'd known. Also my entree was trout, which was not seasoned at all, but which I've found is typical of restaurants that serve fish.
There was a very large table (about 12 t ...
There was a very large table (about 12 to 14 people) next to us, so the noise was overwhelming. Even with just two of us we could not carry on a conversation. We used a Groupon which is a great deal. In the past, the food has been excellent, but this time it was mostly mediocre. The grilled octopus was rubbery and the filet zingara (which had been great in the past) was poor - not great meat quality and it seemed as if it has been microwaved - the meat was not browned at all on the outside, no flavor. Very good burrata appetizer and good cheesecake for dessert.
We come here every time we visit DC. The ...
We come here every time we visit DC. The food is consistently fabulous. The dining room transports you to the hills of Tuscany. Service is attentive without ever being intrusive. Always a memorable meal at I Ricchi!
One of many visits to I ricchi. Experie ...
One of many visits to I ricchi. Experience was outstanding from my reminder call by Anastasia to our welcome by Anastasia, our hostess to our service by Dorina who was not only a great waitperson but a charming woman as well. We will be back
I booked this well in advance of our tri ...
I booked this well in advance of our trip to DC. We were looking to enjoy a first romantic dinner but found the service not conducive to this. We ordered appetisers and said we would enjoy them and then order dinner after. The waiter said that they don't do it that way and we needed to order everything a once. We were rushed and probably ordered things that we wouldn't have if we had the timing as we wished it to be. The food was okay...probably because we didn't order what we really would have liked.
I can't say enough about i ricci. The f ...
I can't say enough about i ricci. The food, the staff, the ambiance, all superior to 95% of the restaurants in DC. I've been here numerous times, and it continues to impress me. Whatever the occasion, I am always more than satisfied with my dining experience. Not only is the food extraordinary, but I will say they have the best bread basket in town! Ms. Ricci is certainly at the top of her game.
Well I wanted to try this restaurant sin ...
Well I wanted to try this restaurant since we came in dc. I used to work in dupont so I heard about this one. Finally with a groupon deal, I tried it with my wife. The scallop, meatballs and the mozzarella salad was really refreshing and fantastic start. But after that it didn't meet the expectations. Branzino was really tasty but it was super simple. No artistic touch or any love for it from the kitchen. For 36 dollar you would expect a top notch entree which you want to remember. The next one was rib eye for my wife, it wasn't one of the best meat we have tried. The taste was bland and no flavor in it. It was just a cooked meat, nothing else. Desert was super good, can't remember what we got.
Service wise it was nice too.
Mediocre Italian food at above average p ...
Mediocre Italian food at above average prices for DC. We are returning customers because we had been here for a group event once before that was well organized. We felt very rushed by our waiter: for example, once we said we didn't want dessert he didn't bother to ask if we wanted coffee or an after dinner drink, rather he just brought our check!!
Excellent service, I like ice tea with l ...
Excellent service, I like ice tea with lots of ice. The waitress gave me my own decanter, checked, refilled and made sure I had everything I needed. Our food came out quickly and again several checks to make sure we were happy. The food is delicious, not heavy Southern Italian but light, fresh and truly full of flavor. We ate outside and enjoyed being screened in with beautiful greenery. 5 stars *****. Great dining experience
Very Nice--but not great. One host was d ...
Very Nice--but not great. One host was definitively unfriendly. Rest of staff and service was great. Food was very good, but again not awesome. Given the DC market for excellent dining; this is a safe bet, but not unique or noteworthy.
Apparently resting on its laurels. Staff ...
Apparently resting on its laurels. Staff were pleasant, but this is a mass production kind of place, not as "special" as I thought it might be. Have heard for years that it is high-end Italian, but we were a bit underwhelmed - liked the food mostly, but not inspired. Small matter, but the caprese salad was 99.5% tomato and mozzarella, but almost no basil, which is key; not a big deal, but kind of obvious. Wine by the glass very limited and not great. Might try it again some day, but not eager to go back right now.
Pushy waiter and okay food.
Nothing really great.
We booked a reservation on Open Table for 6:15 because the 6:30 we wanted wasn't available.
The restaurant was empty! When we left at 7:30 or so, it was still 80% empty.
It felt like a chain, trying to be a upscale restaurant.
I would say, don't bother.
Outside on the piazza
We had a delightful lunch on the updated piazza. It was sunny and there was a cool breeze. We started with the outstanding calamari and a delicious beet salad. The calamari was the best in the city and the beets and farro salad was just right for a summer day.
I had a crisp Prosecco which was the perfect accompaniment for the appetizers. The Risotto of the day was mushroom and pea shoots and was perfectly cooked. The Pasta Bolognese was flavorful.
We are never disappointed at I Ricchi.
Fabulous italian food
We thoroughly enjoyed the t5wo meals we had there, although we missed Kenya our server from the first time, who was really great. The mixed grill was delicious. The noise level on a week night was better than on the weekend. Chairs which tend to be uncomfortable are easily overlooked given the quality of the food. I highly recommend the beet salad as well.
I had an excellent mussels starter, very good trout entree and a nice semifredo for dessert. The server was attentive, and the atmosphere was elegantly casual with a mix of couples and families. My only problem was their rather off-putting system of "welcoming" customers. I was greeted at the door by a friendly man who escorted me to a position behind the hostess, who kept her back to me for some minutes until she was ready to direct a waiter to take me to my table. This seemed to be the way they treated all arrivals while I was there.
Unauthentic food, take it or leave it management
First impressions good - efficient maître d', comfortable setting - but these were soon dissipated somewhat by a pushy waiter who seemed bent on telling us what we wanted to eat and drink - usually the more expensive items - even though we told him that we had been in Italy the previous week. Water off a duck's back. Like other diners at an aspirational high-end restaurant I imagine, I am not impressed by a waiter telling me which notables from the local embassies, the World Bank and others frequently dined at the restaurant. I ordered polipo panzanella with cucumber, croutons, and tomato for antipasti and cavatelli neri for prima; my wife ordered the branzino. So, after some tasty bread and oil, our pushy waiter returning frequently to chat and overfill our wine glasses, worryingly the panzanella arrived at lightning speed. Uh, uh. Warmed up rather than cooked from fresh. What is it the I Ricchi chef says in the restaurant blurb: "During my time in Tuscany I was inspired by the role of food in Italian culture. Food is a lifestyle in Tuscany; people know where their food comes from and how to prepare it. They seek comfort and quality in their food." No self-respecting Tuscan chef would serve warmed up food with bread/croutons as carb filler and octopus in short supply. When I questioned the paucity of octopus with the manager, he didn't want to know, let alone rectify the problem. "I'll tell the chef". Ultimately, he reported that Americans apparently like lots of bread/croutons in their Italian dishes instead of seafood. What drivel! Next came my wife's branzino, which was beautifully cooked, and my cavatello neri, which although tasty was also short on seafood and long on pasta. Again, repeated visits from our pushy waiter. What was the rush? Ultimately, my wife ordered a very good tiramisu and I finished the nice (albeit greatly overpriced) Super Tuscan, and then left with my wallet $170 lighter. Hardly "a real food experience", as the restaurant blurb boasts.
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