Looking like a tiny treasure in a glass display case, this rich Italian restaurant holds its own across the street from The Palm and next to The Melting Pot and Georgetown Seafood Company. i Ricchi’s simple elegance compliments its succulent and fresh gourmet dishes. The generously-filled breadbasket nearly makes appetizers unnecessary. Fresh foccacia topped with sun-dried tomatoes makes your mouth water at first sight and the traditional Italian bread is still warm from the oven.
Innovative bruschetta topped with white beans and tomatoes (called Fettunta coi Fagioli o Pomodoro on the menu) makes for a great appetizer if the diner is still daring. Every entree is carefully prepared and impressively presented. The baby lamb chops, prime rib and tuna specials are tender and infused with flavor. The pastas and raviolis also should not be missed.
The cordial staff earns this restaurant a high mark on prompt and friendly service, serving the dishes as if they have memorized an etiquette instruction manual. The restaurant’s decor and ambiance create a romantic atmosphere for parties of two or a friendly meeting place for larger parties with various table sizes, shapes and locations dotting the dining room.
The large wine list allows connoisseurs to please their palate with champagnes, red wines, white wines and cognacs for an after dinner delight. While the dessert menu is limited, the selection of imported Italian cheeses is tasty, and the chef’s homemade specialties are always a treat. Overall, the restaurant is warm and comes to life as the evening progresses and the food is a delectable treat for the taste buds.