Italian restaurants can charm and soothe, even without their dining rooms by Tom Sietsema, May 22, 2020 "...Everything I’ve eaten from her menu of late underscores the restaurant’s status as a Washington classic. The pork-and-beef meatballs burst with fresh herbs, which the owner calls her most-used ingredients. The grooves of the squid ink cavatelli, set off with pearly shrimp, catch delicious crumbles of fennel-laced sausage. Her minestrone, so thick with vegetables and beans you could eat it with a fork, salutes the season. Cheesecake — tiramisu’s rival for my affection here — rises high from its fine walnut crust. Diners can capture even more of the restaurant’s magic by joining the I Ricchi Food Club. You can sign up...
Piemonte, Risotto & Napoleon. In their regional cuisines, Italians understand and celebrate their homegrown specialties, much of which are rooted in long traditions. Piemonte is rich in ingredients ranging from the Alps, to the rice paddies of its plains, to the manicured vineyards on the rolling hills of Le Langhe. Our menu this week showcases all of these, embellished with local folklore and historic battle stories.
Kicking off Festival Season in the Italian Riviera Italy's best kept food secret is the "sagra", a festival organized to show off the typical enogastronomic products of a particular area. During the second week of May the "Sagra del Pesce" is held in Camogli, a stunning seaside village south of Genova on the Ligurian coast, also known as the Italian Riviera. This week we pay homage to the coastal ingredients and spirit of this beautiful region and perhaps remember some of our own summer getaways and beachside picnics.
Guado Al Tasso Vermentino 2019. Vermentino is Italy's sleek and sexy seaside white wine. We think this week's selection from Guado Al Tasso is one of the best -- medium-bodied, fresh and quite round, with a floral aftertaste. That freshness is the result of the natural lively acidity of the Vermentino grape, which provides balance as well as a marvelous affinity for pairing with a variety of foods. From simple fish and veggie dishes to pesto pasta and fresh mozzarella salad.
Celebrate "mamma" on her special day! Whether you are together or apart, share your love by sharing a meal across your tables. Chef Christianne is channeling her female sophisticated touch in this beautiful menu that captures healthy fresh flavors and is designed for the discerning tastes of Mom. We have paired this menu with two optional special refreshments and flowers to complete the ultimate Mother's Day package.