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May 10, 2007 07:59 AM

I Ricchi in DC

Anyone been there lately? Recommendations? Always looking for good Italian restaurnats in DC, MD and VA.

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  1. I would suggest Dinos or Al Tiramisu over I Ricchi any day. I was quite underwhelmed when I went last year. And I personally thought the waitstaff treated me and my 2 friends not very well....kinda snotty with no reason to be.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Thanks. I'll be taking a client while we're in Georgetown. Are any of them convenient?

      1. re: lincar916

        Al Tiramisu is closer to G-town then Dinos. It's in Dupont Circle and quick cab ride to and from. They have clasically delicious pasta---especially the gnocchi.

        Also if you are wanting to stay in Georgetown I would suggest Filomena as well. The servings are huge (especially the gigantic cuts of cake) but the Pasta Mamas make incredible homemade pasta (also good gnocchi and raviolis).

    2. I Ricchi is awful. Food is mediocre, the ambiance is extremely crowded tables with a high noise level, mediocre service, and a relatively high price. Almost anyway is better. I would never go back.

      For more home-like Italian cooking, try A La Lucia or Dino. For upscale try Obelisk or Tosca. For somewhere in the middle, Al Tiramisu, Al Crostino, even Filomena.

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      1. re: Dakota Guy

        Pretty good summary DG. My last two experiences with I Ricchi were absolutely awful on all fronts. I simply can not understand who still goes there.

        I think Tosca is probably the best Italian kitchen (and dining room) in the city right now. Obelisk is a treat, but certainly a more limited menu and a more crowded environment. I haven't been to Teatro in years. I think Spezie sucks. And unless you are already in the neighborhood, I don't think Dino is worth the cab ride.

        If I was in Georgetown and wanted Italian, I'd probably go to Cafe Milano. The food is excellent, expecially salads, pastas and pizzas, despite it's reputation as merely a social scene.

      2. I'm totally with Elyssa and Dakota Guy - stay away from I Ricchi.

        Just a quick warming on Al Tiramisu - it IS delicious, but they have a bad habit of charging way way way more for specials (which are given with no prices) than anything else on the menu. As long as you are aware of what you could get into, you'll have a very good meal there.

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        1. re: LulusMom

          Same with Al Crostini...def. ask how much all the specials are. Otherwise it will be double

        2. Wow-I'm shocked. Heard it was fabulous. Went to their sister restaurant in Bethesda and was underwhelmed. Anybody have comments about Notte Bianche and Olives? I'll be entertaining clients for 2 dinners. We'll be going to Cafe Milano one night, so I'm happy with the reviews here. I have been to Tosca and loved it. Was a bit concerned about the distance from Georgetown, though.

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          1. re: lincar916

            Don't go to Notti Bianche. They are in between chefs. But even when the old chef was there the food I had went from so-so to absolutly terrible (think clearly rotten fish).

            I haven't been to the Olives in DC. I went to the original in Boston many times...but I've heard its different here. Even so I imagine its good.

            What is your price range and what type of food are you looking for the 2nd night and I'm sure I (or others) can help you out.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Notti Bianche was one of the best kitchens in DC immediately before Tony Chittum left. The place was running on all cylinders. I'm sorry if you had a bad experience. I haven't been since, but I look forward to checking it out soon.

              Also, I know for sure that Brendan Cox, a very telented chef, took over at Notti Bianche in February and was still there as of last month, but someone please tell me if there is more recent information.

              1. re: Steve

                Had lunch today at Notti Bianche. Very fine stuff. Their take on a Ceasar Salad (romaine, parmesan, anchovies, green olive tapenade) was good, and the linguini with shrimp and mussels was a gorgeous plate of food that tasted as good as it looked. Nicely offset with cherry tomatoes, sage leaves, flecks of hot pepper. Strawberry gelato was served with a balsamic syrup, fresh strawberry and biscotti. Everything very fresh and tasty. A great resource, especially if you're going to the Kennedy Center. Brendan Cox remains the executive chef.

            2. re: lincar916

              One idea is to try to get a reservation at the new seafood restaurant in G-town called Hook thats been getting good reviews.

              1. re: lincar916

                My understanding is that I Ricchi used to be fabulous years ago. As you can see, we agree it isn't anymore.

                1. re: lincar916

                  Yikes, almost missed this one - stay away from Cafe Milano, especially for a business dinner.

                  This is a "place to be seen" restaurant, and the food is mediocre on a good day, but expensive any day.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    I disagree. I think it's perfect for a business dinner, or a business lunch, which I have done. First class accomodations and service. And the food is outstanding on a good day. It attracts a sophisticated, in-the-know crowd for those reasons. It doesn't become a night club until after 10PM. Before that you are more likely to see local Georgetown residents, a few politicians, and business people. I do, however, agree it's expensive.

                2. Thanks for all the recommendations and warnings. I have reservations at Al Tiramisu and Cafe Milano. I'll provide updates!

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                  1. re: lincar916

                    Please let us know how Al Tiramisu is. I haven't been in awhile but will be moving about a block away from the restaurant. I'm sure its still excellent but I would love an updated point of view.

                    And if you get the chance...order the gnocchi..its delicious!!!

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      Al Tiramisu is okay, but I found it overrated. The gnocchi was fine, and my pasta was fine, but nothing special. I was with my girlfriend at the time -- we both are in our early 30's -- and our waited treated us with thinly veiled contempt. When he misunderstood my order and brought it out incorrectly, he made it clear that he thought it was my fault. Ugh.

                      The wine list is way overpriced and pretty boring.

                      Sorry, but I don't see why Al tiramisu has such a great reputation.