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  • You’re going to have to head North, as in Philly or New York/Connecticut for the greatest Italian restaurant, but I would not even put I Ricchi up there for DC. Expensive and unimaginative.

  • The Pines of Florence on Connecticut ave. is the best Italian. It’s a dive and it’s cheap and it’s yummy.

  • overrated and overpriced. Also, they feel the need to tell you how this is the sister restaurant to the only other existing one located in Italy somewhere. Who cares?!?

  • wow we get a reference to how much better some other city’s italian food is IN THE VERY FIRST COMMENT! A record! Congratulations!

    I Ricchi is pretty good but very expensive. It’s been around forever and is a fun sort of throwback to an earlier era of DC dining.

  • I am going to also go with overpriced and overrated.

  • I’m particularly critical of Italian restaurants seeing as my mother can usually cook up something 5x as good as anything I find out. If you want good authentic Italian this place isn’t it. Try Potenza at 15th and H for the real thing.

  • Giovanni’s Trattu 1823 Jefferson Place NW

  • Thanks K St for your incredibly helpful comment. I used to believe that DC is home to the Eastern Seaboard’s greatest italian culinary finds, but thanks to you, I know better now.

    I’ve never been to I Ricchi, but from what I’ve read, it has seen better days. On the other hand, I have been to Pines of Florence, and it is terrible. What you see on the outside is what you get: 1) open jar of ragu, 2) place on pasta, 3) microwave. 4) Serve! It’s actually so bad, it’s worth going just for the giggles.

  • Pines of Florence totally rocks.

  • Al Tiramisu on P in Dupont is the most authentic in town in my opinion (although the choices are taken from throughout Italy). The linguine alle vongole has historically been incredibly tasty. Teatro Goldoni on K is pricey, but probably the best overall these days.

  • I wonder if the people bitching about i Ricchi have actually eaten there, or just glanced at a menu. Particularly anyone who would compare it to the Pines.

  • I’m with A-lo on Pines – really bad! Potenza is good. If I am going to pay I Ricchi prices for Italian, my money’s on Teatro Goldoni.

  • BTW – one of the best Italian restaurants in DC is sadly closed. It was San Marco at the corner of Kalorama Rd and 18th Street (now occupied by a Tibetan/Northern Indian place). the owner retired. I loved that place – best gnocchi al pesto and a really yummy swordfish carpaccio at great prices. That along with one of the world’s best grappa collections made it tops in my book.

  • food is very good, but not the best….plus service is RUDE RUDE RUDE

  • Obelisk on P Street is some of the best Italian food in the city. Northern Italian inspired pre-fixe menu that changes daily. Very small (seats only about 30 people) so reservations can be hard to come by. Also fairly pricey. Worth every penny.

    Tosca is good upscale Italian as well. For less-expensive fare, try Posto (same owners) on 14th street.

    Pasta Mia is a cult favorite. Located in Adams Morgan, they don’t take reservations and there is almost always a line out the door. Red tablecloth Italian joint. Reasonably priced.

    I have heard good things about Potenza, but have never been.

    Also, a restaurant I have been hearing a lot about recently is Siroc. Its fairly new and getting rave reviews. Located right off the McPherson Square metro stop.

  • Pines of Rome in Bethesda.

  • Most of this thread about I Ricchi sounds something like the comments on a sports blog: Assertive statements with little or no substance (sort of like any recent Obama speech). Tell us WHY a restaurant is the best – that’s information we can use, not “My restaurant’s better than yours, not it’s not, yes it is, is, isn’t, is, isn’t !!!”

    “big line out the door” = succesful, but not necessarily good

    “yummy” and “tasty”? Applied to edible food this is like saying that water is wet and cold.

    “totally rocks” = like “awesome”, this means the writer is under 30, or wants to be (not necessarily a bad thing).

    As for: “Also, they feel the need to tell you how this is the sister restaurant to the only other existing one located in Italy somewhere. Who cares?!?”

    It’s in Florence in the Santo Spirito section on the “other” side of the Arno, but Kalia is absolutely right…who cares.

    I like: “What you see on the outside is what you get: 1) open jar of ragu, 2) place on pasta, 3) microwave” – it’s the closest thing in this thread to a description of food.

  • I used to have a colleague that was a fan of I Ricchi so I used to eat there a lot. I don’t remember a single meal I had though. Not one. This leads me to conclude that it was passable, but obviously unspectacular.

    @Paul, I’d be happy to provide a better description of the food if I could remember it.

  • I can confirm that Siroc is great, as has been pointed out above I’m a bit of a jerk when it comes to Italian food and I really enjoyed it, might be my new go to for work lunches (you guys are really easy to get going though- so predictable) . I’ve also heard good things about Giovanni’s Trattu and hope to try it soon.

  • Coppi’s!! Or Floriana! Handmade pasta with fresh ingredients. mmmmm.

  • Siroc is excellent but not really an Italian restaurant per se. Just to muddy the waters, I’d say Al Crostino is pretty damn good. I’ve had excellent seafood and a good pasta there. If you want to head to upper caucasia, M Cafe is also good, though it might technically be over the border in Maryland. If that’s the case, please track me down and cut out my intestines.

  • The Chef’s table at Teatro Goldoni is great! The food is good to great and the chef makes the evening unforgetable. I highly recommend it if you have a special celebration with up to 6 attending (maybe 8). I have not dined in the regular dining room but I understand that it’s a completely different experience and so cannot comment.
    Obelisk is great but some might find it a bit austere.
    I Ricchi was great in its prime (15-20 years ago?) but has sagged a bit since then.
    San Marco was really good for the basics, sorry it’s gone.
    Really though, buy yourself a good cookbook and a pasta roller. Homemade Italian is the easiest of all cuisines to master.

  • So that we might garner better, more thoughtful and contributory comments, kindly consider PoP awarding a best commentary or review of a restaurant like this on a regular or weekly basis, or devise some other incentive to bring better writing to a thread that more aptly contributes “to the beautiful life” in Petworth.

    Your posts are wonderful and neighborly. Your advertisers, your content, and collaborative hard work and resources deserve better.

  • Been back to the very old Anna Maria’s on Conn Ave since the closing for renovations you reported on back in the spring, PoP ?

  • Mr. Paul Ricchi:

    Constructively, sir, Giovanni’s Trattu was posted on PoP earlier this year and all 12 written comments were very favorable and approving, resulting in an unusual, entirely unanimous positive thread of Trattu where you might find more substance you’re looking for at:


  • To the quality/relevance of comments issue (or Dear Owners of I Ricchi) –
    It’s an open forum about Italian restaurants. It appears to be a sad fact of life that yours ranks significantly lower than a host of others. Rather than bitch on a forum, howsabout you focus on improving your business?

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