Acclaimed Chef Francesco Ricchi has announced his retirement after over 30 years in the Washington, DC area. His restaurant, Cesco Osteria at 7401 Woodmont Ave in Bethesda, will close permanently on January 29th.
Per the press release:
Arriving from Florence, Italy in 1988, Chef Ricchi had a new and exiting vision for Italian cuisine. Diners at his restaurants have been dazzled with his simple but tasty homemade pastas, delectable grilled meats, seafood and desserts made from family recipes from the original restaurant that still stands today on the outskirts of Florence.
Opening in 1997, CESCO TRATTORIA and later CESCO OSTERIA, has upheld the fine reputation of Ricchi’s excellence in the kitchen and beyond. He has served royalty, politicians and local food lovers with equal pride and humility. A fellow chef describes Chef Ricchi as “…the most humble and sincere man you could ever meet who really knows his way in the kitchen.” Throughout the years, he has donated his time to many causes including DC Central Kitchen, So Others Might Eat (SOME), Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Well liked by peers and customers alike, Chef Ricchi has createda warm and inviting place for those who want a simple meal or grand dining experience.
Chef Ricchi has earned dozens of awards including such
– Chef of the Year (Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington)
– Most Popular Italian Restaurant (Washingtonian Magazine)
– Best New Restaurant in the United States (Esquire Magazine)
– Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in North America (Food and Wine Magazine)
– Washington Post’s 50 Very Best Restaurants
– Zagat Restaurant Award of Distinction
CESCO OSTERIA will be open until January 29th. All items in the restaurant will be offered for sale through an auction site.
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“To all the many wonderful friends who have become like family, a sincere thank you for making us your preferred place to hold your special celebrations. It has been my honor to serve you.”
– Francesco Ricchi