Acclaimed Chef Francesco Ricchi announces his retirement after over 30 years in the Washington, DC area.  Arriving from Florence, Italy in 1988, Chef Ricchi had a new and exciting vision for Italian cuisine.  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 created a warm and inviting place for those who want a simple meal or grand dining experience.


Chef Ricchi has earned dozens of awards including such honors as:


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


 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 an honor to serve you.  


Cesco Osteria  
7401 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Reservations still available.  Please call 301-654-8333. Thank you.