Signatures Space May Have New Tenant

Metrocurean has learned, thanks to the reporting of publicist Linda Roth Conte, that Francesco Ricchi (at right) plans to open a seafood restaurant in the former Signatures space on Pennsylvania Avenue. Also on board, according to Roth Conte, is chef Enzo Febbraro of Filomena, who is expected to head the new kitchen. D'Acqua has been mentioned as a possible name for the new spot.

Ricchi holds an important place in the history of D.C.'s Italian dining scene. He opened Bethesda's Cesco Trattoria with Roberto Donna, I Ricchi in 1989 with his then-wife Christianne, who still runs the restaurant as chef/owner, and shaped the tiny Etrusco in Dupont Circle.

If things move ahead as planned (and you never know in the restaurant business), the space tarnished by lobbyist Jack Abramoff's criminal activities could once again house a serious restaurant.