D'Acqua Set To Open This Month

D'Acqua, the new restaurant from chefs Francesco Ricchi and Enzo Febbraro, is slated to open by mid-December, possibly as early as next week.

The modern Italian seafood restaurant will fill the void at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW left by the sudden closure of Signatures a year ago. On the menu: housemade pork and lamb sausages served with broccoli rabe, Neapolitan style; ravioli filled with seafood and porcini mushrooms in a lemon and marjoram sauce; slow cooked lamb shank "osso buco" style; and grilled cornish hen served with citrus sauce. Ricchi brings Northern Italian influences to the cuisine, while Febbraro adds a Southern Italian flavor.

A display in the restaurant will showcase daily seafood offerings, priced per pound, from which diners can choose their meal. The seafood will be available oven roasted, grilled or salt crusted.

Ricchi opened iRicchi in 1989 and now owns Cesco in Bethesda, which he launched with chef Roberto Donna. Febbraro was previously executive chef at Filomena and Café Milano.