Swimsuit Fashion Show Benefitting Autism Speaks

Olivia Ricchi - Thursday, September 11, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome Tala Raassi, local powerhouse entrepreneur and founder of the high-fashion swimsuit line Dar be Dar.  Straight from the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show in Miami, she will feature her 2014 Resort Collection.  Sip on cocktails and gourmet hors d'oeuvres as professional models show off this beautiful line.  A Pop-Up Shop will be selling the bathing suits on site.


Entry is $20 and tickets can be purchased at

Come and bring friends as our partner charity is Autism Speaks, whose mission we hold dear and who we are proud to support.

Plan your holiday event at Cesco

Elaine Sheetz - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Plan your holiday event at Cesco!  Don't wait or you might not find the date you want!

Cesco offers an elegant space and award-winning food for your holiday entertaining.  Please contact Elaine Sheetz to reserve.

Recipe featured on NBC News

Francesco Ricchi - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rigatoni with Porcini Mushrooms and Pistachio Pesto


1 Lb Rigatoni pasta
3 Porcini mushrooms sliced (frozen) - approx. 1 cup sliced
4 oz. pistachios 
1 small shallot
2 cloves of garlic sliced
1 tbs chopped fresh parsley
1 tbs chopped fresh basil
4 leaves chopped sage
1/2 cup vegetarian stock
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tbs heavy cream
2 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper 
parmesan cheese


Step 1:  Heat half of the olive oil and add half the garlic, half the parsley and basil and all the sliced porcini.  Cook for a 4 minutes.  Add half the wine and cook until evaporated and set aside off stove.

Step 2:  Heat the remaining olive oil, garlic, parsley and basil with the shallots, sage and pistachios for 2-3 minutes.  Add the remainder of wine and let evaporate.  Then add stock and heavy cream, salt and pepper.  Let reduce on low heat for 8-10 minutes and then blend until smooth.

Step 3: Cook pasta in salty water for 8-9 minutes until al dente.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

Step 4: Combine blended sauce with reserved porcini mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes.  Add a little stock if too dry and taste for salt and pepper.  Sauce can be made in advance and keep in fridge up to four days.

Step 5: Combine pasta with sauce in the fry pan and add grated parmesan cheese.  Add reserved pasta water if the sauce gets too thick.

My Secret Dishes Revealed by Zagat

Francesco Ricchi - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

So...some of you know about these...but now a lot more people do since Zagat featured our two secret dishes as some of the best in DC!  I've had to make a lot more :)  Hope you enjoy our homemade Tagliolini al Limone and Branzino Under Salt as much as all the others "in the know"!

Celebrating International Beer Day with Celebrity Brewer Brandon Skall

Francesco Ricchi - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
***You’re Invited*** 

International Beer Day at Piazza Beer Garden

Hosted by DC Brau’s Brandon Skall

International Beer Day is celebrated on August 1. Cesco Osteria owner and chef Francesco Ricchi and DC Brau’s Brandon Skall invite you to kick off the festivities one day early at Piazza Beer Garden on Thursday, July 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. while learning the ins and outs of brewing by DC’s beer expert Brandon Skall.

This event is open to the public. Washingtonians who choose to join the fun can sample three world brews for $10. Those who purchase tickets to the event will take home a platinum-lined DC Brau glass.

Thursday, July 31
6 – 8 p.m.

Piazza Beer Garden
7401 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD, 20814
(Bethesda Metro – Red Line)
To learn more about this event, visit: Piazza Beer Garden

Saturday Night DJ and dancing at Co2 Lounge

Francesco Ricchi - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

World Cup ACTION

Francesco Ricchi - Monday, June 16, 2014

Watch the World Cup with us! Cheer on your favorite team and wear your jersey to show your colors.

In addition to our large TVs inside, watch the games outdoors on our big-screen TV on patio (weather permitting).  

New light summer dishes

Francesco Ricchi - Monday, June 16, 2014

Cool summer menus for July and August.

Try Chef Cesco's Pappa al Pomodoro - and other light garden-based summer favorites

Planning a Bat or Bar Mitzvah? Dates still available for 2015

Elaine Sheetz - Monday, June 16, 2014

Book now for Bat and Bar Mitzvahs.  We can accommodate large or small parties in our different private spaces. Everything you can do in a hotel, we do it better -- with great food, wine and service. We still have dates available for 2015. 

Give Dad something he will treasure

Francesco Ricchi - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Father's Day is June 15th.

Get your favorite guy a gift certificate from Cesco.  Or perhaps he might like a gathering with all his friends for an outdoor BBQ at our Piazza Beer Garden ( However you want to shower him with love, we'll take care of the fun and food.

Call us at 301-654-8333.