The Italian grocery store and small restaurant Radici is set to open near Eastern Market this weekend.
Located at 303 7th St. SE, Radici will carry high-end Italian food and organic produce. Its restaurant with 14 seats indoors and room for 34 people outside will be led by two Italian chefs, co-owner Bridget Thibodeau-Sasso said Monday.
Radici, whose name is Italian for “roots,” will sell pasta, sauces and more and have the feel of an Italian home, Thibodeau-Sasso said. She decorated its interior with hand-blown lamps from Venice and terra-cotta made by an Italian company that’s made the material for 500 years.
Thibodeau-Sasso, who lived in Italy for 13 years, said she loved that Italians enjoy communal, Thanksgiving-type meals on a regular basis.
“One thing that I believe is lacking in American culture is that there aren’t a lot of family dinners,” she said, adding that she hopes the grocery store and restaurant can bring neighbors together.
Radici will have two entrances — one on C Street SE, on the restaurant side of the business, and another on 7th Street SE, leading to the grocery store.
Thibodeau-Sasso said she opted to open the business on the Hill because the neighborhood has a “European feel.”
Radici is slated for a health inspection this week and should open Saturday or Sunday. The owners will hold a grand opening celebration next month, Thibodeau-Sasso said.