2017 50 Most Beautiful

Riccardo Casale
Riccardo Casale
Brewster, N.Y.
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A recent transplant to Washington, Riccardo Casale is bringing a little bit of Texas to the nation’s capital.

“I’m an Aggie,” the recent Texas A&M graduate and Capitol Hill staffer says. “I love Texas. I could die there.”

But his Lone Star State roots aren’t the only thing Casale, known as “Richard” to his friends and family, is proud of — he notes his deep Italian heritage. He comes from a large Italian family, saying that his great-grandfather had 21 children.


He credits his family’s history with his love of Italian cooking — his go-to dishes include steak bucatini.

When he’s not working for Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) as a staff assistant or cooking up some Italian specialty, Casale says he enjoys the great outdoors and hunting.

He also participated in multiple study-abroad programs in college. Casale loves traveling and learning about new cultures — especially if there’s a tasty new dish involved.

— Graham Piro