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Feb 24, 2005 02:16 PM


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Has anyone eaten at Rao's? I've heard it's nearly impossible to get a reservation at this place. Anyone have any advice on that? Is the food as good as they say? I'm doubtful.

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  1. I think the closest I'll ever get to Rao's is reading the cookbook and buying their brand of canned Italian "style" tomatoes. Never even met anybody who's been there.

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    1. re: ito

      been there..its Un remarkable

      1. re: doc

        I've never been to Rao's. It doesn't sound like I'm missing much, foodwise.

        On a partially related note, however, I'd like to put in a quick recommendation for their tomato sauce. I've been buying it for years. Originally, I had to mail order it by the case, but it's now available in stores. Try only the marinara flavor. The others are completely unremarkable, in my opinion. But the tomatoes in that marinara sauce are really tasty.

        1. re: Caseophile
          the supersleuth

          is quite good, or at least their rigatoni (which is the only one I've tried). Very large size noodles, which is hard to find in the boxed variety.

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      Elaine (Snutteplutten)

      I went there maybe six years ago now. Doubt anything's changed very much. I attach a link to an older post of mine about the experience.

      I wouldn't worry to hard about not being able to get a table. It was all about the aura, and not about the food.


      1. Here's message thread about the place.


        1. Thanks for the replies.

          1. Some consider Baldoria on 49th between Broadway and 8th to be as close as they can get to Rao's, without knowing Regis. Frank Pellegrino's son, Frank Jr., runs it, and it's much bigger.