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Rao's is coming to Los Angeles

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According to this article it will be at 1006 Seward in Hollywood.

http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2012...

Does anyone have any more information? Will they have the same menu? Same ten tables?

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  1. From the website, "Legendary for a regular lineup of colorful, connected heavyweights and a reservations policy so punishingly exclusive that few people actually ever squeeze between its bright red doors, Eater learns that this ten-table stalwart will take over a former club space in Hollywood."

    Sounds like it's too pretentious and shi shi. No thanks.

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    1. re: granadafan

      +1

      1. re: ns1

        +2

        1. re: raytamsgv

          I'm not sure that's the right way to characterize Rao's ... at least not the one in East Harlem.

          In many ways, Rao's is sort of like the Totoraku of homestyle, red-sauce Italian food.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The mobbed up Totoraku that is, oh, and without the stellar food.

    2. The location is the old Hollywood Canteen.

      1. Ate at the Las Vegas location, last year in Caesars Palace, It was just ordinary. There are much better Italian restaurants that deserve the business.

        1. I think the restaurant seems overrated ,I will say their jars of arriabiata sauce you can buy in supermarkets or online (albeit expensive) are delish.

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          1. re: DrBruin

            for 10 bucks a bottle or w/e it better damn well be.

            1. re: ns1

              Yeah, it's the best arrabiata sauce I've had.... either jarred or at a restaurant.

          2. Great! Another pretentious Italian restaurant...... Just what we need.....

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Pretentious? That ain't Rao's. Not pretentious. Old skool Italian. Being fairly exclusive is part of the attraction. Or maybe that's what you mean by pretentious.

              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                "Being fairly exclusive is part of the attraction. Or maybe that's what you mean by pretentious"

                yes.

                1. re: ns1

                  Of course if you are a fan of Dizzy Dean (or more recently, Muhammad Ali) there is the rejoinder to that criticism of "It's not bragging if you can do it." ;-D>

            2. The Bubba Gump of Italian?

              1. I've probably made the mushroom and sausage rissotto from Rao's cookbook more than any other dish I've ever cooked. Love it. Never been to either restaurant though.

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                1. re: bg90027

                  The lemon chicken recipe is another winner! My son went to the original Rao's and loved it. I suspect part of the thrill was that he was there with a regular customer. He also has been to the one in Las Vegas. Not too much love for that one. I really do like the cookbook.