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Rao's is coming to Los Angeles

JosephEBacon Oct 31, 2012 09:15 PM

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


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

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    bg90027 Nov 1, 2012 12:48 PM

    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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      maudies5 Nov 1, 2012 01:05 PM

      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.

    2. A5 KOBE Nov 1, 2012 10:50 AM

      The Bubba Gump of Italian?

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        Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2012 09:37 AM

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

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          foodiemahoodie Nov 2, 2012 01:46 AM

          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.

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            ns1 Nov 2, 2012 09:27 AM

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


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              Servorg Nov 2, 2012 10:05 AM

              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. DrBruin Nov 1, 2012 07:56 AM

          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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            ns1 Nov 1, 2012 10:57 AM

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

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              DrBruin Nov 3, 2012 12:09 AM

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

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            AMC1210 Oct 31, 2012 10:19 PM

            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. wienermobile Oct 31, 2012 10:04 PM

              The location is the old Hollywood Canteen.

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                granadafan Oct 31, 2012 09:32 PM

                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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                  ns1 Oct 31, 2012 11:28 PM


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                    raytamsgv Nov 1, 2012 10:29 AM


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                      ipsedixit Nov 1, 2012 10:43 AM

                      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.

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                        cls Nov 1, 2012 01:00 PM

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

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