Rao’s serves authentic southern Italian cuisine, just like its sister location in the heart of Harlem in New York City. The famous eatery in New York is known for its intimate setting of only 10 tables. The New York version has been open for over 100 years and there are pictures all over the walls to prove it. The restaurant is famous for turning away people like Bill Clinton and Madonna as they tried to get a table. Tables at Rao’s are passed down for generations and weekly reservations made many years ago by locals are still kept to this day. Tables at Rao’s New York, which has only one seating per night, are “owned” like property, yet rarely traded or sold.
The Caesars Palace version strives to keep the authenticity of the original on a much grander scale. The dining room has been designed to seem just as cozy and charming as the original with dim lighting and lots of private tables. Pictures from the original restaurant are all over the walls documenting Rao’s rich history. Two 10-table rooms at Rao’s duplicate the original in almost every way. There is other seating throughout the restaurant, but these tables are the most coveted. The restaurant will also sell gifts, sauces, and authentic Italian treats for guests to take home.
This restaurant is a New York treasure that will soon become a Vegas favorite. Don’t miss Rao’s if you are in Vegas because chances are you will never get into the New York version.