Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keepin' It Gangsta

Rao's brings NYC street cred to Hollywood...with a side of meatballs


There are restaurants where you take the family, and there are restaurants where you take the family.

Enter Rao’s Hollywood, the Tinseltown outpost of New York’s legendary Southern Neapolitan restaurant and mob hangout where you might just have to shake someone down to score a table.

Unlike the tiny, 10-table Harlem location — particularly beloved by politicians, celebrities, and those in the waste-management industry — the indoor-outdoor Hollywood digs are large and in charge with 95 seats.

If you’re lucky enough to get made make a reservation, you and your outfit can look forward to classic Rao’s fare including the signature meatballs, Uncle Vincent’s lemon chicken and steak pizzaiola.

You’ll also find market-driven specials specific to the Hollywood ristorante from Executive Chef Nicole Grimes, the don of the kitchen at Rao’s Caesars Palace and a James Beard Award nominee.

Just remember: It’s “ray-ohs.”

And don’t complain about the music, wiseguy.

Rao's raosla.com
1006 Seward St., Hollywood
(323) 962-7267

Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)

Parking: Valet
Hot seat: The back patio
Best bets: The meatballs in marinara sauce; veal parmesan
Scene: The Hollywood mafia (entertainment-industry players)
Nearby: ArcLight Hollywood; Roadside Eats; Sassafras

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