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