I've heard the stories of not being able to get a table at Rao's. When you call their telephone number, the message states that all reservations for the year are taken........I've heard that message for 2011, 2012, and 2013. I decided it was time for me to experience Rao's, if only at the bar.
My best friend and I dressed up for our visit to Rao's. We settled in at the bar. Around 30 minutes laters we were asked if we wanted to have dinner. Yup, they asked if we wanted to eat........We were seated at the table for two in the front of the restaurant.
The food was delicious. We started with Mozzarella in Carroza, divine. crispy bread with melted mozzarella in tasty tomato sauce. If only I could have licked the plate.
Next up was the spagetti with white clam sauce...........the sauce lingered on the pasta. With every bite, my tongue was caressed by the garlic, olive oil and fresh clams. I loved that the sauce stayed on the pasta.
The Famous Rao's meatballs arrived at the table and they tasted unlike any meatball you've eaten. I've googled the recipe to find out what unusual ingredient they use. But, sadly, it is just their mastery of average ingredients......meat, bread crumbs, cheese, etc....
The Lemon Chicken is their signature dish...........the contrast of the tart lemon sauce and the crunchy broiled skin of the chicken. I am salivating thinking of the magic of the tastes......
Frankie and Ronnie, the owners/managers - my new best friends, surprised me with a candle on a cheese cake. Then the entire restaurant joined in for a chorus of Happy Birthday. They overheard me saying that it was my birthday................
Remember, I walked in off the street, no reservation, no connection, no Public Relations Advance team!
Like Shangri-la in Lost Horizon, I want to find my way back.
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