Cris and I arrived at RAO’s LA last night with a special invite extended to tastemakers, bloggers and foodies. With only 20 people selected to get a taste of what’s been deemed a number one Italian go to in New York and Las Vegas with a new location being added in Los Angeles, it was now our time to see what it was all about. A 4-course menu was presented while a handsome  Italian whispered Red or White as he circled the table. It couldn’t be off to a better start (I request red if you wondering).

As we got settled in, we met a few cool people and we were able to get to know one another effortlessly. Perhaps the wine helped. I might add that sitting with people you didn’t know family style, talking about our day, was definitely refreshing.

When the dishes came rolling out, everyone’s eyes got big.


A fine selection of salads, which included a house salad with Endive, fennel , radicchio, red onion, Roma tomatoes with a vinaigrette dressing.

A seafood salad with calamari, crab, lobster, shrimp and a lemon citron eye.

Roasted red peppers with julienned, golden raisins, pine nuts, oil and garlic parsley.

Spaghetti marinara with San Marzano, tomato sauce and basil along with Rigatoni Bolognese and Rao’s Meatballs


Shrimp scampi, lemon chicken and eggplant Parmesan complimented with peas and prosciutto

And we can’t forget desert of course which was a New York cheesecake and Cannoli.


Everything was nicely seasoned and presented exceptionally. The food was a sure reflection of the owners, Frankie Sr. & Jr, which Cris and I had the pleasure of meeting. They couldn’t have been any more welcoming and hospitable. It felt like we were at their house having a family dinner. Now that’s an element that every Italian restaurant should adopt! And just so you know, the meatballs were definitely a Heart Of Cool favorite! But don’t take our word for it; enjoy your own moment at Rao’s.

Signing off