RAO's (Las Vegas)
I recently spent a long weekend in Las Vegas. Like most Southern California residents, I end up there a couple times a year. It’s the playground of Los Angeles. This particular trip had been scheduled for months and months as a present for my aunt to see Celine Dion in concert - one of her favorite performers.
We had a weekend scheduled full of food and shopping and chit-chatting and gambling - well, only two of us gambled so the other two ate and drank more (I was one of those two).
Our first big meal was at Rao’s - the Las Vegas outpost of the New York City Italian food mecca. I’ve never eaten at the one in New York but it's apparently impossible to get in to and because of that, I think many dismiss the food as less than spectacular. I really think Italian food is all about how it makes you feel and who you’re eating it with. That’s why this dinner was extra special because I could share it with my half-Italian mother and aunt - both great cooks in their own right.
You may know Rao’s by their famous pasta sauce that is sold at many grocery stores across the country. I didn’t even realize we use it all the time!
We started it all off with the Fritto Misto which was a little unusual because it included shrimp, cod and little julienne zucchini along with the calamari. I LOVED the calamari. The rest I could do without but my mother really enjoyed the cod. I was the only one who really wanted the Caprese Salad and I ate almost all of it myself. It was exactly what I’d expect at a good Italian restaurant.
On to main courses, we shared the Veal Milanese with the Hot & Sweet Cherry Peppers that normally come with the Veal or Pork Chop at our waiter’s recommendation. He said it would be spicy and it was! Tere loved it, the rest of us just kept trying to cool off our tongues.
We also split three pastas: the Shells with Ricotta Sauce, Penne Vodka and the Rigatoni Filetto di Pomodoro. You can see all the details to them in the menu. All three were very good although I really liked the Shells with Ricotta best - that ones a keeper!
We didn’t take any time for dessert as we ran out for the Celine Dion concert but we went out after at Serendipity 3….stay tuned!
Heather’s Rating: Worth Going Back