Legendary Italian restaurant Rao’s leaves Caesars Palace after 15 years of racing in November
Rao’s, Caesars Palace’s legendary Italian restaurant, is closing after 15 years at the resort on Sunday, November 28.
“When we opened Rao’s Caesars Palace in December 2006, we didn’t fully understand the impact it would have on all of our lives. Almost 15 years later, as we prepare to close these doors for the last time, we are filled with various emotions and we will always look back and cherish the memories created within these walls. While our future in Las Vegas is not yet decided, we are very excited about the possibilities of what lies ahead, ”Rao co-owners Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci said in a press release.
Rao’s was the second outlet for the Italian restaurant with East Harlem roots that opened in 1896. With just four tables and six stalls in a space decorated with year-round Christmas lights and photos by Frank Sinatra and Frankie Valli on the wall, it was one of the hardest tables to grab, especially after The New York Times gave it three stars in 1977.
In Las Vegas, the restaurant retains the same decor, barely more space than the 40 seats in Harlem, as well as a pétanque court next to the Garden of the Gods aquatic complex. Rao’s is known for its meatballs made with ground veal, pork, beef and Sunday sauce, as well as Uncle Vincent’s lemon chicken grilled over charcoal and topped with the famous lemon sauce from Vincent, all meant to be shared.
“It’s a rare feat for a restaurant to be open on the Las Vegas Strip for 15 years,” said Sean McBurney, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, in a press release. “We will always be grateful to Frank Pellegrino Sr., Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci for their partnership to bring their legendary brand to our customers. “
For now, Rao’s remains open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.