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Rao’s Caesars Palace to Commemorate 10 Year Anniversary with an Evening of Classics on Jan. 12

RAO’S CAESARS PALACE TO COMMEMORATE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH AN EVENING OF CLASSICS ON JAN. 12

 Rao’s Caesars Palace will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special restaurant affair featuring “Rao’s Classics” on Thursday, Jan. 12. Guests are invited to join in the joyous occasion of the legendary institution and enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by Co-Owner Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Chef de Cuisine Fatimah Madyun.

“It’s a unique opportunity to celebrate a decade in the restaurant business here in Las Vegas and that in itself is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Frank Pellegrino Jr, co-owner of the original Rao’s in Harlem, Rao’s at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and Rao’s in Hollywood. “I started off as a busboy at Rao’s New York at the age of 12 never thinking I was going to stay in the family business, and I never left. We are so delighted of the roots we’ve put down in the entertainment capital of the world and we’re looking forward to continuing our family traditions at Caesars Palace for years to come.”

“Ten years ago, we were lucky enough to bring Rao’s, the hardest restaurant to book in New York City, to Caesars Palace,” said Gary Selesner, President of Caesars Palace. “It was and remains a perfect fit: Rao’s began 120 years ago in Harlem, NY, and Caesars Palace, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. A decade later, the food and service have never been better, and it remains my personal favorite place to eat classic New York style Italian food. I smile every time I set foot in the place. Congratulations to our partners and team members who make Rao’s at Caesars Palace feel like a neighborhood restaurant.”

To commemorate a decade of Southern Italian fare in Las Vegas, the restaurant has put together a special family-style menu offering, priced at $150 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a cocktail reception on the patio, along with live music, and a four-course menu featuring time-honored Rao’s staples and dishes from the all-new “Rao’s Classics” by Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Frank Pellegrino Sr. which hit shelves Nov. 1.

Highlights include Senior’s artichokes (globe artichokes stuffed with a mixture of toasted bread crumbs, pecorino Romano cheese and garlic); roasted pepper bruschetta (ciabatta crostinis topped with buffalo mozzarella and Rao’s roasted peppers with golden raisins and pine nuts); linguine carbonara (al dente linguine pasta tossed in a rich and creamy sauce with pancetta, pecorino Romano cheese, cracked black pepper and topped with an egg yolk); Rao’s traditional meatballs (Rao’s classic meatballs with veal, beef, and pork topped with house made marinara sauce); braised short ribs (beef short ribs braised in marsala wine); and much more.

The original Rao’s in New York City opened in 1896 and is one of the oldest family owned restaurants in the city, and at 10 tables, is one of the hardest places to get into. The Las Vegas version not only features a replica of the 10-table landmark but an open-air patio, center bar, private dining and event space, complete with its infamous bright red awning and Christmas decorations – wreaths, garland, big red velvet bows.

Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling (702) 731-7778 or by emailing restaurantgroupsales@caesars.com. For more information about Rao’s Caesars Palace, visit www.caesars.com.

About Rao’s
Rao’s first opened its doors as a local saloon and 10-table restaurant in East Harlem, New York, in 1896. Its customers were city’s residents who came by after work to spend time with friends and family while sharing great food and drink. After receiving three stars by then New York Times dining critic Mimi Sheridan, the restaurant enjoyed increased popularity and is now widely thought to be the toughest reservation to land in the United States. In 2006, the ability to eat at Rao’s increased as it opened its second outpost at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and made an immediate impact on that city’s rising culinary scene and is now recognized as one of the city’s top dining destinations, and in 2013, opened its third location in Hollywood, California. Rao’s has been received praise by dozens of prominent media outlets including Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, SAVEUR, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times; and featured on programs such as Good Morning America, TODAY Show, The Talk, The DISH, Fox & Friends, Top Chef All-Stars and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. In addition to its award-winning restaurants, Rao’s also features a line of gourmet food items available in retail stores throughout the U.S. and at www.raos.com; and has four critically acclaimed cookbooks titled Recipes from the Neighborhood, Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking, Rao’s on the Grill and Rao’s Classics. Learn more about Rao’s Caesars Palace at www.raosvegas.com, on Facebook and follow along on Twitter @RaosRestaurants.

About Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas resort and casino and voted “Best Strip Hotel” in 2016 by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Caesars Palace features 3,980 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the all-new Julius Tower, the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, the 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, as well as celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker Las Vegas and MR CHOW. The resort also features nearly 130,000 square feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis, the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa, COLOR Salon by celebrity hairstylist Michael Boychuck, five wedding chapels and gardens, and the new 75,000-square-foot OMNIA Nightclub with the top DJs such as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Steve Angello. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. For more information, please visit caesarspalace.com.

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Rao's Caesars Palace to Commemorate 10 Year Anniversary with an Evening of Classics on Jan. 12
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Rao's Caesars Palace will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special restaurant affair featuring "Rao's Classics" on Thursday, Jan. 12.
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