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Typically there are no reservations at Roa’s, just table assignments, which were designated decades ago by Pellegrino Sr. and his aunt Anna Pellegrino, who owned the place with her husband. Tables and seats were designated to the Pellegrino’s close friends and family back in 1897. These people technically “own” the tables. When any of the 85 original “owners” die, their families will often inherit the table.
On the appointed Roa’s night, diners arrive when they like, and the table is theirs for the duration. If the spot owners can’t come, they either give it to family or friends, sell it as a donation for a favorite charity, or, rarely, turn it back to the house. This means that if you want to get in you have to know someone who knows someone who knows someone else.
Some customers at Rao’s NYC come weekly, others come monthly, quarterly, annually, or only at Christmas. Roa’s Restaurant family has hosted the most popular, influential, and powerful people from around the world. People like Bill Gates, Leonardo Dicaprio, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Larry Elison, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Barrack Obama, Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Jimmy Fallon, Drake, P Diddy, Joe Rogan and a lot more.
Tradition and ritual are the heart and soul of Italian Cuisine. Since 1896 the Rao’s family has believed in sharing those traditions. We invite you to take part in sharing — with us and with each other — the Rao’s family way of feasting. If you follow along with our menu, you will experience rituals Vincent Rao and Anne Pellegrino have passed to our generation. With the help of your server, enjoy the most important ingredients in your dining experience: Food, Friends, and Family. We promise that you will not only leave full but fulfilled.
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