Recipe by Sarah Phillips
Food styling and photo by Sarah Phillips © Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
I do not know if you have ever heard of Rao's Restaurant? The original one is located in East Harlem, New York City! It's impossible to get into, unless you know someone or are a member of their family, or are invited by someone. I fit into none of the categories. But, when I was a food broker, and they were just starting out selling their pasta sauces to gourmet food stores in New York City, I was one of their first food brokers.
Well, I sold more than any other broker to food stores in one year in the New York / New Jersey Metro area! So, Ron and Frankie (Frank Pellegrino), as he called himself, asked me what I wanted as a present - did I want a few cases of free sauce or a gift certificate or what?
I said that I wanted to eat at their Rao's Restaurant as My gift! So, they looked at each other, and then turned to me and said I could bring my husband, during the week, to their restaurant!
(Both of them were very intimidating looking - huge Italian men who looked like noone should not mess with them! HA! And, they stood around in suits and looked just like they did in their photo, always leaning against the wall in the far corner of the room!)
This recipe is adapted from Rao’'s Restaurant, NYC.