Rao's in Hollywood: Spaghetti Western

Linguini marinara at Rao's.; Credit: Anne FishbeinLinguini marinara at Rao's.; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Walking into Rao's, the new Hollywood iteration of the legendary 117-year-old New York eatery, is like wading into a thick nostalgia soup. Ninety percent of the red-sauce restaurants in the country look like this, and while it may be true that those places were imitating the original Rao's, that doesn't stop this restaurant from feeling like a cliche.

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