Renowned Restauranteur & Author Frank Pellegrino Jr Shares His Haute Secrets of Las Vegas

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Legendary restauranteur and acclaimed author, Frank Pellegrino Jr. of The Rao Restaurant Group knows a good thing when he sees it. Having made his name starting the popular Southern Italian restaurant, Rao’s in Harlem, New York, the man who is affectionately known as, “Frankie,” to his regulars is a true tastemaker. In 2006, Pellegrino Jr. moved to Las Vegas to open Rao’s at Caesars Palace, which has racked up the awards from top food critics and universal praise from its patrons. We picked Pellegrino Jr.’s brain to get all his favorite places to hit in Sin City, from the best culinary and shopping spots, to the taking in the scenic beauty of the Nevada mountains.

Where were you born: New York, New York

How long in Las Vegas: 10 years

Favorite Part of Vegas: Red Rock

Occupation: Co-Owner of the original Rao’s in Harlem, Rao’s at Caesars Palace and Rao’s in Hollywood, and author of Rao’s on the Grill

Favorite Restaurant: Lotus of Siam

Best Sushi: Nobu

Best Italian: Rao’s Caesars Palace

Best dessert: Payard Patisserie & Bistro

Best place for a romantic date: Cheffini’s Hot Dogs

Best Sunday brunch: DW Bistro

Best place for a power business meeting: Marche Bacchus

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Frankie’s Bed and Breakfast

Best Casino: Caesars Palace

Favorite shopping venue/boutique:Neiman Marcus

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Tourneau

Best Spa: Qua Baths & Spa

Favorite Charity Event: Three Square Restaurant Week

Favorite Cultural Event: Life Cube Project

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Smith Center

Best Steakhouse: Craftsteak

Best Pizza: Secret Pizza

Best Lunch: Mesa Grill

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: FSY Studio

Best Massage: Chinatown Foot Reflexology

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Bell

Best Museum/Exhibit: The National Atomic Testing Museum

Describe your city in three words: vibrant, exciting, fun

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Valley of Fire

All-around favorite spot in Las Vegas: Mt. Charleston

Best Aspect of Las Vegas: Taking in an array of scenery. From all the action of The Strip to the beautiful, peace and quiet of the desert.

Rao’s Las Vegas at Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7267

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