On the corner of 114th Street & Pleasant Avenue in Harlem N.Y. is a tiny little Italian restaurant called Rao’s. They are only open Monday through Friday. They are only open for dinner. They only have 10 tables. They only seat those tables once a night. Because of this, reservations are taken a year in advance; this is one of New Yorks hardest restaurants to get into. Opened in 1896, they are also one of the oldest so the question is, how the heck are you going to partake of the deliciousness that is Rao’s?
Luckily, the answer is your local grocer. They now sell a variety of the sauces served in the restaurant in most grocery stores.
I am a boy who grew up on Prego sauce. I ate it well through my college years. After I started working and brought in more than…well, no money…I began to spread my wings. I have tried a ton of different marinara sauces over the years and none compare to Rao’s. For a 24oz jar you are going to pay anywhere from $6 – $9. Definitely at the high-end but far and away worth it.
It has none of the slight chemical taste that you get with most other prepared foods. It also has no preservatives. It tastes fresh like they just made it. It melts in your mouth and you won’t be able to get enough of it.
Here is an online store if you just can’t wait: