Wikipedia: Rao's is a famous Italian restaurant founded in 1896. Rao's is located at 455 East 114th Street, Italian Harlem, New York City. The restaurant was started in 1896 by Charles Rao, who moved with his parents from Italy to the United States. He bought a small shop in Harlem, once a very large Italian community, and ran the restaurant until his death in 1909. Louis Rao took over the business. He was seen by many as a very suave man. He had his hair cut at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and wore many fancy suits. Current co-owner Frank Pellegrino describes those days as the days of big Cadillacs and usually convertibles. He was much more conservative in behavior and looks and refined the menu into a more simple Italian menu, with the help of Aunt Jake. After Vincent Rao's death in 1999, it was taken over by Frank Pellegrino, Anna Pellegrino Rao's nephew, and Ronald Straci, another close relative. Anna Pellegrino-Rao refined the menu even more with the help of Vincent and she is the source of the menu's identity today. It is a popular landmark in New York City because of its exclusivity and reputation in food. On December 6, 2006, Rao's opened a second restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two ten-table rooms duplicate the original Rao’s saloon. Additional seating is available on an outdoor patio. Rao's now sells products in gourmet markets and supermarkets. Products include pasta products and sauce as well as olive oil. Rao's was the basis for Raimondo's, a fictional restaurant featured as the site of a murder in the Law & Order episode Everybody Loves Raimondo's. The owner of the fictional restaurant was played by actor Ray Abruzzo, who later co-starred with Pellegrino on The Sopranos.