Upscale Italian Fare Shines at Rao’s Miami Beach

The original restaurant has been a part of the New York City culinary scene for 127 years.

Sometimes you walk into a restaurant and feel right at home. Rao’s Miami Beach is that type of restaurant; one with a staff that always greets diners with a smile and invites them into the cozy and inviting dining room. Located at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Rao’s is not only a restaurant; it is an experience for those who walk through its doors looking for delicious and classic Italian dishes that are prepared to perfection and impress.

Rao’s Miami Beach does not only offer diners plush seats that capture the essence of the restaurant, but the gorgeous red décor and a bright and inviting bar, perfect for sitting down and enjoying a classic cocktail with someone special. It’s a place meant for celebrations as well as special gatherings with loved ones.

Rao’s also has a history full of unique classic recipes, representing the importance of homemade and passionate cooking, the type of cooking that can only be achieved by a chef who feels prideful about their craft.

The original Rao’s has been a part of the New York City culinary scene for 127 years as a 10-table restaurant that is known as one of the country’s oldest family-owned and operated dining establishments that is still at its original location. This proves that Rao’s menu is one that is filled with the love and family connections that matter, connections between loved ones who have proudly been passing down their delicious recipes and culinary creations to future generations.

This love is felt at Rao’s Miami Beach at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach, which makes it not surprising that tough reservation to get, so we recommend planning if you wish to enjoy the experience and food. It’s worth every moment as you enjoy the expansive dining room, filled with family memorabilia in the form of framed pictures, and a place that shines with laughter, fun, and chefs and mixologists who care about diners and their experience at the restaurant.

When visiting, I decided to try classics such as Chicken Parmigiana, with a delicious red sauce that truly feels homemade, as my main course. The mussels are a decadent selection for an appetizer, and the appetizer menu offers so many classic options that it’s hard to choose just one. We recommend picking two, such as their amazing meatballs and sharing.

As for cocktails, the spot’s special Dirty Martini, which is prepped and made filthy with Don Julio tequila, is a definite stand-out on the cocktail menu. The menu is impressive, with a selection of classic drinks with a twist that shows just how inventive the mixologists are and how they take the time to take a classic and make it their own. The restaurant, unsurprisingly, also offers a lengthy wine list, and we recommend that you mention your favorite type of wine and let them pick which one matches your meal.

In the end, Rao’s Miami Beach is a gem at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, giving diners a slice of classic Italian dishes made with love.

For more information and to make a reservation at Rao’s Miami Beach, visit https://www.raosonmiamibeach.com. And for more information on the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, visit https://www.loewshotels.com/miami-beach.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.