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The Rao’s pop-up in Atlanta

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Legendary Italian eatery Rao’s relocated to Atlanta for the Tremendous Bowl to serve up three nights of pop-up dinners by govt chef Dino Gatto earlier than the large recreation.

The intimate eatery was meticulously recreated — from its iconic purple exterior, plus an adjoining East Harlem road scene on a video wall, to photographs of its well-known diners lining the partitions contained in the clubby house constructed for the event. VIPs seen supping on Thursday included Giants nice and present “Kinky Boots” star Tiki Barber, former Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira and NFL legend Bernie Kosar.

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The pop-up idea was hatched by Wheels Up founder Kenny Dichter, who first pitched Rao’s chief Frank Pellegrino Jr. final yr on a pop-up for his jet firm’s members at golf’s Masters event. “He made me a proposal I couldn’t refuse,” joked Pellegrino of the thought. The collaboration was so profitable, they’ve recreated it in Atlanta, and Dichter solely revealed to Web page Six that there are already plans for a “Rao’s by the seashore” subsequent yr when the Tremendous Bowl hits Miami.

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The person of the evening, chef Gatto, was toasted as, “the Invoice Belichick of meatballs” by Dichter and his co-founder Gary Spitalnick — because the eatery’s most iconic menu gadgets have been served.

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