Mere mortals can’t get into Rao’s Italian restaurant in New York City. The closest most of us will get to the experience is to buy a jar of their famous marinara sauce. It’s excellent, but pricey.

About ten dollars a jar isn’t unusual; Atomica has seen it as high as $12. Most agree that it’s worth it. Sometimes you can find it on sale. (Use a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon, for 20% off.)

It’s simple, pure, not sweet , not too thick, and seasoned just right, says Jesdamala.

Rao’s Cookbook has the recipe.

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