Restaurateur Martorano on Jimmy Kimmel: A Meatball Making Meatballs

In today's bit of quasi-celebrity local news,  restaurateur Steve Martorano appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night.

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During the segment, Martorano talked about how he got his start in the dining industry by selling sandwiches out of his Philadelphia apartment -- without a restaurant license.  When the authorities busted him, he moved his operation into his mom's basement. It doesn't take a major stretch of the imagination to picture the beefy Martorano tied up in illicit schemes (he keeps The Godfather 2 running on a loop in the restaurant, and there sure does seem to be a lot of deep-voiced Italians sucking down spaghetti there on any given day) -- but it is kinda funny to hear his description of how those early deals went down:  "Guys would come up and say, 'Hey Steve, gimme a veal cutlet!  Gimme a chicken parm!'"

Gotta hand it to Martorano. He's got a flair self-promotion.  With big-shot entertainment publicists working the phones trying to get their Next Big Thing actor a slot on the show, Martorano somehow managed to get 10 minutes to show Kimmel how to fry a meatball.

Here's a little home video of Mr. Martorano pimping out famous people who've stopped in for dinner:

-- Deirda Funcheon

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