Steve Martorano

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Is Cafe Martorano Closing?

    Steve Martorano is unarguably Broward County's most colorful restaurateur. For over two decades, Cafe Martorano has been turning out Philadelphia-style Italian comfort food with a side of entertainment. No matter the time of day or night, the restaurant, located on East Oakland Park Boulevard, is p ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Steve Martorano's Web Cooking Series Returns: Make His Eggplant Stack (Recipe)

    Fort Lauderdale's most colorful cook is back and better than ever with season two of his web cooking series. We're talking, of course, about Steve Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen. The cooking show, filmed at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, shows us how to make his favorite class ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    Steve Martorano Offers Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve, Shares Mussels Marinara Recipe

    Christmas Eve is celebrated in many different ways. Some people prefer to celebrate with cocktails by the fire with friends, some enjoy hot cocoa and caroling, and some feast on countless treasures of the sea. The feast of the seven fishes is an Italian tradition that celebrates the birth of the ba ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013
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    October 18, 2013

    Steve Martorano, Mario Lopez to Collaborate on Docu-Soap

    Remember the short-lived Kris Jenner Show? Whatever your personal review, one good thing came about as a result of the Kardashian matriarch's stint as a talk show host -- a bromance between Mario Lopez and Steve Martorano. Lopez and Martorano hit it off during filming, with Lopez paying a visit to ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013
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    October 3, 2013

    Martorano's Reopens For Fall Season With Digital Tablet Menus, OpenTable Reservations

    For years, Steve Martorano did what he wanted to at Cafe Martorano. The restaurateur/cook served food his way without substitutions (which is clearly noted on the menu), didn't take reservations, closed the restaurant for a much-needed summer break, and spun tunes when the mood struck. The restaura ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen at the Paris Las Vegas: DJ Booth Included

    Steve Martorano is expanding his restaurant empire in Las Vegas. The celebrity cook already has one successful restaurant in Sin City at the Rio, but this is the entrepreneur's first foray directly on the strip. When we first learned of the new Martorano's at the Paris Hotel, there was little infor ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Real Housewives of Miami Dine at Martorano's

    They may be the Real Housewives of Miami, but when the Bravo reality television stars want to party, they head for Hollywood, baby! See also: Jersey Shore Meatball Snooki Loves Martorano's Meatballs

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    August 12, 2013

    Mario Lopez and Steve Martorano's Bromance

    Looks like Mario Lopez and Steve Martorano have themselves a little "bromance" going on. The X Factor host who will always be known as A.C. Slater to us, started up a friendship while taping the Kris Jenner Show last month. Of course, when Lopez found himself hungry and in Fort Lauderdale this pas ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Mario Lopez Deep Throats Steve Martorano's Sandwich on Kris Jenner Show (Video)

    Yesterday, everyone's favorite mom and Florida's favorite cook met to make a little chicken cutlet -- and the results were kinda amazing. Steve Martorano, the owner of Cafe Martorano and Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen, went on the Kris Jenner Show to demonstrate how to make a chicken cutlet s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Steve Martorano Guest Stars on Kris Jenner's New Talk Show Today

    Courtesy Steve MartoranoSteve Martorano cooks for Kris Jenner.Looks like Steve Martorano's making the talk show circuit. First, the muscular restaurateur and cook appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, making mozzarella for, and kibbutzing, with the late night host. Read Also: - Steve Martorano Planning S ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Steve Martorano Planning Second Vegas Location, Another in Atlantic City

    Only a day after showing Jimmy Kimmel how to pull his fresh, warm, creamy mozzarella Steve Martorano has announced he's planning a second Las Vegas restaurant in the Paris Hotel slated for spring 2014. The 200-seat restaurant will offer a large bar and patio, with a clubby design similar to Martora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Steve Martorano Makes Mozzarella on Jimmy Kimmel Live (VIDEO)

    If comedy and talk show etiquette legend is true, the host of a show will save the best for last in the assumption that viewers will hang around through the dancing poodle act and the singing three year-old to watch Beyonce. Or something like that. Read Also: Steve Martorano Wants More Great Italia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Nanci Alexander of Sublime Would Vote Foie Gras Off the Island

    Quick! Name all the restaurants you can that donate all their profits to non-profit organizations? Sublime does just that. Sublime's owner, Nanci Alexander, is number five on our Tastemaker countdown. She founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF). The creation of Sublime is an ext ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Steve Martorano Wants More Great Italian-American Places

    A little over 20 years ago, Steve Martorano -- number seven on our Tastemaker countdown -- was on his way back up north. His dreams of opening a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale didn't work out and the cook (he doesn't like the word chef) was at the airport, waiting for a flight to Philadelphia. Then, ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Mo'Nique Dances the Night Away at Cafe Martorano

    Academy Award winner Mo'Nique is quite the energizer bunny. After finishing two back-to-back shows at the Fort Lauderdale Improv last weekend, most people would just want to curl up in their hotel room and send for a burger. But the star of Precious, The Parkers, and The Mo'Nique Show has her sights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Cafe Martorano Now Offers Blackjack Inside the Restaurant

    Maybe you're thinking that Steve Martorano was afraid his meatballs weren't enough to pull the hungry gamblers from the blackjack tables. This is a ridiculous thing to think because (a) his meatballs are delicious and (b) Cuz ain't afraid of nothin'. Cafe Martorano is offering blackjack inside the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Michael Phelps, DJ Steve Aoki, and Shaq Dine at Cafe Martorano

    What do an Olympic athlete, a basketball legend, and a star DJ have in common? If you said meatballs, you win! Actually, it's not just any meatball. It's Steve Martorano's meatballs that have been attracting celebrities from the sports and music world this week.Earlier this week, Clean Plate Char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Steve Martorano and Paula Deen:Tutti Mangiare, Y'all

    It's absolutely no secret that my favorite Food Network celebrity is Paula Deen. Warm, funny, and homey -- I could look into her dancing blue eyes forever as she teaches me how to incorporate butter into almost everything under the sun. I love Deen's sincerity and infectious laugh.  I also have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Dear President Obama: You're in Hollywood Sunday; Let's Do Lunch

    Dear President Obama:With less than a week to go before the presidential election, I am so pleased that you've chosen Hollywood to be the location for one of your last public rallies before the big day.I love that you've picked one of our local high schools for the venue and I'm hoping you run with ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Cafe Martorano Reopens With Full-Liquor License

    Nearly 20 years ago, Steve Martorano was on his way to the airport. After moving to Coral Springs to start fresh in Florida, he decided the palm trees and early bedtimes of Coral Springs just weren't for him. The plane taking him back to Philadelphia was already on the tarmac when he called a restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Meet Chef Steve Martorano Saturday in Fort Lauderdale

    What's better than a plate of huge, tender meatballs? A side of hunky muscle?Here's your chance to meet the Steve Martorano, the man behind Fort Lauderdale's celebrity-frequented eatery, Cafe Martorano in Oakland Park. He also runs a Martorano's in Las Vegas and another here at the Seminole Hard Roc ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    South Florida Dining Events This Weekend: Hang With Steve Martorano and More

    It's the calm before the storm of season; a relatively quiet weekend in the South Florida dining scene. But if your appetite for entertainment won't be satiated by sitting home and watching the 2012 Olympics (Still with that?) there are a few reasons to head out the door. After the jump, find a list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    89. Meatballs from Cafe Martorano

    We're counting down to New Times' Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2012 issue in June by serving up our top 100 favorite dishes. Click here for a full archive. If you have any nominations of your own, please add them to the comments or visit our Facebook page.​89. Meatballs ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Martorano's Masters Meatball Eating Championship: One Meaty Challenge

    Yo! Steve Martorano is hosting a meatball eating competition.​If you've always wanted to see grown men and women scarf down copious amounts of meat for a cash prize,  then the Martorano's Masters Meatball Eating championship at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is your opportunity to ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Steve Martorano's Meatball Secrets (Video)

    Laine DossYo! Steve Martorano and his chef, Big Country, make meatballs​Yo! Listen up! Cousin Steve Martorano's got something important to teach you - how to make the best meatball ever!In this video, taken at the Seminole Hard Rock Wine and Food Festival, Steve shares his secrets for making the b ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Seminole Hard Rock Wine and Food Festival In Pictures

    All photos by Laine DossAs the sun peeked through the clouds, thousands enjoyed food and wine at the first Hard Rock Wine and Food Festival​Thousands of people flocked to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's inaugural Wine and Food Festival yesterday. As the sun broke free from late morning c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Seminole Hard Rock Wine and Food Festival Features More Than 300 Wines

    Yo! Steve Martorano's gonna make you a meatball at the Seminole Hard Rock this weekend!​This Sunday, we all gain an hour of sleep when daylight-saving time ends and we set our clocks back one hour. Which means, technically, we can start drinking at the Seminole Hard Rock Wine and Food Festival ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Yo Cuz! Steve Martorano on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Steve Martorano makes Philly cheese steak and wins our heart.​I have a new food-related crush. It could be because he reminds me of my first boyfriend, Eddy Marsala (that's his real name, I swear), who worked in the pizzeria close to the 7 Train in Queens. It could be because he talks like everyon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Martorano Launches Video Cooking Series

    ​Cook, restaurateur, cookbook author, businessman, buddy to the stars. . . now Steve Martorano has one more title to add to his resume: cooking teacher.  In a series of nine videos entitled Yo Cuz: The Italian-American Cook, Martorano mixes a bit of Oprah-esque self-esteem building with his p ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    'Yo Cuz!' Steve Martorano Stars in Web TV Cooking Show

    Steve Martorano cooks on new 'Yo Cuz' web show​Steve Martorano, the larger-than-life Italian restaurateur from South Philly, is starring on a computer near you. Starting July 20, nine webisodes of his cooking show, "Yo, Cuz: The Italian-American Cook" is on his web site, ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010
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    September 28, 2010

    Steve Martorano Sues Copycat Restaurant in Rhode Island for Stealing Theme

    Martorano, working the turntables at his Oakland Park location, has sued to protect the concept he created 30 years ago.​If you've been to Café Martorano, you know there's no restaurant like it. The white walls, the huge bar in the center, the booming music, the videos of old gangster movies -- n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Cafe Martorano Claims To Have a Copycat in Rhode Island

    C. Stiles​Tan and muscular Steve Martorano, owner of Cafe Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, is claiming someone stole his restaurant's idea. As The Juice reported yesterday, Martorano filed a lawsuit against Cafe Longo in Rhode Island for "unfairly copying Cafe Martorano's concept."That concept? White ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Doggie Bag: This Week in Charlie

    Steve Martorano makes fresh mozzarella in his new Hard Rock digs.​The new World of Beer in Coconut Creek has made quite a splash since opening. Check out our inside look into the place, and read about how its lack of a proper kitchen is making a big impact on Promenade businesses. Cheap lunch is j ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 29, 2010
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    July 27, 2010

    Order Up: Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen

    ​This week in Dish, we take a look at the maestro of meatballs that is Steve Martorano and his latest restaurant in Seminole Paradise at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This third incarnation of his restaurant is bigger and glitzier than the original Cafe Martorano on Oakland Park. But the party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Food Events on the Radar

    ​• The old phrase, "Take me out to the ball game" is going to have to be changed to "Take me out of the ball game" after Sunday's Marlins vs. Mets game. That's the Marlins are offering discounted "All You Can Eat Seats" for the throw down. This Club Level section of seats will offer fans complet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    First Temptation at the New Martorano's in Seminole Hard Rock

    You don't mind if Frank and Dean watch you eat, right?​"Hey, no photos taken inside the restaurant, okay?" we were told as we sat down in a cushiony white booth to dine at the new Martorano's in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It seems someone near the entrance must've ratted me out onc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Martorano's Kitchen to Make Seminole Hard Rock Debut

    ​Steve Martorano may have had humble beginnings running a one-man sandwich delivery business out of the basement of his mother's South Philly home, but there's nothing humble about his newest restaurant venture, set to debut later this month in the gaudy Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Joey Chestnut Chokes Down Victory at Martorano Meatball Championship

    Martorano: The man has balls.​It was a balls-to-balls battle, with Joey "Jaws" Chestnut squeezing out a victory over Pat "Deep Dish" Berletti at Sunday night's Masters Meatball Eating Championship in Las Vegas. The competitive-eating marathon was sanctioned by Major League Eating and hosted by Bro ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Making a Hard Guy Soft at Café Martorano

    Photos by C. StilesIt's crazy that I've eaten my way through Fort Lauderdale on dates for nearly a half decade and never tried Café Martorano. That is, until a few weeks ago. But hey -- it's not easy to sucker many guys into shelling out a few pretty pennies for a meal far away from the Atlantic Av ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 16, 2009
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    January 27, 2009

    Cafe Martorano Media Blitz

    Ft. Lauderdale's Cafe Martorano and its owner Steve Martorano exert the media-industry equivalent of gravitational pull. He and his restaurant attract attention. Da guy's a star yaknowwhadamean? He's got his landmark South Florida headquarters, a joint in Vegas, national tv spots cookin meatballs, G ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 22, 2009

    Big Cheese

    Say what you will about Café Martorano. It's all ours.

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    December 18, 2008

    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. 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 licens ... More >>

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    May 15, 2003
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    May 16, 2002

    Great Food, Major Attitude

    Hey you, famous person! You'll have to wait in line with the rest of us to get into Café Martorano

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