100 Favorite Dishes: No. 9 -- Bucatini Carbonara From Cafe Martorano and Martorano's Italian American Kitchen

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.


No. 9: Bucatini Carbonara From Cafe Martorano and Martorano's Italian American Kitchen

Steve Martorano is as divisive a culinary figure as we have in South Florida. He's brash and bold, unquestionably showy, and his food is ostentatiously pricey,

even by SoFla standards. But you don't survive 18 years down here without some serious cooking chops to back all that guido gumption up. Unquestionably, Martorano's two South Florida locations have chops for days. There plenty of reasons why you should -- at least once -- give a big hug goodbye to your wallet and take the plunge to eat at a Martorano's. For starters, the ingredients are of the best quality, and Steve and his chefs use them the way a doting Italian-American mother might (only this mother is covered in tribal tattoos and has 20-inch biceps). Also, the scene is completely crazy, and you're likely to catch a celebrity or three engaging in embarrassing "face full of meatballs and ricotta" moments. But mostly, you go for the flawlessly al dente pasta, the warming comfort food, and the way Martorano sauces everything like a courtesan working a pole. The bucatini carbonara is of that mold -- toothsome strands of hollow pasta larded with pancetta and shallot, cavorting in a drape of thick cream and set off by a single runny egg yolk. It's a dish as lavish as it is rich, which is why you should eat it sparingly and with friends. The family-size portion will allow for that; the price will too. But for pasta perfection, there's no other hands you'd rather be in than Steve's. 


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Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 10: Tuna Ceviche With Tomatillo Broth From Cabo Flats
No. 11: "Guido" Ribeye From Vivo Partenza
No. 12: House-Smoked Pork Belly Sliders From 32 East
No. 13: Tomato Bisque en Croute From Jimmy's Bistro
No. 14: Keste Pizza From Scuola Vecchia
No. 15: Antipasti Plate From Caruso Ristorante
No. 16: Short Rib-Stuffed Burger From Bizaare Ave Cafe
No. 17: Pan-Roasted Clams With White Beans From Himmarshee Bar and Grille
No. 18: Whole Wheat Tagliatelle with Shrimp and Asparagus From Vic & Angelo's
No. 19: Hearts of Palm Cake From Darbster
No. 20: Bouillabaisse From Café de France
No. 21: The Stove Burger From the Rolling Stove
No. 22: Cold Appetizer Plate From Sefa Mediterranean Grill
No. 23: Eight-Hour Roasted Pork Buns From Dim Ssäm à GoGo
No. 24: Chicken Tikka Masala From Indus
No. 25: Conch Salad From Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch & More
No. 26: Chicken Rosario's From Rosario's Ristorante
No. 27: Yucca Chips with Yogurt Dip From Triple 8 Lounge at the Falcon House
No. 28: Tiramisu From Arturo's Ristorante
No. 29: Islamorada Conch Chowder From Rustic Inn
No. 30: Frisee Salad With Egg From The Office
No. 31: St. Louis-Cut Ribs From East Coast BBQ
No. 32: Vitello Tonnato From Apicius
No. 34: Fried Calamari With Moroccan Aioli From Sundy House
No. 35: Nakjikuksu From Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ
No. 36: Bone-In Filet from Morton's
No. 37: G.O.A.T. Cookies from Sugar Rush
No. 38: Crab-Avocado Strato From Cielo
No. 39: Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Spring Roll "Bun" From Saigon Cuisine 
No. 40: Chivito from Cilantro's
No. 41: Tamari Scallop from SAIA
No. 42: Escargots from Aruba Beach Cafe
No. 43: Gelato Cup from Sonny's Gelato Cafe
No. 44: Tuna Tartar from Canyon Southwestern Cafe
No. 45: Banana Praline French Toast from the Hurricane Cafe
No. 46: Paneer Makhani from The Palace 
No. 47: Bruschetta Pizza from Pizza Fusion
No. 48: Falafel Sandwich from Falafel Bistro
No. 49: Philly Cheese Steak from Philly Steak Sub Shop
No. 50: Bizcoche de Maiz from Maracas
No. 51: Rotisserie Chicken from Publix
No. 52: Encebollado de Pescado from Cafe Paraiso
No. 53: Fish Tacos from Kahuna Bar & Grill
No. 54: Lobster Corn Dogs from Rok:Brgr
No. 55: Gazpacho from John G's on the Beach
No. 56: Black & Blue Oysters from Shuck-N-Dive
No. 57: Latin Macho Burger from Latin Burger
No. 58: Dover Sole from French Corner Bistro & Rotisserie
No. 59: Cider Doughnuts from Chef John Carlino
No. 60: Breakfast in a Pot from Tom Sawyer Restaurant and Pastry Shop
No. 61: Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food

No. 62: Pastrami Sandwich from Primanti Bros.
No. 63: "Monster" Hoagie from LaSpada's Original Hoagies
No. 64: Truffled Chips from YOLO
No. 65: Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse
No. 66: Fish Sandwich from Lazy Loggerhead Cafe
No. 67: Fresh Tomato Pizza from Pizza Time
No. 68: Seafood Salad Sandwich from Le Tub
No. 69: Wings from Lefty's Tavern
No. 70: Sake Flight from Wild East Asian Bistro
No. 71: Croque Monsieur From Croissan'Time
No. 72: Mushroom in Tin Foil at Marumi Sushi
No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V
No. 74: Cherry Crunch Donut from Dandee Donut Factory
No. 75: Brussel Sprouts from Cafe La Buca
No. 76: Linguine Vongole from Il Bellagio 
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie from Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon

No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub

No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger


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