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 online reservations, closed the restaurant for a much-needed summer break, and spun tunes when the mood struck.
The restaurant has reopened from its annual three-week summer hiatus and, while some things never change, like Martorano serving as DJ and making his own style of down-home Italian cuisine (would you even want to screw with that?), the muscular cook has moved into the 21st century with two significant changes.
First and foremost, Cafe Martorano is accepting reservations via OpenTable, which means that hungry diners can book a table online and know exactly when they can chow down on one of Martorano's meatballs.
And, speaking of meatballs, diners can see the meatballs, eggplant stacks, and pastas before they even order on their digital menus. The restaurant has completely replaced all paper menus with electronic tablets. Every diner will receive a digital tablet that displays each menu item complete with pictures and wine recommendations to match.
Of course, human servers will help answer questions and take the orders -- and Martorano will still play his favorite tunes. Some things should stay as they are.
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