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Steve Martorano Is Planning a Fast Casual Restaurant Concept

Steve Martorano, Fort Lauderdale's favorite "cuz" and cook, is planning on expanding his ever-growing empire.

The chef, who owns two South Florida restaurants, Cafe Martorano and Martorano's Italian American Kitchen at the Seminole Hard Rock, along with restaurants in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, sent out an Instagram to alert his fans to his new project, saying,"The Martorano Restaurant Group Is Expanding with a New Concept of Fast Food Casual Using High Quality Products -- Comfort Italian American Food God Is Good."

See also: Is Cafe Martorano Closing?

For years, Martorano has been mulling over opening a restaurant in South Beach, even mentioning his idea of a "dream" restaurant that would be a casual meatball joint. Could this be the realization of those plans and dreams?

The burly cook who prefers muscle T's to a chef jacket in the kitchen, has recently released his second book, titled It Ain't Sauce, It's Gravy: Macaroni, Homestyle Cheesesteaks, the Best Meatballs in the World, and How Food Saved my Life, available on starting at $33.88.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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