Thursday, June 11, 2009

Italian American Cuisine--- Eating At Cafe Martorano In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

As some of you may have noticed, I've been off the blog a few days due to a work obligation and what I like to call work-a-tion, which led me to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Let me tell me you what a beautiful time I had in Florida, sun in the mornings and by one, two o'clock-- rain, got to love the beginning of hurricane season.

While exploring the night-dinner scene, I was led to Cafe Martorano by a family friend, who lives in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I've actually heard of Cafe Martorano before but never dined there. For those of you who don't know about Cafe Martorano, its run by Steve Martorano, an Italian American, originally from Philly. The restaurant is also very frequented by major celebrities. Steve's bio is pretty interesting from beginning to end where he began selling sandwiches from his apartment to DJing at the most popular clubs during the 70s. He now owns two very famous restaurants locations in Ft. Lauderdale and now Las Vegas. A true entrepreneur's story.

The restaurant itself was full of atmosphere and customers excited to dine. I kind of felt like I was in Jersey. (Don't laugh there is something very comforting for we Jersey peeps.) I ordered the chicken cutlet with arugula, which was very good. Now, I don't like tons of goop and pomp & circumstance with or on my food and I will say this was very light and exactly what I expected. I should preface this part by also letting you know as we waited for our main course, someone, not the waiter, brought out a dish, which we did not order and told me, "this is from Steve." OK, so at this point, I thought "wow, how nice."

Our dinner was great, as I mentioned I was at the restaurant with family friends and it really turned out to be a pleasant experience. So, at the end of the dinner, I saw the owner, Steve Martorano standing behind the cooking counter, working and staying on top of things, I walked over and said, "thank you" for the extras and shook his hand. A super nice guy with a fabulous and trendy restaurant.

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