Yo, cuz! Steve Martorano is quite the piece of work—a big tattooed lug of a South Philly DJ-turned-restaurant guy who set up shop in a strip mall on a busy thoroughfare in 1993, and went on to become a Lauderdale icon. His café is loud, it’s festive, it’s glitzy black-and-mirrors, complete with disco ball, and the menu is tasty Italian-American soul food all the way (the meatballs especially have a deserved rep). Honestly, it’s turned into a bit of a mozzarella-cheesy shtick by now, and it’s not everyone’s cup of chianti, but the place remains a crowd pleaser and even something of a celebrity magnet (hey, there’s now a CM at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood as well as at the Rio in Las Vegas, so they’re obviously pushing the right buttons, goombah).
Fort Lauderdale› Restaurant
3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd. (btw. NE 33 Ave. and N. Ocean Blvd.), Fort Lauderdale, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily 5:45–11pm Phone 954/561-2554 Prices Main courses $18–$48 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Café Martorano Other Reservations recommended (via website).
Map3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale
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