I reported this over at NewsBreak, but here’s the official release.
Celebrity cook and South Philly native Steve Martorano is coming home to personally serve his world-famous meatballs for all of Philadelphia. Martorano’s Prime, an Italian-American Steakhouse, will open Thursday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at Rivers Casino Philadelphia in Fishtown.
Hours of operation for Martorano’s Prime are Thursday through Saturday, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Last seating will be at 9:45 p.m., and the bar will remain open until 12:30 a.m. The main restaurant seats approximately 200 guests, with an additional 24-seat private dining room. Reservations are suggested but not required.
Martorano’s Prime is the acclaimed cook’s first Philadelphia signature restaurant in over 30 years; it fuses the founder’s renowned Italian-American menu with high-end steakhouse staples. Elevated in Martorano’s signature style, Rivers Casino Philadelphia will be the second Martorano’s Prime location after the concept successfully debuted at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh in 2021. Martorano’s Prime in Pittsburgh was named “2022 Best New Restaurant” by Casino Player magazine.
Unique to Martorano’s Prime in Philly is an exclusive chef’s table, located just inside the kitchen in full view of all the culinary action. This up-close, personal and immersive experience will give guests an inside look at what makes Martorano’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
The chef’s table will feature a customized tasting menu, showcasing the restaurant’s signature dishes, seasonal ingredients and innovative techniques. The chef will personally present and explain each course, answer questions and provide insights into the culinary creativity, technique and artistry of the kitchen team as it prepares and plates dishes.
“I can’t wait for Philadelphia to taste home-cooked meals from my family recipes,” said Martorano. “From the second you walk in the door, you’ll know you’re getting old-school Italian cooking. It’ll be an experience you won’t forget, from beginning to end.”
Café Martorano in Ft. Lauderdale has been a South Florida mainstay for more than 30 years, where it remains a fine dining market-leader. Martorano’s Restaurant Group has previously operated successful locations in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Martorano has penned two autobiographical cookbooks: “Yo Cuz! My Life, My Food, My Way” and “It Ain’t Sauce, It’s Gravy.”
Gourmet magazine famously called Steve Martorano’s meatballs the best in the world. Martorano’s fame has earned him recurring appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” as well as cooking demonstrations on “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show.
The Martorano’s Prime Experience
Martorano takes pride in providing a restaurant experience that hits all the senses — while guests enjoy richly flavored dishes, the smell of authentic Italian-American cooking fills the air, old-school Hollywood movies are on screens throughout the restaurant and hip music plays in the background. It’s a vibe you will find only at Martorano’s.
Macaroni lovers will enjoy Martorano’s favorite and always popular linguine and clams, spaghetti carbonara, his famous meatball with Sunday gravy and Martorano salad, and spicy penne vodka. Traditional steakhouse fans will savor mouthwatering chops, which are first cut, while the steaks are always prime. Veal chop parmesan, filet Sinatra and lobster francaise are among the highlights.
Delicious desserts complete a great meal. Martorano’s wife and business partner, Marsha Daley-Martorano, serves up Lilly Cakes, a premium line of “All-American Desserts for All Occasions.” Red velvet, cookies and cream, triple chocolate, and brown-butter Heath bar cakes, along with banana cream pie, are just some of the restaurant’s classic desserts.
Stand-Alone Standouts: Sicilian Slice and Lilly Cakes
Since May 2023, guests have also enjoyed Martorano’s Sicilian Slice, located in the casino’s Marketplace, just steps from the main restaurant.
Fresh Sicilian-style pizza by the slice features mouthwatering San Marzano tomato sauce and premium homemade mozzarella cheese. The pizza is topped with Calabrian oregano and fresh basil, all drizzled with Frantoia extra-virgin olive oil. The slices include a sprinkle of pecorino Romano cheese, while generous toppings of Molinari pepperoni are also available.
In addition to Sicilian Slice, a Lilly Cakes grab-and-go dessert outlet is coming soon to the Marketplace.
“Martorano’s Prime, Sicilian Slice and Lilly Cakes take our restaurant offerings to the next level,” said Eric Althaus, general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “If you haven’t been to Rivers Casino lately, make your way to Fishtown — the pasta, pizza and pastries are fresh and hot.”
Online reservations can be made now at OpenTable.com.
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