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Cafe Martorano

Map & Directions 3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
  • Italian
  • Daily 5:30pm-11pm
  • Dinner
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available


New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Description

With its glittery M on the door, the DJ booth in the kitchen, the polished sheen of silver-and-white marble, and the walls of flat screens pulsing like blue strobes, Café Martorano looks as much strip club as supper club. Lines snake out the doors on weekends, and the wait for a table can be up to three hours. Owner/chef Steve Martorano is a gigantic, 240-pound fish in our little pond, attracting celebs like Ludacris, Shaq, and the cast of The Sopranos to chow down on his baseball-sized meatballs, grilled octopus, veal Sinatra loaded with fresh lobster meat, gourmet Philly cheese steaks, and a menu of high-profile South Philadelphia Italian-American classics. Everything's cooked to order with the best ingredients -- EVOO, San Marzano tomatoes -- so don't even think about asking for substitutions. As the line on the bottom of the menu warns: "Don't Break Balls!"

Member Reviews

  • dlebatard wrote a review for Cafe Martorano
    on 04/22/10

    My favorite place up in Ft. Lauderdale - it's out of the way, hard to find in a strip mall, but if you go there one day, there's a chance that both Madonna and Shaq might be there waiting in the parking lot because the food is so good. The owner said that everyone waits, there's no preferential treatment ... only for Frank Sinatra he says...

  • srosenberg1208 wrote a review for Cafe Martorano
    on 04/22/10

    Great place, and Steve's also opening one up at the Hard Rock Live.

  • JIMBO31 wrote a review for Cafe Martorano
    on 12/17/09


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  • Yo Cuz! You’ll want to order this monster of a sandwich that’ll have your belly filled to the max! Don’t expect to us to be running around just yet! We need time to digest.

  • Robin L. on 06/15/13

    Great spot to hang with my pals from NYC.

  • Order the eggplant stack! It is divine and scrumptious! Served family style for all to enjoy!

  • Sean R. on 06/18/11

    Ricotta meatballs, and grilled octopus....awesome!

  • SunSentinel on 08/31/10

    Food Editor John T. says, "Eating here feels like being invited into the home of a most hospitable family. This is much more than an Italian restaurant. It's uber Italian. I covered much of the menu a

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