On Aug. 24, 2014 Examiner.com was on the scene at Atlantic City for the grand opening of New Martorano’s Restaurant at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. It turned out to be one of the best parties Atlantic City has ever seen. Restaurateur and Philadelphia native Steve Martorano, known as the Godfather of Italian-American cooking, proudly greeted hundreds of guests after being paraded in to the venue with the beats of the beloved Philly Mummers.
With joyful tears in his eyes, the man of the hour thanked the crowd and recalled a time when he was inspired to become a self-made chef when life was tough and he could not afford to buy his child ice cream. “I have never forgotten where I have come from,” stated Martorano. “If anybody ever wants you to give up you can go tell them to go f** themselves because no one is going to do it, but you. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. You will never understand how much this means to me. I love South Philly, New Jersey, New York City and Staten Island. All I want to do is make you proud of this brand. Dreams do come true.”
The fantastic menu of the night included the restaurant’s infamous meatballs served with a side of ricotta cheese and a salad along with fried calamari, chicken cutlet parmigiana, macaroni with peas and onions, Chilean sea bass and broccoli rabe. Every bite was phenomenal and lived up to the reputation that this down-home, red-sauce Italian restaurant is known for across America. And, the interior design is as much of a knockout as the tasty food. With 300 seats placed in sleek black and white marble, there is no denying that this is hot place to be.
Guests in attendance at the elaborate grand opening included Jeff Timmons, Sean Lowe, Danny Masterson, Angelina Pivarnick, Nicole Gaffney and Fat Joe. “I love the food and am really happy they have opened up a restaurant in Atlantic City,” said Jeff Timmons. “I legitimately eat it all the time at the other locations. The meatball salad is ridiculously good.” Everyone cheered the chef including his famous friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ludacris who left congratulatory video messages played to the crowd during dinner service in between gangster films on surrounding screens.
At the end of the meal performances by Bobby Rydell who song “Volare” and The Sugar Hill Gang had guests dancing off their meatballs. By the time “Rappers Delight” was sang the entire party was on their feet living it up under the glowing disco lights. “I am so excited about the food and this event,” said Sean Lowe. “Atlantic City is a fantastic place to be on a night like this.” A passion for food and a love for family started this phenomenal party, and it will continue to keep the flames roaring hot in Atlantic City.