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Steve Martorano

Restaurateur; Author of "Yo Cuz! My Life, My Food, My Way"

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From working class roots to award-winning restaurateur and author, Steve Martorano’s inspirational journey is one of dreams, hard work, determination, and drive. Growing up in South Philly, many would have thought Steve Martorano didn’t stand much of a chance for more than going into the family business. With his father making only $166 a week and his uncle in the mob, Steve knew one thing – he didn’t want either of those lives for himself. But what was he to do? School was never his strong suit, so he set out on his own journey to success, but not without a few failures along the way, which only made him stronger and more determined to show the world what he is made of.

After spinning records for a few years as a DJ in the '70s, Steve opened up his first delivery sandwich shop in his apartment… until his landlord warned him the police were coming to shut down the illegal operation. He then moved the business to his mother’s basement, where his one-man show became an increasingly popular business. His sandwiches became such a hit in South Philly that Martorano outgrew his space and opened a take out restaurant in a strip mall. Here Martorano made pizza, sandwiches, pasta dishes and homemade water ice. A few years later, the demand outgrew his location again, and Martorano moved to a freestanding, sit down restaurant.

In the early '90s, the US economy took a turn for the worst and Steve lost everything. He knew it was time for a change. In 1993, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale with merely $40 to his name and opened a new restaurant on Oakland Park Boulevard – Café Martorano. 19 years later, Café Martorano has become a worldwide sensation. The restaurant has expanded into three locations – the original one on Oakland Park Boulevard, one at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, and one at the Rio in Las Vegas. The Martorano brand has also launched a wine label, pasta sauces, a Yo Cuz! apparel line, and more.

Steve Martorano has raised the bar for the restaurant industry. The “Godfather of Italian-American cooking” has taken the craft of cooking to new levels through a dream, persistence, and hard work. With his self-taught talent, Steve has created a venue in which as owner he is the cook, the DJ and the operator. The Martorano restaurants offer a unique atmosphere that combines exceptional food with extraordinary music and movies. This rare environment has allowed Martorano to create an ambiance that attracts clientele ranging from locals to the sexy, hip crowd to some of entertainment’s hottest celebrities, and has even been featured on television shows such as "The Real Housewives of Miami" and "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?." This family-run business is the only restaurant that has managed to create a modern and cool atmosphere while maintaining that welcome-to-the-family vibe.

With the launch of Martorano’s new book "Yo Cuz! My Life, My Food, My Way" and new web series "Yo Cuz!: The Italian-American Cook" and appearances on programs like Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with plans to expand his restaurant brand further, Steve Martorano is continuing down the path of success. Now Martorano has a new goal – to inspire others and give back to communities across America along the way.

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It Ain't Sauce, It's Gravy: Macaroni, Homestyle Cheesesteaks, the Best Meatballs in the World, and How Food Saved My Life

It Ain't Sauce, It's Gravy: Macaroni, Homestyle Cheesesteaks, the Best Meatballs in the World, and How Food Saved My Life

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Steve Martorano

Restaurateur; Author of "Yo Cuz! My Life, My Food, My Way"

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Steve Martorano Biography

From working class roots to award-winning restaurateur and author, Steve Martorano’s inspirational journey is one of dreams, hard work, determination, and drive. Growing up in South Philly, many would have thought Steve Martorano didn’t stand much of a chance for more than going into the family business. With his father making only $166 a week and his uncle in the mob, Steve knew one thing – he didn’t want either of those lives for himself. But what was he to do? School was never his strong suit, so he set out on his own journey to success, but not without a few failures along the way, which only made him stronger and more determined to show the world what he is made of.

After spinning records for a few years as a DJ in the '70s, Steve opened up his first delivery sandwich shop in his apartment… until his landlord warned him the police were coming to shut down the illegal operation. He then moved the business to his mother’s basement, where his one-man show became an increasingly popular business. His sandwiches became such a hit in South Philly that Martorano outgrew his space and opened a take out restaurant in a strip mall. Here Martorano made pizza, sandwiches, pasta dishes and homemade water ice. A few years later, the demand outgrew his location again, and Martorano moved to a freestanding, sit down restaurant.

In the early '90s, the US economy took a turn for the worst and Steve lost everything. He knew it was time for a change. In 1993, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale with merely $40 to his name and opened a new restaurant on Oakland Park Boulevard – Café Martorano. 19 years later, Café Martorano has become a worldwide sensation. The restaurant has expanded into three locations – the original one on Oakland Park Boulevard, one at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, and one at the Rio in Las Vegas. The Martorano brand has also launched a wine label, pasta sauces, a Yo Cuz! apparel line, and more.

Steve Martorano has raised the bar for the restaurant industry. The “Godfather of Italian-American cooking” has taken the craft of cooking to new levels through a dream, persistence, and hard work. With his self-taught talent, Steve has created a venue in which as owner he is the cook, the DJ and the operator. The Martorano restaurants offer a unique atmosphere that combines exceptional food with extraordinary music and movies. This rare environment has allowed Martorano to create an ambiance that attracts clientele ranging from locals to the sexy, hip crowd to some of entertainment’s hottest celebrities, and has even been featured on television shows such as "The Real Housewives of Miami" and "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?." This family-run business is the only restaurant that has managed to create a modern and cool atmosphere while maintaining that welcome-to-the-family vibe.

With the launch of Martorano’s new book "Yo Cuz! My Life, My Food, My Way" and new web series "Yo Cuz!: The Italian-American Cook" and appearances on programs like Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with plans to expand his restaurant brand further, Steve Martorano is continuing down the path of success. Now Martorano has a new goal – to inspire others and give back to communities across America along the way.

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  • How to book Steve Martorano?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Steve Martorano for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Steve Martorano, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Steve Martorano or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Steve Martorano?

    Booking fees for Steve Martorano, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Steve Martorano, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Steve Martorano?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Steve Martorano for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Steve Martorano for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Steve Martorano or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Steve Martorano or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Steve Martorano is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Steve Martorano for your event is available upon request. Steve Martorano generally travels from Miami, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, Vivian Howard, Chef Maira Isabel, Ben Roche and Buddy Valastro. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Steve Martorano for an upcoming event.

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