Italian-American culinary icon Steve Martorano will be everywhere in 2014, from the World Wide Web, to the Vegas strip, to your TV screen!
After a wildly successful first season that premiered in 2011, the South Philadelphia native and award-winning restaurateur will begin shooting season two of his culinary series, “Steve Martorano: The Italian American Cook” on November 9th. The eight-episode online show will premiere in January 2014 (see it on www.cafemartorano.com and on www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/yocuz ) and be released on DVD in March 2014. In addition, Martorano just signed with 3 Arts Entertainment Company and will collaborate with actor/producer (and a regular at Martorano’s restaurants) Mario Lopez to create a docu-soap based on his rags to riches story.
Filmed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida (home to the restaurant Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen), “The Italian-American Cook” web series features Martorano preparing the classic South Philly Italian-American dishes that were part of his childhood and inspired him to build his culinary empire. Steve now owns three restaurants (with a fourth on the way!), published a cookbook/autobiography, and has a retail line of pasta sauces and his signature “Yo Cuz!” apparel. Viewers will also be treated to a narrative about the significance and history of the recipes’ ingredients while Martorano demonstrates proper kitchen preparation and cooking techniques. And of course, expect surprise celebrity guests that could range from actors to rappers to athletes – all frequent clientele of Martorano’s restaurants in Florida and Las Vegas.
In other exciting news, Martorano also just announced plans to open his second Las Vegas restaurant (and first on the strip!) at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Martorano is a television regular, as he frequently appears on national programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and will film an Italian-American Thanksgiving segment on Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda on November 14th.
“Steve Martorano: The Italian-American Cook” was produced by Café Martorano Inc. Ken Aguado is the show’s executive producer, writer and director.