Please don't take the wife's boss there.
Dec.31 2010 should be a home run for most eating establishments, I found the service was excellent.
The wine list almost covered for the veal, which must of
been fished out out the Gold Coast dumpster. The music is waaay to loud before 10pm to justify a meeting with important people. Expect a tab of at least
$100 a person. It was a relief to walk into the casino for some piece and quiet.
Don't waste your time -.
We thought we were going into a great Italian bistro with good food, music, and a fun crowd. Wrong. The food is delicious if you like Chef Boyardee or Spaghettios. Otherwise, you're getting food that's not quite up to what you could buy at Sam's Club. And how about 35 minutes to get a salad when the place was more than half empty?
This is just an overpriced restaurant pretending to be something it isn't. Maybe the service was bad because the waitress couldn't hear us above the deafening noise of a movie that's supposed to add ambience. This joint is just sad.
I never write bad reviews - I prefer to pat good places on the back and leave the others well enough alone. After all, I run a restaurant myself, and I know cooks and wait staff have good days and bad, but this place really deserves the press it's getting here. I have never eaten in a "fine" dining establishment that had a worse atmosphere. Music so loud you can barely hear your server, never mind your party. Flashing lights, TV's everywhere & rather uncomfortable seating throughout. They say this is the way Italian food was meant to be eaten? If that was the case, Italians would have starved long ago.
As if the abysmal atmosphere wasn't bad enough, the wait staff served the men before the women and then disappeared altogether, waiting until everyone but me had finished their meal before asking if everything was okay. It wasn't. I just had the spaghetti, but they couldn't even get that right. First time I had to return a meal in 15 years of regularly eating out, the spaghetti was not just "al dente," it was sorely undercooked. Almost crisp.
As far as the prices, expect $125 a head for a moderate meal if you're not splurging by ordering drinks or appetizers, and don't expect a culinary delight by any stretch. I was eagerly anticipating trying this unique restaurant out, but now I'm glad it's unique because I'd be mortified if I ever had to endure another meal in a place like this. Hate to break it to you Martorano, but no food, Italian or otherwise, was meant to be eaten like this.
This Place May be a Joke... But You Won't Laugh at the Bill.. Cafe Martorano is part night club, part casual restaurant, and part upscale restaurant. I guess it comes as little surprise that this strange amalgamation fails to be good at much of anything. The first turn off was seeing a bottle of wine I usually buy at the local grocery store for $10 priced at almost $60. Look, I don?t mind paying more for wine at a restaurant ? I get it ? but getting ripped off is another matter. And that was one of the cheapest bottles on the wine list. To start out, I split a cheesesteak appetizer. Having lived in Philly, the Martorano?s cheesesteak is good but not great. And at $18, it doesn?t come cheap. The veal dish I had was more akin to something you?d find in a small mom & pop Italian joint than an expensive Las Vegas restaurant. It was unimaginative, greasy, and gargantuan in size. The service was friendly and attentive but that may have been due to the fact that the place was mostly empty during a holiday weekend. All in all, the food, while not horrible, simply fails to cut it in a town jammed with world class restaurants. For what you pay for a complete meal here, you?re simply better off elsewhere.
Worst Italian food in town! Please do not judge our city buy this junk!.
By far the worst ambiance you can take a date unless you want to get rid of her, so loud and obnoxious with overly snotty waitstaff and hostess! The food was unflavorful,overpriced and served by an uninterested staff with no focus! A $23 meatball is a stretch even for a chef however we stared with that monstrocity and the meal went down from there! The veal marsala I ordered I thought would be a nice classic It was served in chunks (not tenderized) and the sauce was burnt! It looked like cat food on a oversized plate of mush! My date orded a pasta dish of some sort that while not a true italian dish had no flavor whatsoever and overcooked pasta. What a nasty experiance and then to have to pay for it! I have no problem paying alot for a great meal but I felt ripped off at best! Only bright spot was the pinot noir however even that was marked up %300!
Be aware they will charge you for water and will jack up the prices for tourists! As a chef in this city I am sorry if you ate there and can assure you we have much better here for a reasonable price! Ask a local before dining there and unless you are impessed by price alone do not wast you're time!
Chippendales at the RIO, Las Vegas - I never miss it!. I love seeing Chippendales, The Show since it always makes me feel good. I see it every time I go to Vegas. The guys are so sweet and so easy on the eyes. Ladies you can't go to Las Vegas without seeing the Chippendales at the RIO!
Italian dishes and dancing the way cook Steve Martorano wants it to be at this restaurant cum nightclub.. Fans of this boisterous joint include Ludacris and Shaquille O'Neal and countless other celebrities, but even muscle-bound cook/owner/deejay extraordinaire Steve Martorano has a cult-like following from his days at his original Fort Lauderdale haunt, where he still splits time. It's the way Italian food is meant to be eaten-in a lively atmosphere with gangster films on the television and music spilling from the DJ booth. Diners even hop on the table and get down when their favorite tunes are played. Sample the Philly cheesecake or go all-in with the veal cutlet or lobster Francese.-
Do not even think about this!.
Try going with a party larger than 8 or 10. You have no choice but to dine from the pre-set $125 per head menu that have have predetermined for you. You'd think that if this was the preferred style of the restaurant for large groups, they'd choose the most impressive items from the menu to serve that group. That just wasn't the case, I'm not saying the food was a total disaster, probably at 2 out of 10 items were pretty good. But I agree with the idea of this place having a short view for their business, that is, get em in, charge them A TON and don't worry about return visits. For example, you would assume that Bottled Water would be included in a $125 per head meal, but we were surprised to find $77 of Voss Water charges on our check, AFTER they had just walked up to the table and continued to pour and pour without that indication that it wasn't included in the meal. Oh and if you want some coffee, again, very reasonable to expect it to be included, NOPE, they don't even offer regular coffee, just capuccino and espresso at $5 a piece for 6oz serving.
As for the atmosphere, I will say that they did spend a bit of money on their JBL sound and Martin light system, BUT it wasn't used properly by any stretch. A very poor excuse for a DJ trainwrecked overly loud music and movie bits together while the "dance club" lights remained on pre-programmed movements throughout the night.
12 of us received our check expecting our $125 per person plus drinks, instead we received a check that was for OVER $2400! The shocked looks were priceless, as we were all expecting something a bit expensive but this was WAY over the top and certainly not warranted.
For an experience that is supposed to be fun, part restaurant, part nightclub as the slogan goes, turns out it wasn't even part fun, let alone a restaurant or nightclub done on par with ANY of the city's average locations. And to be clear, this is not really a nightclub at all, just a really loud, below average restaurant.
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