Cafe Martorano has become one of Fort Lauderdale’s most iconic and beloved restaurants. But though its old-school menu of Italian classics such as chicken cacciatore and parpardelle with sausage are delicious, regulars flock to the restaurant for the people behind the food: Steve Martorano, the tattooed, larger-than-life owner; and his son Joey, who together worked the line, guest-DJ’ed, and generated warmth and excitement at the small storefront eatery that made a national name for itself.

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