By Steve Martorano
Has cooking ever kept a lifestyles? It certainly rescued Steve Martorano from the streets of South Philadelphia, and a virtually sure lead to detention center … or worse. Raised on Gram’s meatballs and Mom’s macaroni, Martorano discovered at an early age that full-flavored nutrition made with loving palms was once the single meals worthy consuming. And, incidentally, that’s macaroni and gravy, no longer pasta and sauce, cuz. That’s simply how it is in Martorano’s world.
When it gave the impression of the one destiny for a child from the local was once to force a truck or sign up for the mob, it was once this ardour for foodstuff that encouraged Martorano to arrive for extra and begin his first “restaurant”—selling selfmade sandwiches he ready in his mother’s basement. those sandwiches, served up with an aspect of Steve’s character, grew to become out to be the recipe for fulfillment and began Martorano within the eating place business.
Eighteen years after establishing the highly well known Cafe Martorano in castle Lauderdale, Florida, Martorano now runs a complete of 4 profitable eating places in Florida and Las Vegas, and has outfitted a faithful and ever-growing clientele—including a bevy of celebrities—who are greater than prepared to attend hours for a desk. during this own, humorous, delectable cookbook, the self-proclaimed “heavyweight champ of Italian-American cooking” deals us quite a lot of the dishes that experience made his eating places so renowned. one of the book’s seventy-eight recipes, you’ll locate tried-and-true favorites like Martorano Meatballs, clean Mozzarella, crammed scorching Peppers, and Fried Galamad crimson (known as calamari outdoor Philly), in addition to more moderen fare like Grilled Octopus, Rice Balls, and Sunday beef Gravy with Rigatoni (featuring braised pigs’ feet). And don’t worry—Martorano doesn't bypass the cocktails or dessert! count on to bask in Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Zabaglione, Cannoli Cream, Tuscan Lemonade, and Sicilian Mules. Steve Martorano’s It Ain’t Sauce, It’s Gravy can provide the entire staples of scrumptious neighborhood-style convenience nutrition, served up within the author’s exceptional, deliciously fun-loving style.