That’s One Spicy Meataballa!

Before we left for Germany, we had our annual Holiday Party for Stephan’s photography studio. We decided on Cafe Martarano for some Italian fare. The food there is among the best I’ve had in South Florida, and I’ve eaten at some great restaurants. We’ve eaten there a handful of times, but only for special occasions, as its quite pricey. Cafe Martoranos is known for its loud music, punctuated by loud “whacking scenes” from whatever mob movie or Soproanos episode is playing. Its true Italian in that it is served family style.

We started with the famous meatballs. So good, that Gourmet Magazine has written about these meatballs. Next, we had the giant shrimp scampi, which are the size of small lobsters. Another fantastic choice. Our main courses were both chicken, and my absolutely favorite pasta dish… the white bean and kale with sausage. Amazing, simply amazing. By the time we got our main courses were were all completely full, so most of it came home in a doggy bag. We also forgot to keep taking photos, as we had 3 bottles of wine for 4 people. :p As for dessert… what can I say? We were being gluttons!

Hope everyone has a safe and very happy New Year! See you in 2008!




  • Barnaby 11 YEARS AGO

    Great blog! Enjoy your travels and keep the wonderful reviews/images coming.

  • Jacki 11 YEARS AGO

    Those meatballs look so good, I want to lick the page! I lived in Tampa for a short time, and I miss the great restaurants now that I’m back in Central Florida. Have you ever been to the Colombia at Ybor City? I always meant to go there!

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