Restaurateur Martorano on Jimmy Kimmel: A Meatball Making Meatballs
During the segment, Martorano talked about how he got his start in the dining industry by selling sandwiches out of his Philadelphia apartment -- without a restaurant license. When the authorities busted him, he moved his operation into his mom's basement. It doesn't take a major stretch of the imagination to picture the beefy Martorano tied up in illicit schemes (he keeps The Godfather 2 running on a loop in the restaurant, and there sure does seem to be a lot of deep-voiced Italians sucking down spaghetti there on any given day) -- but it is kinda funny to hear his description of how those early deals went down: "Guys would come up and say, 'Hey Steve, gimme a veal cutlet! Gimme a chicken parm!'"
Gotta hand it to Martorano. He's got a flair self-promotion. With big-shot entertainment publicists working the phones trying to get their Next Big Thing actor a slot on the show, Martorano somehow managed to get 10 minutes to show Kimmel how to fry a meatball.
Here's a little home video of Mr. Martorano pimping out famous people who've stopped in for dinner:
-- Deirda Funcheon