A few weeks ago, we heard Guy Fieri might be planting his flag in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City speculated that it might be in the place of the old Reserve Steakhouse at Bally’s. They were right. The Press is reporting that it’ll be called Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, and it’ll be open in “early summer”.
Like Fieri’s other restaurants, this will be his twist on the American steakhouse. And while any rational person knows that this will mean giant gobs of deep-fried fat, slathered in donkey sauce and served in a commemorative bucket of garlic-blasted X-treme mashed potatoes, press materials claim that the menu will feature a Jersey-fied board with things like java-rubbed ribeye chops, a filet with roasted garlic and brown butter, spicy Bloody Mary jumbo shrimp cocktails, Jersey Shore clams casino, Jersey tomato salad and Cape May fried flounder. All served with Donkey Sauce. And sparklers.
But that’s not all. Come July 4, Fieri will have company down the Shore with the opening of Martorano’s from ex-Philly-guy-turned-quasi-celebrity-chef Steve Martorano.
A few weeks ago, we gave you a little insight into this upcoming Atlantic City Restaurant. And now we’ve got confirmation that the South Philly gravy restaurant-slash-night club-slash-men’s-jewelry-boutique will be opening July 4th weekend at Harrah’s, in the former home of Luke Palladino‘s eponymous restaurant there.
This means that, come July 4, you can go to A.C. and get all the things you go down to South Philly for: Eggplant Stacks, South Philly Cheesesteaks, Rigatoni Sunday Pork Gravy, Bucatini Carbonara, and the meatballs that got thumbs up from Al Pacino and Jimmy Kimmel. Plus TVs showing the most over-done tropes in Italian-American culinary cinema–the food scenes from Goodfellas, The Godfather, Analyze This. And some music, too, because what dinner out would be complete without the chef coming out to DJ a little in his own custom-made DJ booth (which is actually being hyped as a feature of the restaurant)?
Oh, and also, if you’re interested in purchasing a little souvenir of your night at Martorano’s, how about a Martorano’s-branded “Yo Cuz!” men’s sterling silver Italian Horn, crusted in cubic zirconia stones, and hung on a 30” silver bead chain? Because you can get that, too. It’s available online right now for $1,300.