‘Martorano’s Prime’ to open at Rivers Casino

ITTSBURGH — Celebrity cook Steve Martorano will be adding a fourth location to his growing portfolio of restaurants at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.

Martorano made the announcement about Martorano’s Prime during the July 31 broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

He said Pittsburgh’s Martorano’s Prime will fuse his famous Italian-American menu with high-end steakhouse staples.

“Pittsburgh is absolutely a foodie town, plus it has a strong Italian-American community,” said Martorano. “It’s a work-hard, play-hard city that’s proud of its history and always moving forward. I can relate to that. And the riverfront views from our Rivers Casino restaurant will take your breath away. I can’t wait to get up and running.”

Rivers Casino is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The casino opened in August 2009 and has since become a mainstay of the North Shore Entertainment Corridor, which includes Heinz Field, PNC Park, Carnegie Science Center and more. The casino recently added the Event Center, a new 25,000-square-foot grand hall for concerts, expos and galas; opened Pennsylvania’s top-performing Rivers Sportsbook; and just unveiled plans for the Landing Hotel, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

Andrew’s Steak and Seafood, the casino’s original steakhouse, will permanently close after Labor Day weekend to make way for Martorano’s Prime. The renovation is expected to take several months. Andrew’s team members will be temporarily reassigned during the construction, and Martorano himself will train Pittsburgh workers this fall.

“I love going to Martorano’s because there are so many great reasons to go. The meatball and salad, the eggplant stack, the lobster francaise, homemade parpadella with sausage … just knowing Steve’s world-famous menu will soon be available here in Pittsburgh is making my mouth water,” said Bill Keena, Rivers general manager.

Martorano operates restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Cafe Martorano, his flagship restaurant in Florida, was recognized by Open Table as ranking among the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America.

His began his career selling sandwiches door-to-door in Philadelphia. Many of Martorano’s restaurant dishes originated as family recipes, learned at the elbow of his late grandmother. He has written two books, “Yo Cuz! My Life, My Food, My Way” and “It Ain’t Sauce, It’s Gravy.”

Plans call for the restaurant, which will open later this year, to feature caramel-and-white marble facades intermingled with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that will frame the main dining area. Intimate tables for two will dot the perimeter, while four- and six-tops will be on the main floor. Martorano’s Prime will feature a central bar and private dining area. Interiors will include crystal chandeliers, rich mahogany, cream-colored leather, crisp linens and highly-polished silver. There will be seating for approximately 200, including seasonal tables on the outdoor patio.