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Best Reason to Eat Out in New Jersey

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At Martorano’s, you can experience the joy of eating your grandmother’s meatballs in the dark while watching a Godfather marathon on AMC — and that’s only part of what South Philly tough guy Steve Martorano offers at his disco trattoria inside Harrah’s Atlantic City. At this, the latest expansion of the chef’s ’90s Fort Lauderdale café, uncut Scorsese films play above every banquette, and soft strobe lights signal fired-up patrons to dance atop tables after dinner. Dig into fried long hots and cherry-pepper-smothered veal cutlets while you groove to an American Hustle soundtrack, and note that both the chef and a towering icon of the Virgin Mary are looking on from the open kitchen.