When Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine gave Tornatore’s a makeover on the Food Network’s Ambush Episode of Restaurant Impossible, Chef Irvine stressed the importance of making everything served at Tornatore’s from scratch. Not just some things, but everything! Together they developed a new Tornatore’s menu filled with delicious signature dishes, creating the only neighborhood restaurant in College Park with a complete “made from scratch” menu.
Today, “Everything from Scratch” is our unique point of difference. We invite you stop in and watch us make our pasta the way it’s been done for centuries. The kids will be fascinated to see how our strands of homemade pasta come out of our pasta machine and will be in awe as they watch skilled hands create ravioli in the time-honored traditional way at Tornatore’s. We have also revived the lost art of making fresh mozzarella daily by hand.
How many chefs does it take to make everything from scratch? It takes four. Two are from Sicily, one from Roma and the fourth is from Brooklyn. Our Brooklyn chef specializes in making pizza that’s so authentic, close your eyes and you’ll see the Brooklyn Bridge. At Tornatore’s we’ll tempt you with over 10 different kinds of specialty pizzas, from Hawaiian to Sicilian plus traditional favorites.
Our pizza, like all of our soups, antipastos, salads, entrees, pasta, pizza, fresh bread, subs and desserts are made fresh every day from scratch. Stop in for a slice, bring the family for one of our special pies or call us for takeout or free delivery 7 days a week. Don’t forget, our delicious homemade pastas are available to purchase by the pound as well for you to take home and cook in minutes.
As part of the Restaurant Impossible makeover, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine worked with Denny Tornatore on developing new, delectable, signature dishes. The heart of Denny’s new menu is his pasta and ravioli made entirely by hand, from scratch. But the soul is his signature sauce, made with a unique recipe created by Chef Robert Irvine himself. Savor our signature Ravioli, Eggplant Rollatini and hand-made Tortellini. Add to your enjoyment with one of our fine wines. And be sure to save room for our signature desserts including our homemade Tiramisu, cream puffs and cakes.
Tornatore’s also makes an extensive selection of fresh entrees to go in our chilled case. As with everything served in the restaurant our take and bake meals are made from scratch and are packaged in portions just right for families or individuals. They are simple and delicious. Just take them home and bake on your own!
Denny Tornatore was part of a family owned restaurant group when he decided to open a restaurant on his own in 2009. The stress of doing everything for years, and now having a new baby on the way was overwhelming. No one was more surprised than Denny Tornatore when Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine showed up at his door with his crew an announced that Tornatore’s had been selected to receive a complete makeover on the Ambush episode of the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible featuring Chef Robert Irvine. When the dust settled, Denny’s neighborhood restaurant had been transformed into a bright, charming Mediterranean café with a welcoming décor reminiscent of a local eatery in a small Italian town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Chef Irvine taught Denny to “work smarter, not harder” so he could spend more time with his family and to hire professionals to help him with his branding and marketing. Chef Robert Irvine stressed the importance of making everything served at Tornatore’s from scratch. Not just some things, but everything! Together they developed a new Tornatore’s menu filled with delicious signature dishes, creating the only neighborhood restaurant in College Park with a complete “made from scratch” menu.