Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates Morton's of Chicago, a high-end steakhouse restaurant chain aimed at a business clientele, and Bertolini's Authentic Trattorias, a smaller chain offering Italian specialties in a casual dining atmosphere. At the end of 1998 Morton's Restaurant Group owned and operated 43 Morton's of Chicago and 12 Bertolini's units. All Morton's of Chicago restaurants were similar in style, concept, and decor, and were located in retail, hotel, commercial, and office building complexes in major metropolitan areas and urban centers. Catering primarily to business-oriented clients, Morton's of Chicago had an average per person check of about $65 in 1998. The Bertolini's restaurants offered white tablecloth service, with an average per person check of about $20. Morton's Restaurant Group also held a minority of stock in two other restaurant chains, Mick's and Peasant.




Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Morton's Steakhouse Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

4 romaine lettuce leaves
2 large beefsteak tomatoes, cored and each cut into 4 slices
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
8 -10 thin slices of prosciutto (about 1 ounce)
8 large fresh basil leaves
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Line each of the 2 salad plates with lettuce leaves. Shingle the tomato slices over the lettuce and top with mozzarella slices and prosciutto, shingled also so that they overlap. Tuck the basil leaves between the cheese and ham. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over the salad and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  If you prefer, you can serve the oil and vinegar on the side and let your guests dress their own salad.

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