The internet is a magical place, folks. It's filled with weird YouTube videos, scams, niche memes that only a few understand, and a boatload of awesome meatball recipes. Luckily for you, Joonbug.com sifted through the latter pile and found the most baller (see what we did there?) ways to celebrate National Meatball Day! If you're looking for a way to spice up drab spaghetti, are crazy for all things spherical, or just want to find a good vegetarian substitute, you've come to the right place.
If you are new to the world of internet recipes, then you may not have heard of Chef John from Food Wishes, a genius who might be the reigning champ in food porn. He makes witty (and not so witty) jokes, a DMX reference here or there, and some fantastic looking meals. In this recipe, Chef John gives us a few pointers in making The World's Fastest Meatballs, with no rolling, no frying, and no chopping, then proceeds to show viewers the most gorgeous bowl of spaghetti and meatballs ever.
National Meatball Day is March 9th and in honor of this spectacular meaty occasion, Daniel Mancini will be offering a special buy one, get one free meatball deal on Friday and Saturday at his restaurant walk-up, Meatball Obsession, in Manhattan.
Daniel and his partners launched MamaMancini's, a retail meatball company, in 2007 using his grandma's delicious recipe. One of the great thing about these meatballs is that you can select what kind of meat you'd like, whether it be beef, turkey, chicken, or pork sausage. The savory meatballs are slathered in authentic Italian red sauce and are reminiscent of a traditional, home cooked Sunday dinner. Whether you eat them as is or with pasta, they are a treat in themselves. Can't make it to take advantage of this awesome deal? MamaMancini's are offered at numerous local grocery stores throughout the city and country.
Latin cuisine is all the rage these days and there's no better place to enjoy it than at Pampano Botaneria. The small downstairs brother to Richard Sandoval's Pampano, this smaller, more casual half of the restaurant is the way to go. This dimly lit, romantic setting makes anyone want to hunker down for a feast. The best part of this place is that all menu items are served tapas-style...which means you don't have to pick and choose what you want, you can try everything!
New to Midtown Miami is Salumeria 104 an Italian deli and restaurant crossover. This eatery offers an assortment of Italian charcuterie foods such as cheeses, salamis and other Italian cold cuts. Salumeria 104 is inviting and casual, the perfect place for a snack and drink. Besides deli items, Salumeria 104 serves antipasti/salads, fresh pasta dishes, and regional Italian dishes along with an affordable array of wines.
3451 NE First Avenue #104, Miami
We all know and love neighborhood haunt, Alfama, but get ready for tonight's opening of Ball Night Mondays (get your mind out of the gutter)! Fill your tummies with delicious eats and libations while you watch your favorite teams battle it out on the football field. Enjoy meatball and beer specials every Monday night on Alfama's flatscreen TVs in the bar.
Take your pick of three different meatballs --pork, shrimp and ginger, lamb or veal, and pair it with a Portuguese draft beer called Sagres for $12. And if you're feeling extra ballsy, feel free to order up additional meatballs for $3 a piece. If you want to stick with Alfama's Portuguese theme for the night, we recommend trying the pork, shrimp, and ginger meatball, which is a Macanese recipe from the Macau colony. Don't skip out on this great deal...all night on Mondays, starting now!
There is a reason why the doors of LAVO, the dining and nightlife concept brought to you by the Tao Group, are always jam packed. While it's impossible to pick just one, we would venture to guess that the Kobe Meatball might have something to do with this hotspot's popularity.
Made from fresh ground A-5 Kobe and accompanied by creamy ricotta cheese (made in house), the LAVO meatball may just be the best thing you ever eat, ever. It was packed with flavor, perfectly juicy, and melted in our mouths in a way that could only be understood by tasting it yourself.
It's lunchtime in the Financial District and as offices empty, Town Hall is packed with crisp suits and briefcases. Town Hall is the place to be for a business lunch or even just a gourmet rendezvous. Sipping on a cappuccino at noon, I watched the place fill in a matter of minutes, waiters efficiently fulfilling orders for American Regional Cuisine with a lot of Southern flavor. On this visit, I enjoyed a Crispy Shrimp Po-Boy with horseradish remoulade, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, and sweet potato chips. Wallets being a bit tight these days, I leave you with a Town Hall recipe you can make at home.
FIRST Food & Bar may be in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip but this late-night spot is a comfortable restaurant and lounge with the neighborhood bar feel. Stagger in for a late-night hunger or that business lunch created by Executive Chef Sam DeMarco.
There is another reason to go to FIRST Food & Bar, football. FIRST is kicking off football season with the Las Vegas Locomotives and continuing this fanfare every Monday night. While you're watching the game have FIRST’s signature Famous Lollipop Buffalo Wings half off. Not in the mood for wings (gasp) enjoy the Original Mini Burgers. Try the pizzas including Grilled Grandma’s Style (with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and basil), Grandpa’s Pizza (Grandma’s Style with pepperoni) or Little Johnny’s (with meatballs). Don’t forget to get a drink with specials including 2-for-1 draft beers running the duration of the game. Not enough time away from the misses. FIRST is opening the bar at 10 a.m on Sundays with the kitchen opening at 10:30 a.m.
Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have decided to shine some light onto a character that is usually playing a supporting roll--the meatball. Meatballs, usually accompanying the almighty spaghetti, have been out of the culinary lime light for some time, until now. The Meatball Shop opened this February in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City and is utterly devoted to meatballs.
Open until 4am, The Meatball Shop is a counter service restaurant with a build-your-own-menu meal. You start by choosing the ball--2 ounces and house ground-which can be made from either classic beef, spicy pork, chicken, salmon, vegetable, or their weekly special. A meatball is not complete without sauce; choose from classic tomato, spicy meat sauce, mushroom gravy, or parmesan cheese. You can then decide how you want your meatballs served. The first option is Naked ($7), which consists of 4 balls served with focaccia bread and sauce. There is the Slider ($3), simply 1 ball on a bun with sauce, or if your feeling really hungry, the Flight of Sliders ($8), where you can mix and match any 3 balls. Finally, there is the Hero ($9), composed of an Il Forno baguette, an option of whole wheat is available, stuffed with meatballs, sauce, and your choice of either provolone or mozzarella cheese. See why it's called the Hero?