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I know spaghetti and meatballs is rather pedestrian, but...

I REALLY have a fever for the dish and need a fix of it sometime in the next week or two.

Any suggestions for the best spaghetti and meatballs in the Boston area? I'll pay anything for it! (We're talking a major spaghetti and meatballs jones here.)

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  1. Vinny's at Night in Somerville does a good spaghetti and meatball.

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      I have eaten at Vinny's at Night for a number of years and have always enjoyed all of my meals My group's stand by's are the haddock fra' dablo, the lasagna, and the beef braciole. We frequent Vinny's and have to say that lately the lasagna and some other dishes have not been so good. I am now more perplexed from what I read on this board about the Paddock!!!!!

    2. I agree with Info and would try Vinny's first. If you don't mind a drive north, I have found that the Capellinis in Tewksbury and Methuen make a nice Linguini and Meatballs and cheap too, esp at lunch (before 4pm) I think the standard serving of meatballs is three good-sized ones, so for a buck and a half extra I order a "side" of 2 or 3 more.

        1. I've never heard anything good or bad re the grotto spaghetti and meatballs..probably b/c there are so many other great things on the menu that few folks get around to trying them. I'd love to hear feedback from those who have ordered this dish.

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          1. re: twentyoystahs

            I really hated it. They call their sauce "insanely fabulous" or something. NOPE. It's just not that good of a sauce at all. I don't know if I got it on an off day, but it didn't have much tomato flavor and was grainy.

            The meatballs were pretty good, but not worth a strong recommendation.

            For red sauce, I think Vinny's at Night has some of the best.

            1. re: DoubleMan

              I tried a friend's and didn't like the Grotto rendition either. Although I do like pretty much everything else on the menu.
              I've heard Carlo's in Brighton does red sauce justice- but I've never sampled the goods.

          2. Sorellina's has a nice version - spaghetti with Kobe beef meatballs.

            1. there was an article in today's dining section in the Globe about red sauce places. Vinny's, Carlo's, Rino's, to name a few.

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              1. re: eLizard

                I really like Rino's a lot, but always forget about it. Early stage Alzheimers I guess.

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  i cannot say enough good things about Rino's. plus the owner is very accomodating. the place is closed on sunday, and we used it for my birthday last year. opened just for us and a year later people are still raving about the food.

              2. I really love the spaghetti and meatballs at Tony's Place in West Roxbury. You can order extra meatballs and/or sausages too. I like their red sauce, and they don't overcook their pasta.

                1. Vinny's would be my first suggestion. Second to that would be Stella in the South End. Both are delicious and hearty. Big portions too!

                  Vinny's also sells their meatballs and sauce to go in a cold case near the register by the door...

                  1. With the changing of ownership of Maria's in Cambridge, I tend to go to Vinny's when I have a meatball craving. Bob's are too beefy for me, Vinny's has a nice mix of beef/pork/filler and maybe veal. I think L'Osteria also has tasty meatballs and Dom's always has free spaghetti and meatballs for the kids and I have had the meatball on the side and its tasty. There is somewhere else that I always order a meatball on the side, but can't remember where. For chain restaurants Bertucci's is not so bad when you are forced to eat there or have a craving.

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                    1. re: itaunas

                      I am pretty sure Dom's is now in the R.I.P. state. I read that they are converting the location to a residential use.

                    2. I actually enjoy Bertucci's Pasta and Polpette. The meatballs are huge and tasty, and they usually don't severely overcook the pasta. The dinner rolls they serve are also a good addition to the meal.

                      If you are near Quincy, Gennaro's Eatery has a good version. The sauce is not overly sweet, the meatballs not greasy, and portions are generous.

                      1. Agree with other posts re: Vinny's and Bertucci's.


                        1. Way out in the 'burbs beyond 128, Cafe Luigi in Bedford and Luigi's in Wayland do a pretty good linguine and meatballs. Hits the spot for me when I have that red sauce craving. Pretty cheap too.

                          1. My mom loves the spaget/meata balls at Pasta Market Cafe on Ferry Street in Malden. The food is great. The number is: 781-397-0555.

                            1. you could try Grappa on Elm Street in Watertown
                              cozy, warm restaurant, not that many tables, but the menu has spaghetti and meatballs, shrimp scapi, chichen parm, etc and all reasobaly priced and delicious.

                              1. Basta Pasta in cambridge is terrific, and the prices are great.
                                Also enjoyed the spagetti and meatballs at Grappa in Watertown.

                                1. The bolognese at Stella- in the south end, columbus ave? is excellent!