Top Meatballs (SoFla)
Net, I thought you did one but was unable to locate it.
Cafe Martorano (Ft Lauderdale)
Macaluso's (South Beach)
Both are great and need to taste side by side to determine winner.
Noodles and Panini (Las olas)
I can't ridicule cause I haven't tried any of the three yet. But just based on what I'm hearing about CM and M you may be in for some ribbing. Don't worry, like my grandmother used to say, thats why God invented colors!
Sobe, may have to change my weekend plans and do one of my doubles in order to attempt a quasi side by side approach. What do ya think? Too much meatballs in one day for this(any) hound?
Come now, if we did not do crazy stuff like that, we wouldn't be chowhounds, would we :). I am dying to try CM myself being a big fan of macalusos.
They are kind of a ripoff given the price and small portion but the meatballs at Ola happen to be amazing. So good that I knew I was being ripped off but did not care a bit :). I would put them up with Macalusos - they might even be better.
I'd say Cafe Martorano. They're still at the top of there game, whereas I've heard people complain several times that Macalusos has some down days. However, I had my meatballs in Cafe Martorano in the salad, so that may have accented how good they are. I think they may be the best Italian I've tasted in South Florida.
No honorable mention for Randazzos, btw?
Man, I dropped the ball tonight. I was craving meatballs after reading the posts today and unfortunately did not go to any of the aforementioned places. The restaurant is good and the meatballs were ok but not great. Really made me appreciate what Martorano and Macaluso's do so well