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Jan 17, 2008 06:14 PM

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.

Honorable mention

Noodles and Panini (Las olas)
Fulvio's (Hollywood)

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  1. I went to Macaluso's years ago to taste the famous meatballs and was disappointed. Mine are better. But I'd like to mention an unexpected source of fine meatballs on the beach....Carrabba's Italian Grill, 39th & Collins. Yes, a chain, I expect a lot of ridicule.

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    1. re: 2top

      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?

      1. re: eatnbmerry

        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.

        1. re: tpigeon

          A triple!!! I don't think I can run, oops, I mean eat that far:) Like I said before, I Like Your Style TP!!!

    2. 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?

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      1. re: Icantread

        RIF, Never been to Randazzo's. Never had a bad meatball at Macaluso's.

      2. Not Italian in the least, but over New Year's Prime 112 had a special appetizer kobe beef and ricotta meatball that was out of this world good. If it is ever offered as a special...TAKE ADVANTAGE!

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        1. re: mikek

          I actually heard about that from multiple people. sounded sacriledge to me, but everyone raved over it

        2. 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

          1. Rosinella's has mini meatballs (off the menu) that are quite different (sizewise) and quite delectable! I always order them up as an app. They also do a nice Bolognese and homemade Gnocchis also (off the menu).

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            1. re: netmover

              I've been to Rosinella 50+ times and never had a meatball there.

              1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                I went there last night - they had spaghetii and meatballs on the menu

                1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                  That's why we're all here to inform one another...who, what, where, when, why and HOW! I get a side of Meatballs there all the time, in fact there's plenty more they offer then that slender menu if you're in the know...and now you are chowdaddy! Buon appetitto!