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Jan 25, 2008 01:12 PM

Meatballs and Spaghetti

Looking for a good place to eat great old fashioned meatballs and spaghetti in the Main Line near Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, Manayunk. Any ideas?

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  1. I'm always amazed how much all restaurants charge for plain spaghetti and red sauce. I've seen diners whack customers ten bucks for a handful of pasta before the meatballs ever get there.

    To be honest, we usually avoid chains, but once in awhile we go to the Olive Garden where my wife and I get unlimited amounts of soup and salad. I get pasta e fagiole, and she gets a broth-based Tuscan potato-sausage-greens version.

    My son ordered spaghetti and meatballs a few weeks ago, and it was a WHOPPING portion with three huge meatballs (which I sampled.) They tasted like the real beef-pork-veal meatballs I've had made my my friends' Abruzeze grandmothers.

    My wife makes spaghetti alla chitarra, so there's no comparison where the pasta is concerned, but overall OG has my vote as a pretty good version at a fair price.

    Come to think of it, I've had a decent version at Vinny T''s in Wynnewood. I probalby should just drive to S. Philly, since it's probably equidistant from B.C. It's just such a pain to park I'll probably end up developing a taste for Suburban Chain versions of real dishes.

    1. If you are looking for good meatballs and sauce to bring home, try Carlino's

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      1. re: phungi

        second carlinos...great tomato pie too

        1. re: EastCoastWineMan

          That's true .. Carlino's is like stuffing ninth street into a deli. While you're there, you can stock up on all kinds of Italian goodies (try the Canadian Prosciutto !!)

      2. so no one has a great suggestion except the Olive Garden. I'm looking for South Phila. type gravy with homemade meatballs. Keeping thinking, please.

        1. La Dolce Vita on DeKalb Street in Bridgeport. Just follow Route 23 into Bridgeport to where it runs into DeKalb, and turn left. It's in a house on the right. Odd place but really good food. It's really only 20 minutes from BC.

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          1. re: Dedtired

            I second La dolce Vita, they have great "old school" italian food and a quirky atmosphere to match!

            1. re: AmblerGirl

              I agree AG, it's a great little place.

              I was sorry to see in an earlier post that the place might be for sale.

            2. re: Dedtired

              Is this the place that has created a kitchen with customer seating and it has island pictures playing on a flat screen, as faux logs burn behind you?
              If so they suck! I know it is family owned and run, and that in turn creates the best service you could ever hope for anywhere. Sometimes I hope my tastes are inconsistent with those in the area, and I pray others like it, but if I am to be brutally honest it was not any where near my top 20 best Italian restaurants list. My humble suggestion, which should make this place 50% better, is fresh and RIPE produce. If a tomato isn't ripe it's a disappointment. I feel bad saying this, but honest feedback is best.
              If not, my bad :-)

            3. Another thought -- Marrone's in Ardmore.

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              1. re: Dedtired

                i wouldn't call Marrone's a great fit for this...I find their red sauce a littlw watery...but for the prices and the great little neighborhood really can't go wrong...they have a good meatball

                1. re: EastCoastWineMan

                  I love Marrones pizza...and far as restaurant meatballs go, theirs are really good.
                  I don't think I've had the meatballs at Primavara in ardmore, but their angel hair pasta is really good.