Where to buy meatballs?
I'm looking for a place in little Italy where I can buy homemade meatballs. Back home there is a great little Italian bakery down the street from me where I can buy fresh meatballs and tomato sauce, and I'd love to find a place like that around here. Any recommendations? Thanks!
Pusateri is not in little Italy - it's at the corner of Yorkville and Bay - but they have very tasty meatballs in a tomato sauce. Both are "homemade" - well, they're made in their other store up on Avenue Road and then sent to the Yorkville store. However, the meatballs may be bigger than the ones you are used to. Worth checking out, though.
I'd give Bologna Pastificio a call. I'm not sure whether they offer meatballs, but in general they make wonderful homemade pastas and sauces, so meatballs doesn't seem too far a stretch.
2895 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B, CA
I buy my meatballs at Whole Foods. Not exactly an 'authentic' Italian place, but the price is good - $7 for a dozen or so. The meat is free of preservatives and antibiotics and they come in a container that you could easily freeze them in. I use them for meatball subs and they are seasoned well enough to stand alone.
On another note, Fusaro's Kitchen on Spadina does a really great giant meatball entree and a good spaghetti & meatballs. The place is always packed at lunch and the food is really good. They do catering and a little retail. Perhaps you can see if they can sell you some fresh meatballs?
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I'm a fan of Pusateri's meatballs. When I'm making my own sauce, I'll buy a pound of these from their meat counter to flavour up the recipe. Yes, they are big boys and I usually split them into two or three smaller meatballs before frying them, but it really is a big timesaver as they are very well seasoned and perfect for the pot!
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