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Help! I'm making pasta for a family gathering and don't have time....................or perhaps I just don't really WANT to make meatballs. (-: Does anyone know of a restaurant in Marin County that makes (and would sell) really good meatballs that I could add to my own sauce? I know that I have friends who do this in Orange County, but I have no idea where to start in this area.

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  1. Old-school Italian delis such as Lucca Ravioli in SF sell meatballs. Is there anyplace like that left in Marin?

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    Lucca Ravioli
    1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Anyone been to Tagliaferri's?
      http://www.tagsdeli.com/
      Tagliaferri's features:
      Prepared food, made fresh from our kitchen daily, including:
      Meatballs

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Genova Deli sells serviceable meatballs with sauce. Possibly they are sold commercially along with their frozen ravioli and lasagna.

      2. Have you tried the Italian-style meatballs in the frozen foods section at Trader Joe's? I am not saying they are great, but they are tasty and I am sure you could find worse.

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        1. re: DavidT

          Are those the turkey ones? They are surprisingly decent.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            No, the meat ones. TJ's makes both meat & turkey meatballs.

        2. I've called both Lucca's in SF (although it would sure be easier to stay in Marin) and Tagliaferri"s and think I'll give them a taste test. I'm not sure about Trader Joe's. I truly love that place and they have lots of items there that I can't live without, but some of their frozen "meat items" have been sub par in the past. I can certainly give them a try though. Theri prices are certainly right. Thank you all. Anyone else have any ideas? Someone told me to try the Italian deli in the Corte Madera shopping center. I'm told that they do sell meatballs. Has anyone tried them?

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          Tagliaferri's, moved to Novato
          25 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA 94952

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          1. re: runsfast

            I believe the Tagliaferri's in your link is closed and the address is now 2051 Novato Blvd , Novato.
            I tried to change the link without success.
            (415) 897 9677.

            1. re: runsfast

              are the lucca's in SF related?

              1. re: vulber

                I am pretty sure the Lucca's on Chestnut Street in the Marina and the Lucca's on Valencia in the Mission are not related.

                1. re: DavidT

                  Not related and not terribly similar.

            2. I know it's not the same but the Aidells chicken parmesan meatballs that I got at Costco are very moist and tasty. I take about 8-9, kept frozen, nuke them with a little tomato sauce and some jalapeno
              jack and plop them in a dutch crunch roll. Great lunch.

              1. Always dubious of frozen ground meat items, but I believe TJ's meatballs aced a Chronicle taste test a year or two back.. It strikes me as a lot simpler to make some meatballs than to go through this whole process, and still have to go somewhere to get them. Not to mention paying for them- good restaurants in Marin don't run cheap. Or anywhere else.

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                1. re: oldunc

                  61 out of 100 is not exactly a strong recommendation.

                  http://articles.sfgate.com/2005-02-09...

                  1. re: oldunc

                    Good memory but winning isn't everything. Score for TJ "respectable but not stellar" so aced is quite it.
                    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

                    1. re: oldunc

                      I was thinking the same thing... My great grandmother's meatballs only take about 1 hour to make and that includes the 30 minutes in the oven. Seems strange to run all over Marin taste testing them.... maybe the OP thinks they are more complicated to make than they actually are.

                    2. No.......I realize that they're not difficult to make. It's just that I'm already making about 15 other things and am feeling kind of lazy at this point. That being said, I'm kind of particular, and want things to taste good, so I may just have to add one more thing to my list. I truly thank everyone who gave me suggestions. I may just have to save the meatball tasting trip for another time. (-:

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                      1. re: runsfast

                        You can buy a bag of the TJ's meatballs for $2.99 and taste them for yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised.

                        1. re: runsfast

                          You can make them ahead and freeze them.

                        2. Pasta Gina in Noe Valley has the best take out meatballs in town. They also make a mean meatball sandwich. Actually, just thinking about it is making me seriously consider going and getting one now.

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                          Pasta Gina
                          741 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                          1. re: twenex

                            I haven't tried Pasta Gina, but Tony's in North Beach has great meatballs. You can get takeout - 6 big meatballs for $7 or $8.

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                            Pasta Gina
                            741 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                            1. re: twenex

                              Thanks for the reminder. I always forget about Pasta Gina. (And love their pastas made to order.)

                              Have you tried Lucca Ravioli's meatballs?

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                              Lucca Ravioli
                              1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                              Pasta Gina
                              741 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                              1. re: Windy

                                I've tried Lucca's meatballs (Valencia St) and would not buy them again; dry and hard.

                                1. re: walker

                                  Agree. Pasta Gina makes good Sout' Filly MBs.

                                  Also delicious MBs at Pizza Napoletana BUT stringy with gristle the two times I've had them.

                                  Good MBs also at Tomassos.

                                  Packaged MBs with mystery meat, no thank you, no matter how good they taste. Maybe for the dogs.

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                                  Pasta Gina
                                  741 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94114