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Apr 7, 2011 09:03 AM

Italian meatballs

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?

    Lucca Ravioli
    1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Anyone been to Tagliaferri's?
      Tagliaferri's features:
      Prepared food, made fresh from our kitchen daily, including:

      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?

          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: 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.

            1. 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

                    Good memory but winning isn't everything. Score for TJ "respectable but not stellar" so aced is quite it.

                    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.