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runsfast Apr 7, 2011 09:03 AM

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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    twenex Apr 8, 2011 12:04 PM

    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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      felice Apr 8, 2011 01:21 PM

      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

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        Windy Apr 8, 2011 09:15 PM

        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

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          walker Apr 10, 2011 01:27 AM

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

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            stanbee Apr 13, 2011 11:45 PM

            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

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        runsfast Apr 7, 2011 07:04 PM

        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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          DavidT Apr 7, 2011 09:14 PM

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

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            Ruth Lafler Apr 8, 2011 01:14 PM

            You can make them ahead and freeze them.

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            oldunc Apr 7, 2011 03:45 PM

            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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              Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2011 03:53 PM

              61 out of 100 is not exactly a strong recommendation.

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

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                wolfe Apr 7, 2011 03:53 PM

                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...

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                  lrealml Apr 7, 2011 05:16 PM

                  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. wolfe Apr 7, 2011 11:28 AM

                  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.

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                    runsfast Apr 7, 2011 10:37 AM

                    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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                      wolfe Apr 7, 2011 12:32 PM

                      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.

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                        vulber Apr 7, 2011 02:38 PM

                        are the lucca's in SF related?

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                          DavidT Apr 7, 2011 03:06 PM

                          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.

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                            Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2011 03:20 PM

                            Not related and not terribly similar.

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                        DavidT Apr 7, 2011 10:26 AM

                        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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                          Ruth Lafler Apr 7, 2011 10:45 AM

                          Are those the turkey ones? They are surprisingly decent.

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                            DavidT Apr 7, 2011 02:29 PM

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

                        2. Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2011 09:20 AM

                          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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                            wolfe Apr 7, 2011 09:29 AM

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

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                              chocolatetartguy Apr 7, 2011 12:22 PM

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

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