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Jun 1, 2011 07:36 PM

Prosciutto Balls

In the absence of Joe's Superette in Carroll Gardens (RIP, Joe's), can anyone recommend any places in Brooklyn that make good prosciutto balls? I live in Bensonhurst, but am willing to travel for quality. Frank and Sal's are not authentic to me- theirs are just riceballs with prosciutto, not the kind made from ricotta cheese, pecorino, etc.

Frank & Sal
8008 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

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  1. We've always gone to Joe's for both the Prosciutto and Rice balls. But the last time we were out at Lioni's for a hero we saw that the had Prosciutto Balls. Haven't try them yet. would love a report.

    Lioni Fresh Mozzarella
    7803 15th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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    1. re: bobjbkln

      Faicco on 11th ave and 65th st

      6511 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

      1. re: bobjbkln

        We tried Lioni's Prosciutto balls, rice balls and potato croquettes today. They were big and really disappointing. They have great heros that rival Joe's and their mozzarella is a passable substitute for the late lamented Tedone's, but the balls just didn't make it.

        Joe's Superette
        349 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Tedone Latticini
        597 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        Lioni Fresh Mozzarella
        7803 15th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

      2. It's worth a trip to SI for great prosciutto balls.

        Novelli's Pork Store
        3161 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY 10306

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        1. re: Tay

          landis in mill basin on ave N

          Landi's Pork Store
          5909 Ave N, Brooklyn, NY 11234

        2. I never had Joe's, but G. Esposito & Sons Jersey Pork Store over on Court is making them now. Ricotta, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and breading -- nicely fried and not greasy at all. 90 cents a pop or 6 for $5.

          G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
          357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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          1. re: lambretta76


            188 Grand Street
            New York, NY

            great prosciutto balls no rice..exactly what you are looking for..

            excellent..stromboli..sandwiches and of coures fresh mozzarella and ricotta

            1. re: lambretta76

              are these small like joe's were, or large like their other rice balls?

              1. re: missmasala

                Small, maybe 1.5" in diameter? Nowhere near the size of their rice balls. (And yes, they're rice-free.)

            2. Here is a lead posted on A chalkboard in Prince St. Pizza in Soho advertising Joe's Superette prosciutto balls.


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              1. re: realjudywong

                We went to Prince St. Pizza (Prince between Mott and Elizabeth) this weekend to check out the claim described in my earlier post that they were serving Joe's Superette prosciutto balls. According to Prince St.'s owner, Louie, formerly of Joe's Superette, comes in a couple of times a week to make the prosciutto balls. We ordered a dozen and do think it's the same recipe. Delicious!

                1. re: realjudywong

                  I can now confirm that Louie from Joe's Superette is making prosciutto balls at Prince St. Pizza. I was there today ordering a dozen prosciutto balls for take-out. Louie himself emerged from the kitchen to give my order to the counter guy.

                  Here is Louie:


              2. Well, we done a small Brooklyn crawl and very either very or somewhat disappointed. Lioni's were not ricotta based; Faicco's were weird, perhaps potato based. Faicco have them cold and can't heat them up for you. Neither of their Rice balls were great either. The closest we got were G. Esposito's on Court St. But unlike Joe's the don't fry them on the spot, so you either get them pre-cooked cold or microwave heated. Reheated in the oven, they still weren't as good (or as creamy) as Joe's were. Their rice balls were more moist than Joe's, but we liked Joe's a lot better. That said our guests on Sunday gobbled them up.

                So we're still looking for a real replacement in Brooklyn. But so far,nothing has gotten near Joe's.