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asmith Nov 19, 2011 02:47 PM

I am looking for preparred food, rather than a dish to be eaten in a restaurant. Has anyone had Dibruno Bros. meatballs?

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    sylviag Nov 19, 2011 07:43 PM

    We like the ones from Trader Joe's.

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      Strocophate Nov 20, 2011 07:10 AM

      Seconded. And they're inexpensive, as opposed to DiBruno's, which are just OK, IMO. If you're going to spend the money, I prefer the ones from Carlino's in Ardmore.

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      urbanfabric Nov 19, 2011 07:56 PM

      Would you consider take-out? I had some great meatballs in a sandwich at Santucci's today, they'd probably sell you a bunch. I've also been interested to try Marabella's.

      It's been a few years since I've had the ones at DiBrunos, but I remember them being good.

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      202 E 6th St Ste B, New Castle, DE 19720

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        tzanghi Nov 20, 2011 05:45 AM

        I admittedly haven't tried these yet, but they were featured on Food Wars and won. Villa di Roma has prepared meatballs and sauces that you can purchase and take home.

        In the off hand chance that you have time, I could post a recipe I use for meatballs if you'd like. I usually won't order meatballs anywhere because I feel that my mother's recipe is just as good or better. Just my opinion though.

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          cwdonald Nov 20, 2011 06:07 AM

          Talluto's makes a nice meatball as well. They have multiple locations in the greater Philadelphia area.

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            knappy123 Nov 20, 2011 08:12 PM

            Talluto's +1. best. meatballs. ever.

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            Bigley9 Nov 21, 2011 10:02 AM

            Villa d'Roma's meatballs are very good! I haven't had Tallutos though

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            tbman28 Dec 1, 2011 09:31 AM

            If you are looking for raw to cook yourself, I would recommend Sam's Italian Market in Willow Grove PA. For cooked meatballs, go to Silvio's in Hatboro. They have them for sandwiches, but they will sell them in just sauce for you to take home.

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              asmith Dec 1, 2011 09:44 AM

              Thanks so much for all these ideas. I have been to Sam's recently but didn't see meatballs. Where do they keep them? I had an excellent hoagie there BTW; It was their deluxe. My only complaint was the bread (they make it themselves) which was chewy bready, instead of being chewy crunchy, if that makes any sense.

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                tbman28 Dec 1, 2011 09:52 AM

                They have meatball hoagies. Like I said, tell them you want meatballs to take home. They will do it for you.

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                  asmith Dec 1, 2011 10:00 AM

                  Got it! Thanks.

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                    asmith Dec 4, 2011 02:53 PM

                    I went to Sam's Market on Friday and asked about fresh meatballs. They didn't have any but showed me to the freezer. They have a 9 meatball quart container with sauce or a much larger quantity. Since I cook for two, I got the smaller quantity and defrosted half of it for dinner. I have to admit, I am not a meatball expert, but I really liked them; especially the texture which was tender as opposed to that bouncy quality some meatballs I've had. I still am curious about Tallutos and Silvios. Will report back as I make those trips.

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                      tbman28 Dec 5, 2011 06:43 AM

                      Sam's does only have them frozen. However, they are made on premises, from scratch. They have regular size and minis as well. On the other side of the case where you got the meatballs and sauce, they sell meatballs without sauce in both sizes. I buy the mini ones for my wife and I . Let them defrost in the fridge. Fry them in a sauce pan with a light drizzle of olive oil that you can deglaze with some red wine. Reserve that liquid and add it to you sauce along with the meatballs. It makes a tasty dish!

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                        asmith Dec 5, 2011 05:47 PM

                        Great tips tbman28. I will follow your instructions.

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                ssturn Dec 1, 2011 10:09 AM

                Here's another vote for Talluto's! The meatballs and sauce are DELISH. I go out of my way and pay the extra $$ to get these for parties and everyone loves them.

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                  lawgirl3278 Dec 1, 2011 12:55 PM

                  Another vote for Talluto's here. This South Philly Italian girl is very picky about store bought meatballs, and theirs are very good. I also like Francoluigi's takeout.

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                  lone369 Dec 1, 2011 02:46 PM

                  I love the meatballs at Ralph's on 9th Street. I make my own based on the recipe from their cookbook. I tried the meatballs at ( http://marabellameatballco.com/ ) Marabella Meatball company and was disappointed. I got their sampler of the various recipes. The only one that I was inpressed was was their vegitarian meatball, yes I realize the irony of that. The rest of the their meatballs were average at best.

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                    lsmutko Dec 2, 2011 10:02 AM

                    Just had meatballs and sauce from Altemonte's, locations in Doylestown and Warminster. Liked them a lot. I think you can get them with sauce and without, fresh or frozen.

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