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Jan 18, 2012 02:17 PM

Best Old School Spaghetti and Meatballs?

I make really great Spaghetti and meatballs, but sometimes I have a jones for it and not the time. I love the sauce at Fat Lorenzo's, but find their pasta a bit overcooked and the meatballs rubbery.

I like Broder's, but don't consider them "Old School."

Any suggestions?

Fat Lorenzos
5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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  1. They are not open for the season until Feb., but I really like the spaghetti and meatballs at the Dari-ette Drive-in. You may find their pasta's definitely on the soft side. The sauce is really wonderful though, and their (deep fried) meatball is a treat.

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    1. re: Quince

      Quince - while I prefer the pasta more "toothy", it doesn't bother me as much as rubbery meatballs. I'd rather have the two out of three.

      I'd never even thought of looking there! Thanks.

    2. I love DeGideo's. Their sloppy hot dago is also quite a treat!

      1. The place itself isn't entirely old school, but Rinata makes a very fine and classic spaghetti and meatball dish.

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        1. re: LiaM

          +1 for Rinata's meatball. Like LiaM already mentioned, this place isnt exactly old school, but their meatball is pretty awesome.

          1. re: LiaM

            I just tried the spaghetti and meatball at Rinata for the first time, and it really was delicious, with a very tender meatball. The restaurant was pretty empty though, which is a shame.

          2. I'm sure Al Vento has a delicious menu, but all I ever order is the spaghetti and meatballs in Mother's sauce because it is good, filling, and the ultimate comfort food.

            Al Vento
            5001 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

            Al Vento
            5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            Al Vento
            5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

            1. Not at all old school, but D'Amico's has pretty good meatballs. And they even slice them up and add them to their lasagna, which beats mine all to heck.