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BEst Meatballs (Italian) Needham, Newton, W. Rox, etc

zblang May 14, 2012 02:41 PM

Where are the best Italian Meatballs in the area? Seems like such a rarity these days

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    newhound Jun 20, 2012 02:19 AM

    Tutto Italiano. I go to the one in Wellesley, but there are a couple other locations as well.

    1. Science Chick Jun 19, 2012 10:41 AM

      Fiorella's in Newton makes homemade meatballs. I don't eat meat, so I can't comment on their taste, but everything else I've had there is great!

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        keith Jun 19, 2012 10:35 AM

        It's in Boston, but I like the ones at Coppa, served in a simple tomato sauce with smal slices of lardo melting on top of each one

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          efbake May 20, 2012 09:01 AM

          Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Village has excellent meatballs.

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          1. re: efbake
            lissa2343 Jun 16, 2012 11:55 PM

            Toscano's in beacon hill, I third? Fourth? Comella's. or Biagio's

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            sallyt May 16, 2012 07:48 AM

            I don't eat meatballs, but my husband and daughter love the ones at Comella's.

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              Ronzoni May 15, 2012 08:30 PM

              Just 10 minutes from West Roxbury, try Bon Caldo on Route 1 in Norwood. Delicious tender, succulent meatballs!!

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                kimfair1 May 15, 2012 12:13 PM

                Again, not exactly in the area asked for, but I love the meatballs at Il Casale in belmont.

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                  veggielover May 15, 2012 08:12 AM

                  The meatballs are pretty good at Russo's in Watertown, (but at the edge of Newton) either in their sub or on pasta, preferably your own.

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                    libertywharf May 15, 2012 10:00 AM

                    The area you have highlighted have Comella's. Whenever I am in the newton area I stop by either the one in west newton or wellesly location where 16 and 9 meet.
                    Great lasagna and meatballs.

                    1. re: libertywharf
                      DrMag May 16, 2012 04:23 PM

                      Plus one for Comella's. I'm still sad they closed their Brookline Harvard St location.

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                    bear May 15, 2012 06:31 AM

                    I really like the meatballs at Fiorella's in Newton.

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                    1. re: bear
                      bear May 15, 2012 10:14 AM

                      I forgot to add Domenic's in Waltham to the list. Delicious.

                    2. kevinricci May 15, 2012 04:57 AM

                      The only good meatballs are the ones my wife, mother & grandmother make. I've never had a good meatball from a restaurant.

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                        CocoDan May 15, 2012 05:33 AM

                        I totally beleive in the "wife, mother & grandmother" thing, but two places come to mind. Unfortunately, not in the area the OP is seeking. The Venetian in Weymouth has very good meatballs, as does (and go figure), Alba in Quincy Center. Alba's is kind of a head-scratcher, but they are quite good. Sorry I couldn't come up with anything closer.

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                          Moopheus May 20, 2012 08:44 AM

                          While it is a bit of cliché to cite grandma's meatballs as the best (in my family, it was my grandfather who was the meatball master), it is the standard by which many of us judge. And many fail--either by skimping on what we might consider essential ingredients, or by making a relatively simple thing too complicated. Some tings just don't translate well from a home to restaurant setting.

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