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Need recommendation for Spaghetti & Meatballs

BigV Aug 8, 2013 08:01 AM

Someone recently asked me where the best spaghetti & meatballs were in Manhattan. I'm Italian, so I have no good answer because that's something I'd make at home and not pay to eat out.

I have to make a list of 3 and I need a place open on a Monday. I had Lugo, Le Zie, Apizz, and Donatella on my finalists list but Apizz and Donatella are both closed Mondays. Any others I am leaving out? I have Craftbar, Hearth, Rubirosa, and Piccolo Angolo on my current list to investigate. Thanks!

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    rrems Aug 8, 2013 11:14 AM

    Rubirosa or Crispo.

    1. Ttrockwood Aug 8, 2013 12:34 PM

      Scarpetta's spaghetti with tomato and basil has been great the few times i have had it. Kinda pricey for what it is ($24) but i crave it.

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      1. re: Ttrockwood
        kathryn Aug 8, 2013 01:22 PM

        No meatballs, though.

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        rruben1 Aug 8, 2013 06:14 PM

        The meatballs at Becco are among the very best I have ever eaten. They are an appetizer. They have a pasta with tomato and basil in some form on the sinfonia di pasta combination at every seating. Put them together. It could be mind-blowingly good.

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        1. re: rruben1
          foodwhisperer Aug 8, 2013 08:00 PM

          The spaghetti and meatballs at Ennio and Michaels were the best, but they are no longer in business. The meatballs at Bar Pitti are good but you have to order the pasta separately.
          Villa Mosconi has decent spaghetti and meatballs.

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          comiendosiempre Aug 8, 2013 08:39 PM

          Pietros, in the east 40s, has outstanding spaghetti and meatballs. A half order is sufficient, even.

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            sam1 Aug 8, 2013 09:09 PM

            i havent had it in awhile but rubirosa made me realize how much i miss simple and delicious spaghetti and meatballs.

            extra virgin used to have a great spaghetti and meatballs on sunday nights. not sure if they still do.

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              bifpocaroba Aug 9, 2013 06:02 AM


              1. jon Aug 9, 2013 09:50 AM

                is frankie's on hudson still open? if so, theirs are the best.

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                1. re: jon
                  Blumie Aug 9, 2013 05:20 PM

                  Yes. Frankies' meatball sandwich is my favorite in the city.

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                  Blumie Aug 9, 2013 05:19 PM

                  Of the places being discussed in this thread, the only place where I've had the spaghetti and meatballs is Le Zie, so while I can't claim they're the best, I can say they're amazing. And I don't even know why. It's not that the meatballs are the best (the meatballs at Frankies are my favorite -- and in general I prefer Frankies over Le Zie). It's just something about the way they assemble the whole package that's wonderful.

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                  1. re: Blumie
                    foodwhisperer Aug 9, 2013 05:59 PM

                    The meatballs IMO at Frankies are good. That are not amazing, they Meatball Shoppe meatballs are as good as Frankies, perhaps because those MBS guys came from Frankies. Rubirosa's meatballs I find are overrated too.
                    Bar Pitti has good meatballs. Dominick's in the Bronx has excellent meatballs but they are huge. Terroir has delicious veal meatballs. No one's meatballs are as good as homemade.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer
                      Blumie Aug 10, 2013 10:56 AM

                      The meatballs from Meatball Shop are no where near as good as the ones from Frankies.

                  2. Phil Ogelos Aug 10, 2013 11:07 AM

                    The catherine-wheel lunacy of the responses to the OP reminds me of the time I was working in the town of Saranda.

                    My driver asked a knowledgeable-looking man on the street, "Where's the best seafood restaurant in town?"
                    The man, ambling, answered, "Sorry, it closed a month ago."

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                      maxinvenice Aug 11, 2013 07:33 AM

                      Malatesta!! Best meatballs I tasted outside Italy... And I'm italian... so as you know only my grandma is better :D

                      1. ipsedixit Aug 11, 2013 09:23 PM

                        You might want to check out the new Quality Italian in Midtown (57st/6).

                        A colleague was just raving about their meatballs, although you'd have to settle for rigatoni.

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                          Klocke Aug 12, 2013 11:05 AM

                          I would have said Piccolo Angelo but they are closed on Mondays. That being said Rubirosa is always good and we like the vibe there.

                          1. Ziggy41 Aug 12, 2013 11:23 AM

                            I dont normally eat meatballs, but when I do, I go to Enoteca Maria in Staten Island.

                            Also Torino native Merilu of Merilu Pizza on 9th and 52nd makes nice meatballs on the weekends. But these are spaghetti-less

                            Although a recent trip to Italy changed everything I know about meatballs

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                              BigV Aug 21, 2013 06:50 AM

                              Went with Rubirosa - which was really good. Thanks for the recommendations. We tried the pizza, too, which I actually didn't care for. The seasonal peach cobbler for dessert was also fantastic.

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