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Sep 16, 2013 04:51 PM

Favorite places for meatballs..

Just read a Tasting Table article that recommended Bi-Rite market for theirs.Any other input for favorites would be appreciated as we are meatball addicts.

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  1. my house

    Emmy's Spaghetti Shack

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    1. re: madfoot

      Love your answer. Same here, nothing like homemade.

    2. A16, Pizzaiolo, Tony's, Rotten City

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        +1 for A16.

        It's been a few years since I had them (never get to that neighborhood anymore) but they were memorable.

      2. Zare at Fly Trap, Meatball Mondays --- While I guess we won't see a return of the foie gras-stuffed ones, there's a special surprise each week.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Just checking to make sure this was covered!

          1. re: lakemerritter

            What's your favorite kofta tabrizi there? Thought I'd be more specific to type . . . Zare's are kofta tabrizi made with finely ground/pounded meat, huge in size, and filled.

        2. Tony's Napoletana's meatballs gigante with wild mushroom pancetta robiola = number one best in the city!

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          1. Maybe we can make meatballs the dish of the month next month. I was inspired to nominate them by the insanely delicious meatballs at New World Market on Geary.

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Argh, I wish you had posted this on Sunday. I was just at New World Market for the first time on Sunday evening and would have totally bought meatballs. We bought some frozen pierogi (from Ontario, Canada) which were good!

              1. re: Dave MP

                LOL. If meatballs had been the dish of the month, you already would have heard all about them!

                The meatballs are a hidden treasure, too. When they have them (two out of three times I've looked for them), they're in the small serve-your-self steam table near the front of the store. I think they're veal (or mostly veal) and in a delicious dill-infused sauce.

                1. re: Dave MP

                  Wow ontario canada where i reside has fanous perogies??

                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                  The sausages (wide selection) at New World are very good as well. A friend brings those camping. Always a hit.

                  1. re: ML8000

                    We dropped into New World today and I found the perfect thing: packages with tail ends of several kinds of sausage. That way I didn't have to choose (or over-buy).

                    Windy and I scooped up the last of the meatballs. We also got some tasty-looking stuffed cabbage. $5.99/lb. at the serve-yourself steam table.

                    Windy bought some veal as well. The veal chops looked delicious.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      New World Market? Are you talking about the ones in SF or is there one in Oakalnd?

                      1. re: andee

                        The one in San Francisco. I went by there after a stop into Aroma for more tea.

                      2. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Those meatballs are very good. The stuffed cabbage is decent, but for a moment I was hoping it would be like my great-aunt's recipe. This isn't as sweet. Still good, but the meatballs are better.

                        (The veal is a great deal. It was $3.99 a pound boneless and is spectacular looking. I also got cured salmon for $17.99 a pound or about half what Bi-Rite charges.)

                        1. re: Windy

                          I liked the stuffed cabbage. The borsch was pretty good, too, especially with a dollop of the Russian sour cream. It was one of several house-made soups in quart containers in the last refrigerated case. The chicken noodle looked good, too. Sold by weight at $1.99/lb.

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            I also got perfect half-sour pickles and decent, inexpensive mushroom barley soup. For the soup I'd go to Cinderella's, although it's possible that's where these came from.

                    2. re: Ruth Lafler

                      For a dish of the month, we might have to be more specific. There's a world of difference between Barbacco's polpette and Ikea meatballs.

                      But I think polpette would be an excellent DOTM.

                      1. re: BernalKC

                        Meatballs, polpette, albondigas, frikadellen, köfte, köttbulle … they're just different words for the same thing.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            That's like saying that Gruyere, Cheddar, Roquefort, and Gorgonzola are just different words for the same thing: cheese.

                            1. re: nocharge

                              Cheese is a big, basic category, more like meat.

                              I think meatballs vary more by recipe than by national origin. Some of the recipes they use in Italy are similar to some in Germany, even though one is called polpette and the other is called frikadellen.