Food Paradise: Meatball Paradise

Get ready for hearty helpings of mouthwatering meatball dishes, from cheese-smothered meatball parm perfection in Philadelphia to burly balls of Texas brisket -- and even to a 1-pound wonderball in Las Vegas!

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LAVO, Las Vegas, NV
LAVO, Las Vegas, NV

LAVO, Las Vegas, NV

LAVO Las Vegas's chef Marc Marrone loves his meatballs with fresh whipped ricotta cheese on top. 960 1280

  

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

The meatball recipe at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, WI, differs from a lot of Swedish recipes, most of which call for a mix of pork and beef. Al Johnson's uses 100% beef instead. 960 1280

  

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's menu is a veritable smorgasbord of authentic Swedish cuisine. And with Wisconsin being cow country, you can bet this family-owned restaurant serves up some mean beef meatballs. 960 1280

  

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's adjoining “butik” is stocked with still more stuff that screams “Stockholm.” 960 1280

  

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

Every meatball is made to order at The Meatball Shop in New York. So once the meatballs come out of the oven they are locked and loaded to the customer’s specifications. 960 1280

  

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

Michael and Daniel strive to make The Meatball Shop a meatball-centered restaurant. The meatballs are always the main course here. 960 1280

  

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

Guests at The Meatball Shop can get their balls smothered or smashed -- served over pasta, potatoes, polenta or veggies. 960 1280

  

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

At Bartolini’s in Midlothian, IL, beefy brothers Christopher and Dominic Bartolini challenge their hungriest patrons to take their balls of meat to the max. 960 1280

  

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Every year, Bartolini’s ups the ante with its annual Meatball Eating Championship. Contestants get 7 minutes to chow down in front of a cheering crowd. 960 1280

  

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's meatball recipe comes from Grandfather Bartolini. What this restaurant does differently from everybody else is use Turano bread, produced by a local family-owned business. Bartolini’s soaks the bread in water and then presses it, which makes each meatball nice and fluffy -- with a really nice bite. 960 1280

  

Tombolini's, Tomboll, TX

Tombolini's, Tomboll, TX

Even though Tombolini’s in Tomball, TX, hasn’t been open very long, this neighborhood meatball joint is really on a roll, building a loyal customer base. 960 1280

  

Marabella Meatball Co., Philadelphia, PA

Marabella Meatball Co., Philadelphia, PA

Marabella Meatball Co. in Philadelphia is a family-owned-and-operated restaurant, continuing the traditions into the next generation with their family staple: the meatball. 960 1280

  

Somethin Else Café, New Orleans, LA

Somethin Else Café, New Orleans, LA

Stumbling distance from fabled Bourbon Street, Somethin' Else Cafe in New Orleans lures hungry patrons for an irresistible local favorite: the Boudin Ball. 960 1280

  

Maroni's Cuisine, Northport, NY

Maroni's Cuisine, Northport, NY

One pound of ground chuck, freshly grated onions, garlic, Pecorino Romano, parsley, basil, breadcrumbs, 3 large eggs and whole milk go into each batch of Maroni's homemade meatballs. 960 1280

  

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