Meatball Madness! Sampling the Orbs of Goodness at Polpette
Lauren Shockey Thanksgiving, but in meatball form
Seems like New York City is going mad for meatballs. In a matter of weeks, the Meatball Shop opened its latest outpost in the West Village, the Meatball Factory launched, and takeout spot Polpette began peddling its orbs in Park Slope adjacent to Fornino. For good reason -- who doesn't love them some balls? We recently stopped into Polpette and sampled all four of the meaty treats on hand. (There's a veggie version, too, but an eggplant-and-mixed bean meatball just doesn't qualify as a meatball in our book. Sorry.)
Meatballs can be had one of four ways: You can get three balls over salad for $7.95; two balls crushed on a roll for $4.95; four balls on a seeded bun for $7.95; or any three balls with sauce for $5.95. Extra balls $2 apiece. We went à la carte with sauce so we could sample the goods in their purest glory
To begin, the good: The Day After Thanksgiving meatball (above) contains ground turkey and cornbread stuffing, topped with thick, home-style gravy. The meatball was tender and moist, and did taste similar to a T-Day spread, minus the cranberry sauce. These would be great with a big plate of creamy mashed potatoes on the side.
Lauren Shockey Pork meatball
Another winner was the Porco Due meatball, which topped ground pork balls with a chunky fennel sausage and tomato cream sauce. Really, you can't go wrong with pork topped with pork. Ideal for a sandwich or on top of pasta.