There are so many glorious reasons to love meatballs. They can be eaten alone as an appetizer or they can be a full meal on their own or they can co-star with a housemade pasta in a balanced and delightful dish. In honor of National Meatball Day, we’ve rounded up the best meat-tastic feasts for you to enjoy today and throughout the year.
Fresh ingredients that are carefully prepared to create memorable dishes are what Chef Angelo Elia stands by. That standard has made this place a staple in the community, and it certainly translates over to the meatballs that are bursting with flavor.
171 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton; 561/993-1234; casa-d-angelo.com
Rebel House – Lobster Meatballs
Taking the traditional meatball and turning it on its head, chef Eric Baker is serving up this shareable plate with ricotta gnocchi, crispy pancetta and a to-die-for vodka sauce.
297 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton; 561/353-5888; rebelhouseboca.com
The meatballs at this restaurant from Chef Clay Conley are a great way to start your meal. The classic dish comes with creamy polenta for perfect dipping and topped with a basil pesto.
1901 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/404.1334; gratowpb.com
For a good balance of indulgence and moderation, this meatball antipasto is served with mixed greens, long hot peppers and fresh ricotta.
3343 East Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/561-2554; cafemartorano.com
To celebrate the day, the family-owned restaurant is giving away a bucket of their famous meatballs on social media. Enter on Instagram by liking its National Meatball post and tagging a friend in the comments. Although the national celebration lands on a Tuesday this year, they’ve extended their Meatball Monday festivities to today, which include $2 juicy meatballs and $5 refreshing classic martinis.
207 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; 561/899-3117; lynoras.com
Vic & Angelos
At this signature Atlantic Avenue restaurant, you’ll be transported to an Italian family meal with Nonna’s Gigante Meatball appetizer that’s served with soft polenta and topped with creamy ricotta.
290 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 561/278-9570; vicandangelos.com