I don’t know about you, but today feels like a meatball sort of day.
The history of the meatball is a long one. Although they’re typically associated with Italian cuisine, cultures all around the world have their own forms of meatballs. Here in Columbus, we’re mostly relegated to the Italian variety. Which is perfectly fine by me, because they’re freaking delicious.
In fact, Columbus loves meatballs so much that we were once home to the World’s Largest Meatball. All of that’s to say that when you’re craving a big ball of meat, this city has your back.
The giant meatball at Marcella’s is one of those things that makes me think that we as a species don’t really know how good we have it. I’d love to tell you that it’s so big that I always have leftovers but that would be a lie. It’s too delicious to leave any of it behind.
Moretti’s of Arlington knows all about delicious meatballs. Moretti’s has been a family own business for over 30 years and they’ve been serving fresh food for decades. Their beef & veal meatballs are iconic.
Scali Ristorante is such a gem. It’s not hidden, loads of people know about their incredible food, but a gem nonetheless. Under all that incredible sauce, you’ll find a traditional style Italian meatball, full of flavor and cooked to perfection.
Swedish meatballs are honestly my favorite non-Italian meatballs. They’re typically served with gravy and mashed potatoes. It sounds absurd but IKEA really does have the best Swedish meatballs in Columbus. If you fall in love with them at the food court, you can buy them frozen to take home and make for yourself!
Maybe it’s because they’re the meatballs of my childhood, but there are few things in this world I find more comforting than an order of Spaghetti and Meatballs from Spaghetti Warehouse. I’d say these are like 20% nostalgia, 80% taste, and I’m okay with that. If there’s one thing I know for sure about meatballs, it’s that they’re supposed to make you feel warm and fuzzy.
I’m going to take some flack for this, I’m sure, but I don’t care that Piada is a fast-casual restaurant. I loved their meatballs when they were giant and I love the smaller ones they sell now. They’re just good, old fashioned street food that you can get pretty affordably and pretty quickly, and I’m not upset about it.
Carfagna’s is one of the most authentic places in this city for Italian cuisine. Whether you’re hitting up their market to buy the meat and pasta to make your own dish at home or you’re ordering meatballs from their restaurants, you will be one happy camper. My mouth is watering just thinking about these things!