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11 Must-Try Meatball Dishes at Boston's Hottest Eateries

By Kaitlynn Miller | March 7, 2018 | Food & Drink

On National Meatball Day (March 9), some of Boston’s hottest eateries are serving up everything from traditional, family recipes to pizza-inspired creations to celebrate the big day. Here, we’ve rounded up the most creative and delicious meatball dishes to try around the city.



Situated right in the heart of Copley Square, Sorellina—an Italian-inspired restaurant from renowned Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano—is a favorite amongst visitors and locals alike. While the menu is comprised of mouthwatering dishes such as eggplant rollatini, gnocchi (potato dumplings, Maine lobster, and Vermont butter), and rack of lamb, we can’t get enough of their coveted maccheroncelli with Brook Farms beef meatballs, Montepulciano sauce, and parmigiano. And the best part about this spot is they offer complimentary car service for transportation within metro Boston, so don’t hesitate to order your favorite bottle of red or wine from their extensive wine list. 1 Huntington Ave., 617-412-4600



Born in Boston, this Italian hot spot is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious bite to eat. A perfect retreat from the bustling city, Davio’s provides and elegant yet welcoming atmosphere perfect for drinks with friends or a romantic evening for two. The extensive menu is filled with everything from crispy fried oysters and Philly cheese steak spring rolls to hand-rolled potato gnocchi and pan-seared scallops to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. However, the best way to begin any meal at this neighborhood eatery is to start with their American kobe beef meatballs with caciocavallo—a recipe passed down to the owner, Steve, from his grandmother. 75 Arlington St., 617-357-4810

Strega Waterfront


Providing diners with harbor views and ultra-glam décor, this waterfront eatery features a menu of old-world Italian classics—such as fettucini strega, linguine with clams, and gamberoni boscaiola—that can’t be missed. Be sure to stop by on March 9 when Strega Waterfront will be celebrating National Meatball Day by offering complimentary mini meatballs with the purchase of any entrée during dinner service. And if you have room for more, order their Mamma Rosetta’s famous meatball, which includes wild mushrooms, veal, parmesan, homemade pomodoro sauce, and whipped ricotta. 1 Marina Park Dr., 617-345-3992



A New York City transplant that continues to elevate Boston’s dining scene, Serafina boasts an eclectic menu of Italian dishes prepared by the city’s most celebrated chefs. If you plan to dine here on March 9, you’re in for a treat as the eatery will be taking their menu up a notch with a few delicious specials in honor of the meatball holiday. For one day only, Serafina will be serving up an authentic spaghetti and meatball entrée, as well as a thin-crust meatball pizza, which is crafted in the restaurant’s XO oven imported from Italy. 10 High St., 617-426-1234



With dishes created by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette, you can’t go wrong when dining at this neighborhood favorite. Perfect for a fun night out with friends, the menu at Coppa is comprised of small and mid-sized plates to be shared like tapas amongst the table. For those looking to celebrate National Meatball Day, a must-order is their Polpette dish, which is meatballs, tomato, and parmigiano cheese. 253 Shawmut Ave., 617-391-0902



Specializing in small bites, pasta made from house-milled flour, and made-to-order risotto, SRV is a must-try in Boston’s dining scene. As the city’s first Venetian-style Bacaro and wine bar, this South End eatery pays homage to traditional Venetian food with their own modern interpretation—including their polette dish. Made with pork and beef meatball, tomato, and parmigiano-reggiano, this plate is the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming meatball holiday. 569 Columbus Ave., 617-536-9500

Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca


Located in Boston’s Seaport, Babbo Pizzeria spans more than 8,700-square-feet and includes three bars for dining—one for pizza, one for antipasti, and one for cocktails. Featuring an open and airy design, the light-filled room is perfect for an upscale yet casual dining experience. Celebrate National Meatball Day with their polpette dish, which includes heritage pork, beef, and Sunday sugo. However, the meatball celebration doesn’t end at this Boston hot spot. Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to close, the restaurant will be offering its bar guests one complimentary order of meatballs with the purchase of any adult beverage. 11 Fan Pier Blvd., 617-421-4466

Restaurant Dante


Boasting spectacular views of the Charles River and Boston’s skyline, Restaurant Dante offers diners a romantic backdrop for their decadent meal. On March 9, start your dinner off with the spot’s coveted meatball dish, which is a family recipe of Chef Dante DeMagistris. Made with traditional pork, the meatballs are pan-fried and finished cooking in a sauce from pig head stock, which is made on-site at the restaurant. 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200

Trattoria Il Panino


Dubbed Boston’s first original trattoria, you can expect to find some of Boston’s best Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at this neighborhood hot spot. For a taste of home cooking, we suggest ordering their mom’s meatballs and ricotta, made with “the best of mom’s recipes”, before moving on to entrées such as veal chop Milanese and zuppa di pesce. 11 Parmenter St., 617-720-1336

Nebo Cucina & Enoteca


Inspired by their family’s classic Italian recipes and travels through Italy, Chef/Owners Carla and Christine Paotta boast an eclectic menu of house-made bread, rustic Italian dishes, and a variety of pizzas at their waterfront restaurant, Nebo Cucina and Enoteca. On National Meatball Day, be sure to order their must-try polpettine, which is homemade fried meatballs, marinara, and pecorino. 520 Atlantic Ave., 617-723-6326



Featuring a modern yet cozy atmosphere reminiscent of Italy’s Almafi Coast, Assaggio’s cuisine incorporates the freshest ingredients into their simple yet flavorful plates—including their meatballs and homemade ricotta dish. However, don’t expect to find out what makes this meal so delicious as the locale keeps this family recipe a secret. 1821, 29 Prince St., 617-227-7380

Photography by: Photography by Kristin Teig (Sorellina); courtesy of Davio’s; Coppa; SRV: Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca; Restaurant Dante; Assaggio; Nebo Cucina & Enoteco; Trattoria iL Panino; via;