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NYCWFF: Meatball Madness 2010 hosted by Giada De Laurentiis


Giada De Laurentiis was the perfect host for this modern Italian feast. Meatball Madness is in its second year and Giada’s energy is still boundless. There’s always a long line of fans waiting at her booth to get a picture with her and taste her cooking. And, she never fails to charm everyone. Her meatballs, Meatballs a la Pizzaiola served with tomato basil sauce were delicious too. I think this recipe was better than last year’s. It was moist with a lot of freshness from the basil.

My Favorite:

Osteria del Circo’s Classic Tuscan “Polpetta” Meatballs with Home Made Focaccia made by Mama Egidiana Maccioni. The size was perfect. The meatball was moist. And, served by an authentic Italian mama.

The Winner:

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: (1) Winner of the 2nd Meatball Madness was Mia Donna’s Donatella Arpaia posing for a quick picture with her mama. (2) The winning meatball – Meatball Slider on Potato Focaccia with Cacciocavallo Cheese. (3) The real winner was Mia Donna’s Coconut Cupcake. THE BEST EVER !!

My Runner Ups:

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: (1) SD26 Restaurant and Wine Bar served an array of Italian Salumi, Cheeses and Marinated Vegetables. (2) I tossed in my token for them because I had the best experience at their booth. The meats were buttery, the colors explosive and the parmesean wheel was pure indulgence. (3) Prociutto being sliced from the bone.

The surprise meatball of the night was served up by Missy Robbins, chef of A Voce. I didn’t realize she was so talented. Her meatball which was Ricotta Filled with Calabrian Chili and Fennel was absolutely delicious !!

Defending champion Andrew Carmellini served his winning Lamb Meatball Sliders with Caprino, Pickled Cucumber, Dandelion Salad with Lamb Vinaigrette. And, I spied a temporary tattoo on his hand which said “I Heart Lamb”.

The most anticipated meatball of the night: There was so much press about how good their meatballs are that one expects too much. But, Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of the The Meatball Shop did not disappoint. Their Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meatsauce with Polenta was perfect.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: (1) Anne Burrell stopped at Giada’s booth for some catching up and for some meatballs. (2) Aarti Sequeira host of Food Network’s Aarti Party making the meatball rounds. (3) Katie Lee being interviewed by Gotham.

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