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The poutine at Meatballz Inc. comes with a meatball of choice on top of sturdy fries covered in rich mushroom gravy and cheese curds.EXPAND
The poutine at Meatballz Inc. comes with a meatball of choice on top of sturdy fries covered in rich mushroom gravy and cheese curds.
Meagan Mastriani

National Meatball Day: 5 Places to Find the Best in Greater Phoenix

Another ridiculous food holiday is upon us — National Meatball Day. And while we like to wonder what kind of actual meatball came up with an idea like this, we are also probably thinking about edible meatballs, too.

And we also have a bit of news on this holy day.

In honor of National Meatball Day on Saturday, Stefano Fabbri — the guy behind Pomo Restaurant Group’s Pomo Pizzeria, Luna Gelateria, and Mora Italian — is announcing a new restaurant. It's called Meat the Ball, an will feature a menu of spicy sausage, salmon, veal, and cauliflower meatballs (plus apps and other stuff). It's due to open March 21 at Biltmore Fashion Park.

However, you probably want meatballs now. So, to make it easy on you, here are five places in the Valley where you can order some interesting meatball dishes — which also saves you from a trip to IKEA.

Order meatballs a la carte, inside sliders, or atop indulgent bowls. Vegetable options include Brussels sprouts and salads.EXPAND
Order meatballs a la carte, inside sliders, or atop indulgent bowls. Vegetable options include Brussels sprouts and salads.
Meagan Mastriani

Meatballz Inc.
7342 East Shea Boulevard, # 111, Scottsdale

Serving up gourmet scratch-made meatballs out of its Scottsdale kitchen, Meatballz Inc. is (as we've said before) pretty much what you'd expect. The likes of classic beef, spicy pork, and chicken meatballs can be paired with you choice of sauce or gravy. Interestingly, you can even create your own custom meatball. Meatballz Inc. also has a full bar in case you need to give your fork a break.

Where to eat and drink during the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.EXPAND
Where to eat and drink during the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Debby Wolvos

The Sicilian Butcher
15530 North Tatum Boulevard

Joey Maggiore, of Hash Kitchen and The Maggiore Group, launched this Sicilian restaurant in Scottsdale seemingly for meatball lovers. The restaurant features craft meatballs, all kinds of takes on the humble dish that come all kinds of ways. Once you've picked a meatball, you select one of nine sauces from a roster that contains the likes of vodka sauce, carbonara, and Sicilian almond pesto. Finally, you select a “bottom” to come under your meatballs: fresh pasta, risotto, gnocchi, salad, or bread (for a meatball sandwich).

Raw meatballs are extra-juicy when cooked fresh at Yu Tian Xia Hot Pot.EXPAND
Raw meatballs are extra-juicy when cooked fresh at Yu Tian Xia Hot Pot.
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Yu Tian Xia Hot Pot
1948 West Broadway Road, #106, Mesa

Chinese cooking in the Valley has come a long way, and Yu Tian Xia Hot Pot is one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in town. The name says it all — it's a hot pot place. That means you get a place of raw meatballs, and they are extra-juicy when cooked fresh right in the middle of the table.

Almondigas con Tomate, (spanish meatballs in roasted tomato sauce) at Tapas Papas Frita.EXPAND
Almondigas con Tomate, (spanish meatballs in roasted tomato sauce) at Tapas Papas Frita.
Jackie Mercandetti

Tapas Papa Frita
7114 East Stetson Drive, #210, Scottsdale

As picturesque as they are irresistible, the Albondigas con Tomate at Tapas Papa Frita is another fun order of meatballs. They're Spanish meatballs in a roasted tomato sauce, and they are a highlight of the menu — juicy, tender, and dripping with beefy flavor.

Try the handmade meatball hot sandwich at DeFalco’s Italian Eatery in Scottsdale.EXPAND
Try the handmade meatball hot sandwich at DeFalco’s Italian Eatery in Scottsdale.
Courtesy of DeFalco’s Italian Eatery

DeFalco’s Italian Eatery
2334 North Scottsdale Road, Suite A133, Scottsdale

This boutique grocery store and deli has been around since 1972 and is known for its appetizers, pasta, and sandwiches. The hot sandwiches section of the menu features the meatball — complete with handmade meatballs, sauce, and melted cheese. Choice of bread includes a sub or wheat roll, seeded sub roll, marble rye, sourdough, nine-grain, focaccia, or crispy baguette.

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