The meatball… sweet, heavenly meatball. This meaty delight has graced plates for generations but recently it has become more than just a dish included with spaghetti and drenched in mouth-watering sauce. Whether it’s part of a hero or included with a pasta, this venerable ball of beef, pork, veal, or whatever meat you prefer, never gets boring. These local spots are especially proud of their recipes.
2023: Long Islanders Voted Chubs Meats Best Meatball!
2598 Route 112, Medford
(631) 475-9191 – chubsmeats112.com
If you’re Italian, Nona isn’t going to be happy about this win. Why? Because she has competition. Best of Long Island Meatball winner Ryan Jones has some explaining to do! Originally featured only on the Nona Stiano Hero, Jones’ meatballs shine through as the star of the show due to their Sunday dinner-quality and depth of flavor. In homage to the big win, check out Jones’ new creation, The Enza, served with their award-winning meatballs, vodka, pesto, and ricotta on a fresh semolina garlic hero. Victory is savory and piping hot!
2022: Long Islanders Voted Grandpa Tony’s Best Meatball!
101 Althouse Ave, East Rockaway
(516) 799-8669 – grandpatonysli.com
Grandpa Tony’s is located in the heart of East Rockaway on the “quarter-mile”— a waterfront strip of up-and-coming restaurants. The two-floor restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating on both floors. Grandpa Tony’s offers traditional Italian cuisine with modern twists. Their Margherita style pizza is cooked in a rotating wood-fire oven, the only one of its kind in the area. The pizza chef explained the rotating stone helps to cook pies quicker and evenly. Along with the classic Margherita pies, they offer award-winning custom creations such as the Pizza Alla Vodka. The Pizza Alla Vodka is a pie topped with creamy vodka sauce, prosciutto, peas, and mushrooms. Other modern twists on classic cuisine are found on their rotating seasonal menu. A current summer favorite is the Burrata Burger. The Burrata Burger is an all-beef patty topped with roasted peppers, bruschetta, and a burrata ball on a brioche bun. Another summer favorite is the buffalo cauliflower bites!
2021: Long Islanders Voted Grandpa Tony’s Best Meatball!
101 Althouse Ave, East Rockaway
(516) 799-8669 – grandpatonysli.com
Meatballs are awesome. They are a dream to eat and when you do make sure they are the very best. The dish is king in this cozy and popular Italian eatery where a legendary favorite is Grandpa Tony’s Meatball Bomb. The intense app comes with ricotta on top and is served in a fresh bread bowl. Yum. Meatball Parmigiana Hero or Meatball Salad – a bowl feast of lettuce, onion, tomato, celery, and meatballs with tomato sauce poured over – among options at Grandpa Tony’s to enjoy the popular dish. And what better way is there to enjoy them outside of your own grandpa’s kitchen than in a family-friendly eatery with a warm ambiance, and the best crew ever, to serve up the dish?
2020: Long Islanders Voted Pizzatini Best Meatball!
185 Henry St, Hempstead
(516) 280-8226 – pizzatini.com
Spaghetti and meatballs, anyone? Or maybe just meatballs? No matter the option, Pizzatini’s meatballs are the ‘creme de la creme’ of Long Island. It can be easy to overcook a meatball and have it lose its flavor as a result. But each of Pizzatini’s meatballs are cooked to perfection while retaining its juiciness and allure. Top off your already tasty meatball in their signature sauce. Whether you order it with an entree or by itself, the power of a great meatball dish is purely undeniable.
2019: Long Islanders Voted Pizzatini Best Meatball!
185 Henry St., Hempstead
(516) 280-8226 – www.pizzatini.com
You’ll be rolling in delight when you indulge in the meatballs served as Pizzatini. They’re known for their pizza, of course, but their overall Italian food experience can’t be beaten. Their meatballs are terrific and served fresh for you. Located conveniently in Hempstead, Pizzatini features great service and great food. You can even order online at their website or over the phone. There’s a number of ways to get their delicious, authentic Italian food to you and your family’s mouths. It’s a great place to get pizza, meatballs or whatever Italian cuisine you’re looking for, all prepared fresh for you by Pizzatini’s excellent and helpful staff. Pizzatini is known for being family owned and they are preserving the art & tradition of the New York/Italian pizzeria. Pick-up, catering or delivery; quality & freshness is guaranteed!
2018: Long Islanders Voted Mario’s Pizza & Restaurant Best Meatball on Long Island
Mario’s Pizza & Restaurant
655 Broadway, Massapequa.
(516) 797-1122. mariosmassapequa.com
You’d never know Mario’s was established in only 1998, with all the love that has been put into Mario’s recipes; and their customers can tell! With sauce made fresh daily, the meatballs you’ll find at Mario’s are beyond compare… You’ll just have to head on over and find out where all the buzz – and that delicious aroma – is coming from: Mario’s!
2017: Long Islanders Voted Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Best Meatball on Long Island
Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria 91 Forest Ave., Glen Cove. 516-759-1366. vitospizzany.com Making the perfect meatball is an art that requires a lot of practice and precision. Though difficult to achieve, it is possible. Just look at Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. From a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish to meatball parmigiana, this Italian restaurant knows meatballs. Stop in today and see for yourself—you’ll be thanking us after you do, and planning your next trip to Vito’s so you can try another scrumptious meal!
2016: Long Islanders Voted That Meetball Place Best Meatball on Long Island
That Meetball Place 54 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-569-5888. thatmeetballplaceli.com The complete list of mouth-watering meatballs created in this popular go-to eats-and-gathering spot is far too lengthy to recite here. From spinach and feta cheese-infused Chicken Balls to saffron rice, lobster and red pepper-packed Lobster Risotto Balls, to everything meatball-related in between (including Veggie Balls), That Meetball Place is guaranteed to leave you full, smiling, and looking forward to your next meatball adventure!
2015: Long Islanders Voted That Meetball Place Best Meatball on Long Island!
That Meetball Place 54 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-569-5888. thatmeetballplaceli.com Remember growing up and smelling that oh-so magical aroma of your grandma’s meatballs wafting from her kitchen, it almost magnetically summoned you to investigate, relish, and sample them. Well that experience is recreated daily in Patchogue. The Meetball Place’s goal is “to create an atmosphere for friends and families to gather together and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed environment with a great vibe and simple food like grandma used to make.” Utilizing only the freshest ingredients, its chef molds meatballs that will have you saying “Mama Mia that’s a spicy meatball!”
Our idea began years ago when we realized the simplicity of the meatball and how it is a comfort food to many. We all grew up with our Grandmothers making Sunday dinner and “The Meatball” being the focal point of the day. We cherish those days of coming together with our families and the memories we created. Our goal here at “That Meetball Place” is to create an atmosphere for friends and families to gather together and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed environment with a great vibe and simple food like grandma used to make. Our chef has taken fresh ingredients and developed meatballs, salads & sides to satisfy everyone in your family. We are excited for you to join us on this journey and please make us your “Place to meet and have a ball!”