• The Art of the Meatball

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    By Austin O’Brien

    Cape Cod may be known for its fish, but let’s be honest. There’s always a pizza or Italian meal lurking right around the corner.

    We can’t always get to the North End in Boston or Federal Hill in Providence. So, let’s discover together the best Italian. For me, I like to start with the meatball as a leading indicator.

    It’s always been one of my favorite foods, ever since mom served it to the kids, and that we serve to ours.

    For some local restaurants, the meatball is viewed as a signature dish, something that when you bite into it, your eyes open wide and you are left speechless. Okay, that’s because your mouth is full of the meatball. (I can still remember my mom saying, “Don’t talk with your mouth open”).

    But, still…

    For me, what a good meatball comes down to is the quality of the beef, pork or (maybe) veal used. Then, there is the bread crumbs, vegetables and seasonings.

    Where do you go for your favorite Italian?

    Here are some of my favorites Italian restaurants on the Cape, including a featured dish from their dinner menus (and not necessarily with meatballs). In some cases, I picked signature dishes that carry the restaurant’s name.

    Columbo’s Café
    Roasted cod a la Columbo
    And try their gelato
    544 Main Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601

    Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse
    Buca’s Bolognese
    4 Depot Road
    Harwich, MA 02645

    Alberto’s Ristorante
    Pan-seared chicken or veal Alberto
    360 Main Street
    Hyannis, MA. 02601

    Osteria La Civetta
    Beef and potato stew with crispy polenta
    133 Main Street
    Falmouth, MA 02540

    Front Street
    Eggplant and portabello (with veal) al forno
    230 Commercial Street
    Provincetown, MA 02657
    (508) 487-9715

    There are dozens of Italian restaurants on the Cape. What’s your favorite? Also, share your favorite menu offerings there as well. You can reach me at austin@luxxcapecod.com. Send photos of your experience.

    And especially: Nominate your favorite meatball dish. We’ll head out to taste it ourselves and if we deem your choice the best, join us for dinner for four to share your favorite meatballs.

    February 08, 2014