New Jersey is home to all of the best kinds of meatballs – parm, sliders, spicy, and don’t forget Snooki herself! With National Meatball Day on March 9, The Montclair Girl has compiled a list of some of the most notable meatball spots in Montclair and Essex County. Read on below for how to honor and enjoy this staple dish in the area.
Ah’Pizz | 7 N Willow Street, Montclair
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Since we basically live in pizza heaven, The Montclair Girl just had to add a pizzeria to this list. Ah’Pizz is a BYOB spot in Montclair that brings authentic brick oven pizza to life and is known for its meatball and sausage pies. Guests can also opt for the Polpette Sliders, which include veal meatballs stuffed with fontina.
Belgiovine’s Italian Deli | 714 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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A community favorite deli in the Montclair area, Belgiovine’s is the perfect place to stop for an affordable and authentic meatball meal. Check out the meatball parm sandwich, created with house-made meatballs and freshly melted mutz, or order the side dish of meatballs. For more information on meals under $10, check our local guide here.
Laboratorio Kitchen | 615 Bloomfield Street, Montclair
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For those who love Instagrammable dishes and intimate vibes, Laboratorio Kitchen is the spot. This BYOB modern American restaurant offers so many fun options, including a giant veal and beef meatball appetizer. For pasta lovers, there is also a fresh pappardelle dinner served with Laboratorio’s signature huge meatball.
MishMish Cafe | 631 1/2 Valley Road, Montclair
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MishMish is a must-try in Upper Montclair offering Mediterranean dishes that are locally sourced with seasonal ingredients. For an out-of-the-box option, try the Lamb Meatball Shakshuka, which is made with house-made gluten-free lamb meatballs. This spot also offers other healthy options like lamb meatball bowls or bundles served with hummus and Mediterranean salad.
Popolari | 1047 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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There’s a reason this locale’s name translates to “popular.” Popolari Pizza and Pasta bar serves up retro Milan vibes and classic dishes with modern elements. Visitors need to try the meatball appetizer or even the Arancini con carne, which are the house rice balls stuffed with ground beef.
Salute Brick Oven Bistro | 173 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
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Spaghetti and meatballs are always a classic combo, but diners can indulge in the spiral pasta dish at Salute Montclair for something a little different. The pasta and meatballs are smothered in whipped ricotta and slow-cooked tomato ragu. Guests can also enjoy the heated outdoor area for great winter dining.