Taste Test

Taste Test: Meatballs

Whether served alone, on pasta or in a sub, meatballs hold a special place in everyone’s heart.

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Whether served alone, on pasta or in a sub, meatballs hold a special place in everyone’s heart. We didn’t have to look far for local versions to fill our bellies. Our one piece of advice: try them for yourself.

An Italian Classic
Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana does everything the authentically Italian way, and their meatballs are no exception. The three rich meatballs were perfectly cooked, then topped with house-made San Marzano tomato sauce and seasoned ricotta, then topped with fresh basil. Cosi delizioso. South County Commons, South Kingstown. 783-2900, www.PasqualesPizzeriaRI.com

Gluten-Free Feast
It’s not often gluten-free and meatball go in the same sentence. The chefs over at Bravo Wood Fired Pizza have aimed to achieve that. With success, the meatballs are held together with eggplant, which makes the flavor of the meat really shine through. It was a nice surprise to find fresh herbs in the meatballs, as well as a wonderfully garlicky red sauce to accompany it. 6689 Post Road, North Kingstown. 398-2500, www.BravoWoodFiredPizza.com



Big and Bold
These little balls of savory deliciousness from Chianti’s were full of beef and pork, pan-fried, topped with a simply perfect tomato sauce, ricotta and fresh basil. There are some classics you don’t just mess with. 195 Old Forge Road, East Greenwich. 885-4999, www.ChiantisRI.com



Simplicity Refined

The meatball is a classic at Trattoria Longo, and for good reason. These savory treats reminded us of what it what like to sit around grandma’s table. Topped with a good-to-the-last-drop tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, childhood was on our tastebuds. 12 Canal Street, Westerly. 315-2952, www.CafeLongo.com