In honor of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (in theaters this Friday) we ran a meatball marathon after the film’s premiere. The movie is really good, not just kid stuff but a lot of smart, adult pop culture references and humor. Also a lot of action (referencing Star Wars, Armageddon and other Bruckheimer/Bay blockbusters). Not to mention Mr T voices a great role.
The first stop of the meatball marathon was Larchmont Larder. We grabbed two big meatballs and headed to Mozza 2 Go, where we grabbed some more. Then the comparison began. First, Larchmont Larders’ are softball sized, densely packed meatballs vs Mozza’s small, light fluffy version. Flavorwise they’re quite different. LL’s were on the bland side while Mozza’s were overflowing with garlicky, herb-infused richness. It doesn’t hurt that Mozza’s packaging is so superb- strong, clean, spill-free.
Not satisfied with just two stops we headed to one of my favorite pasta purveyors, Al Gelato. My grandma used to make the sweetest pasta sauce so Al Gelato strikes a childhood cord with me. Their sauce is so plentiful (to the point of overdosing) and sweet (to the point of dessert), that a lot of people hate it. I love it.
We ordered spaghetti with their giant meatballs, the first of which was a bit overcooked but the second was perfect. In terms of density, Al Gelato’s fall between Mozza and Larchmont Larder. They crumble with a poke of the fork but maintain good spongey texture in your mouth. In terms of flavor they can’t compete with Mozza’s, but come in second place for the marathon.
Go see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and if you need meatball recommendations, we didn’t have the stomach capacity to try Dan Tana’s or Dominick’s- both of which have highly esteemed meatballs. Also, I hear Ikea has great meatballs as well. Let me know what you think.