Miami's Ten Best Meatballs

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Laine Doss
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.
Meatballs are so deceptively simple to make: some ground beef, a little egg, and bread crumbs to hold it all together, right? Really good ones also include spices are are left to simmer for hours. Shortcuts are never the answer. In fact, it's best to leave the cooking, along with the Sunday gravy, to Grandma. But if she is too busy playing canasta and golf to cook, here are ten places to get one spicy meatball.

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10. The Meatball Joint
Bernie Matz opened the Meatball Joint only a few weeks ago and it gets our vote for the vast selection of meatballs it offers. You can get lamb, turkey, or even a vegetarian option, but we opt for the classic, made with a beef and pork blend ($8 for four), served with a fire-roasted tomato marinara. In other words, there's a ball for every mouth.

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9. Prime Italian
How much would you pay for a meatball roughly the size of an infant that comes from some of the finest beef available? Did someone say $30? That's the price of Prime Italian's Kobe meatball. It's brick-oven baked, covered with creamy bufala ricotta and soaked in a rich tomato marinara. Served with garlic bread, it's an expensive overindulgence. But oh, so good.

Location Info



Prime Italian

101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Barceloneta Spanish Bistro & Mercat

1400 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3250 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Randazzo's Little Italy

385 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mangia Mia Italian Kitchen

Various locations/Food truck, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

1801 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tudor House Restaurant - CLOSED

1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Pizzeria

3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Pizzeria

3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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C'mon!  This top 10 is a farse.  It is evident you have not done your research.  Cafe Avanti may be a quiet neighborhood restaurant nobody has heard about, but they have by far the best meatballs in Miami. Not having them on your list is a crime.  I have been a fan of Macaluso's for years and give them praise on their meatballs as well as for improving on their bad attitude.  The presentation of their meatballs is superior and their taste is is solid, defnitely worthy of a podium spot.  However, Cafe Avanti is the best meatball in town, moist, tender and with an amazing sauce.  Check them out and judge by yourself!


Mangia Mia Italian is my favorite.  Great Job!!!

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