Inside the NYC Food and Wine Festival: Meatball Madness

NYC Food and Wine FestivalAt the festival’s opening event, a night of full-on protein insanity, nearly 30 different meatballs were on offer, from veal to wild game (including boar, venison, and ostrich) to samples of the one-pound monsters on the menu at Lavo. The hot (literally, lit with heavy-duty floodlights) space on Manhattan’s West Side was packed with visitors, as well as chefs, food writers of all stripes, and Food Network personalities, particularly host Giada DiLaurentiis, who drew a crowd wherever she walked.


Crowd favorites included A Voce’s ricotta-blended bites with Calabrian chili and fennel (a special, not served at the restaurant); the spicy signature items from the Meatball Shop; Motorino’s balls blended with 10 years aged pecorino cheese; squab porcini, and black olives with crispy spaghetti from Taralucci e Vino; pork belly-wrapped beef from Salumeria Rosi Parmacotta, and more.


The magic combination of spicy meatballs, sweet miniature coconut cupcakes, and a heaping helping of personal charisma carried the day for Donatella Arpaia’s meatball sliders on potato focaccia topped with caciocavallo cheese, the same ones served from her food cart outside her namesake restaurant, Mia Dona. She credits her mother, who was there serving, with the recipe, but the Arpaia girls aren’t talking when it comes to their secret recipe.


Participating Restaurants, Companies and Chefs:


A Voce: Missy Robbins


Accademia di Vino: Kevin Garcia


Barilla: Lorenzo Boni


Bomboloni: David Ruggerio


Carmine's: Glenn Rolnick


Ciano: Shea Gallante


Co.: Jim Lahey


Felidia: Fortunato Nicotra


Grandaisy Bakery: Cristobal Julio Guarchaj


I Trulli Ristorante: Patti Jackson


L’Artusi: Katherine Thompson


LAVO Italian Restaurant: Manuel Treviño


Led Zeppole: Francis Garcia and Sal Basile


Locanda Verde: Andrew Carmellini


Mama Mancini's: Daniel Mancini


Mia Dona: Donatella Arpaia


Motorino: Mathieu Palombino


Northern Spy Food Co.: Nathan Foot


Osteria Del Circo: Egidiana Maccioni


Peasant: Frank DeCarlo


Porter House New York: Michael Lomonaco


Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria: Nate Appleman


Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Fabrizio Carro


Salumeria Rosi: Cesare Casella


SD26: Matteo Bergamini


Tarallucci e Vino: Riccardo Bilotta


The Lion: John DeLucie


The Meatball Shop: Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow



Trattoria L'incontro: Rocco Sacramone


Flickr: nycfoodandwine

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