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  www.avocerestaurant.com
  

 

Accademia di Vino: Kevin Garcia  www.accademiadivino.com
    

 

Barilla: Lorenzo Boni www.barillausa.com
    

 

Bomboloni: David Ruggerio www.bomboloni.com
    

 

Carmine's: Glenn Rolnick  www.carminesnyc.com
    

 

Ciano: Shea Gallante  www.cianonyc.com
    

 

Co.: Jim Lahey  www.co-pane.com
    

 

Felidia: Fortunato Nicotra  www.felidia-nyc.com
    

 

Grandaisy Bakery: Cristobal Julio Guarchaj www.grandaisybakery.com
    

 

I Trulli Ristorante: Patti Jackson  www.itrulli.com
    

 

L’Artusi: Katherine Thompson www.lartusi.com
    

 

LAVO Italian Restaurant: Manuel Treviño www.lavony.com
    

 

Led Zeppole: Francis Garcia and Sal Basile www.ledzeppolenyc.com
    

 

Locanda Verde: Andrew Carmellini  www.locandaverdenyc.com
    

 

Mama Mancini's: Daniel Mancini www.mamamancinis.com
    

 

Mia Dona: Donatella Arpaia  www.miadona.com
  

 

Motorino: Mathieu Palombino  www.motorinopizza.com
    

 

Northern Spy Food Co.: Nathan Foot  www.northernspyfoodco.com
    

 

Osteria Del Circo: Egidiana Maccioni  www.osteriadelcirco.com
    

 

Peasant: Frank DeCarlo  www.peasantnyc.com
    

 

Porter House New York: Michael Lomonaco  www.porterhousenewyork.com
    

 

Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria: Nate Appleman  www.pulinosny.com
    

 

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Fabrizio Carro  www.trumpsohohotel.com/food-and-wine/quattro.asp
    

 

Salumeria Rosi: Cesare Casella  www.salumeriarosi.com
    

 

SD26: Matteo Bergamini www.sd26ny.com
    

 

Tarallucci e Vino: Riccardo Bilotta  www.taralluccievino.net
    

 

The Lion: John DeLucie  www.thelionnyc.com
    

 

The Meatball Shop: Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow  www.themeatballshop.com

 

 

Trattoria L'incontro: Rocco Sacramone  www.trattorialincontro.com

 

Flickr: nycfoodandwine

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