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A Guide to the Meanest Meatballs In Seattle

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Ahhh, comfort food.  It's what we go for when we need to go into a food-induced fetal position for our battered souls.  It's what we think of when the weather gets cold and we want to feel warm inside.  And it's what we crave when we want to be reminded of family.  

Naturally many swear by their mothers' family recipes for meatballs, likely passed down from generation to generation. But if mom's not here (or even if she is), where in our fair city can we find delicious, hearty meatballs?  Behold, our meatball map, arranged alphabetically, right here.

Lead photo by Creative Commons/J. Annie Wang.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Del Corso

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3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 395-2069
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This hidden gem and member of Seattle's Eater 38 is well known for its Neapolitan pizzas. What you also need to know is that the small plates are to die for, especially the housemade, can't-stop-eating-it Polpettine served in a sweet tomato sauce. In fact, they are so good you'll be tempted to order them for dessert! [Photo Credit]

2. Cafe Lago

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2305 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 329-8005
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Admit it: you've driven past this Montlake gem a dozen times promising yourself that you'd someday check it out and never have. Well, if you love balls--and I mean the meaty kind--get it done. For 25 years, owner Carla Leonardi has been serving the same preparation made with equal parts pork, beef, and veal. Served with a traditional red sauce, they are the proverbial bomb. [Photo Credit]

3. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2192
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In this haven of Sicilian cuisine, the chalkboard menu changes daily, but there's one delicious staple: Spaghetti with fresh Marinara and Meatballs. You can detect the copious amounts of parmesan integrated with the delectable spheres, and it all comes together just like in Lady and the Tramp. [Photo Credit]

4. Lopriore Brothers Pasta Bar

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701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 386-5098
For the past 30 years this Pike Place Market haunt has been serving honest Italian food to locals and tourists alike. But the not-so-secret meatballs are the star here, either served with spaghetti or (as we prefer them) on an old school sandwich. Go large and order the combo with meatballs and sausage, then sit back and relax as the food coma takes hold. [Photo Credit]

5. Ristorante Machiavelli

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1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-7941
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Simple, straightforward pasta preparations shine at this classic, intimate Italian spot, especially the venerable Spaghetti and Meatballs. Get in early to avoid the line often in place when Machiavelli opens, and if you do have to wait, can't beat the people watching in Capitol Hill. [Photo Credit]

6. Salumi

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309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-8772
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This charcuterie and sandwich shop is legendary for its cured meats, but if you're craving something more, brave the lunchtime line and order the meatball sandwich. Made with braised pork neck using Nonna Batali's recipe, these 'balls are covered in rich tomato sauce, peppers and onions, served on a baguette. We can hardly think of a better commemoration of the humble meatball. Go over the top by adding fresh mozarella or provolone (and cancel your afternoon meetings). [Photo Credit]

7. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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When we think of Westward, the first thing that comes to mind is delectable fare from the Mediterranean Sea, but Chef Zoi Antonitsas brings it with the meaty bits as well. Case in point: her Keftethes, Greek meatballs made with the trim from Anderson Ranch Lamb shoulder, blended with leg of lamb. Roasted in the wood oven then served with tzatziki, herb salad and flatbread, they aren't always on the menu, so a must when they are. [Photo Credit]

1. Bar Del Corso

3057 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
This hidden gem and member of Seattle's Eater 38 is well known for its Neapolitan pizzas. What you also need to know is that the small plates are to die for, especially the housemade, can't-stop-eating-it Polpettine served in a sweet tomato sauce. In fact, they are so good you'll be tempted to order them for dessert! [Photo Credit]
3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

2. Cafe Lago

2305 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
Admit it: you've driven past this Montlake gem a dozen times promising yourself that you'd someday check it out and never have. Well, if you love balls--and I mean the meaty kind--get it done. For 25 years, owner Carla Leonardi has been serving the same preparation made with equal parts pork, beef, and veal. Served with a traditional red sauce, they are the proverbial bomb. [Photo Credit]
2305 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

3. La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
In this haven of Sicilian cuisine, the chalkboard menu changes daily, but there's one delicious staple: Spaghetti with fresh Marinara and Meatballs. You can detect the copious amounts of parmesan integrated with the delectable spheres, and it all comes together just like in Lady and the Tramp. [Photo Credit]
4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

4. Lopriore Brothers Pasta Bar

701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
For the past 30 years this Pike Place Market haunt has been serving honest Italian food to locals and tourists alike. But the not-so-secret meatballs are the star here, either served with spaghetti or (as we prefer them) on an old school sandwich. Go large and order the combo with meatballs and sausage, then sit back and relax as the food coma takes hold. [Photo Credit]
701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

5. Ristorante Machiavelli

1215 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
Simple, straightforward pasta preparations shine at this classic, intimate Italian spot, especially the venerable Spaghetti and Meatballs. Get in early to avoid the line often in place when Machiavelli opens, and if you do have to wait, can't beat the people watching in Capitol Hill. [Photo Credit]
1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

6. Salumi

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
This charcuterie and sandwich shop is legendary for its cured meats, but if you're craving something more, brave the lunchtime line and order the meatball sandwich. Made with braised pork neck using Nonna Batali's recipe, these 'balls are covered in rich tomato sauce, peppers and onions, served on a baguette. We can hardly think of a better commemoration of the humble meatball. Go over the top by adding fresh mozarella or provolone (and cancel your afternoon meetings). [Photo Credit]
309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
When we think of Westward, the first thing that comes to mind is delectable fare from the Mediterranean Sea, but Chef Zoi Antonitsas brings it with the meaty bits as well. Case in point: her Keftethes, Greek meatballs made with the trim from Anderson Ranch Lamb shoulder, blended with leg of lamb. Roasted in the wood oven then served with tzatziki, herb salad and flatbread, they aren't always on the menu, so a must when they are. [Photo Credit]
2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

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