Not all meatballs are created equal. Pork vs beef vs lamb vs veal vs duck vs some proprietary combination thereof, round or oblong, firm or tender, swathed in sauce or in the buff…these are all critical factors. And yes, in this particular case, size does matter.
Feel like one of the family at this joyful little slice of Italia, where the waiters all have accents, there’s always a game of futbol on the tv, and the pasta, wine and conversation flow freely. In fair weather, the sidewalk tables afford eccellente people-watching.
If you aren’t looking for this little Spanish haven, you probably won’t find it—but the narrow and unassuming storefront’s frosted windows are hiding one of the sexiest destinations in town. Big paella pans, small plates, full-bodied wines, and an adventurous date—score!
This simple, homey, ultra-romantic downtown secret is just the place for a hot date, what with the authentic Roma-inspired menu and inexpensive Italian wines. The spaghetti con le polpette alone could jumpstart a love affair. Or, you know, end it, if you aren’t much for sharing. (In which case, we’re through.)
Whether you’re hanging out pining for your table at their tiny sister restaurant next door, or just there for some downtime in the cozy lounge with a bottle of Barbera and a few orders of lamb meatballs, this fun Italian spot’s got your (hopefully not hairy) back.
Imperial has a lot going for it—it’s attractive, it lives in a great part of town, it’s very popular but still friendly, it has exceptional taste in food and wine, and it makes some pretty amazing duck meatballs. You should go order them right now.
Everyone at this funky little spot seems to be having a great time, but what do you expect at a place whose motto is Put Our Balls in Your Mouth? Love the classic Italian meatball sliders & fresh hot waffle balls with chocolate sauce. Vegans, get the nutballs with hazelnut arugula pesto.