100 Favorite Dishes: Meatballs From Cafe Martorano

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 50: Meatballs from Cafe Martorano

It's been the subject of Las Vegas meatball-eating contests and been praised the world over as the biggest, baddest ball around. But one thing's for sure:

Cafe Martorano's meatballs are legit. The South Philly bad boy serves

his balls with a side of salad and a helping of pork-enhanced gravy.

You get a forkful of übersoft meatball (made with pork, veal, beef,

day-old Italian bread, and garlic salt) and scoop it into your mouth

along with some of those vinaigrette-laden greens and whatever tomato

gravy happens to be around. It's even better with a smear of the

slightly sweet, delicately foamy ricotta that Martorano dollops on the

plate. Gold chain not included.

Click here for an archive of the previous 100 Favorite Dishes.

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