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Pictures From Meatball Madness

Ground Meat Galore at Meatball Madness!

Besides revealing a little of her personal life at a demonstration, Giada De Laurentiis also hosted one of the kickoff parties to the Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival. On Thursday night she was taking pictures and passing out meatballs at Meatball Madness, a walk-around competition that featured over 30 of New York's Italian restaurants and chefs.
While I thoroughly enjoyed Nate Appleman's (of Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria) pepperoni meatball, my favorite was from Missy Robbins of A Voce. Her meatball was stuffed with a wonderfully creamy herb and ricotta mixture. The top prize of the people's choice award, however, went to Mia Dona's Donatella Arpaia. Her tasty meatball was served slider-style on potato focaccia with cacciocavallo cheese. It was spicy and pretty darn delicious!

This plump meatball was decent, but the polenta it was sitting on tasted more flavorful than the meatball itself.

The winning meatball was finger-licking good.

Each table had a sign that explained the meatball.

Another meatball where I preferred the accompaniment to the meat.

This meatball was paired with a thick ricotta; it was rich and succulent.

To get a better look at the event, check out the photos after the jump.

This plump meatball was decent, but the polenta it was sitting on tasted more flavorful than the meatball itself.

The winning meatball was finger-licking good.

Each table had a sign that explained the meatball.

Another meatball where I preferred the accompaniment to the meat.

This meatball was paired with a thick ricotta; it was rich and succulent.

Giada was there and such a huge crowd surrounded her that I couldn't get any closer than this!

This was an experimental meatball with foam!

Another slider.

This meatball was served with a delicious broccoli rabe.

Classic meatballs in tomato sauce.

Another red-sauced ball with a dollop of ricotta.

My favorite with a secret inside: herbed ricotta!

The pepperoni meatball was served with a fonduta.
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