Meat-a-ball! Quest for the Best

Ever since we saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love, Rick has lusted for spaghetti and meatballs. Since, we have been on a quest to find the best in Fresno. Hate to admit it, but after the movie no Italian restaurant was open. We did find one, Appleby’s, open until midnight. Rick found a semblance of pasta and meatballs but sadly, fettuccine with a combination of Alf redo and red sauce. Italian grandmothers’ were rollin’ over in their graves. Actually, the pasta dish was adequate; not that bad, not authentic Italian, but what is at Appleby’s? Since, we have tasted spaghetti and meatballs at Vini, Vidi, Vinci, a special I hear from the locals that I sat next to at the bar. Meatballs made from Angus beef, not bad. Spaghetti, cooked al dente and a red sauce rich with flavor. The next version, Piazza del Pane, soared with taste, flavor and preparation. Perfectly cooked, perfectly balanced red sauce and meatballs. Really good. 

On to the next: Another restaurant we frequent due to the hours of operation (open until 10PM) is Yukon Jack’s, located at the Herndon/99 exit. The food is good and the price is right. Spaghetti and meatballs? On the edge, I tasted a bit of Chef Boy-ar-dee in the sauce. A bit too fresh or quickly made in the kitchen; without melding the flavors that a great sauté or the time to improve the sauce would accomplish. The meatballs, not bad. The pasta was not al dente, but not terribly overcooked, all in all actually decent.

So far, we tried spaghetti meatballs at places we frequent. Now that we are on the quest, we will also check in on DiCicco’s, Ovidio’s and a recent local favorite in Clovis, Andiamo, the real thing. 

Anyone know of great spaghetti and ‘meat-a-balls’ in town? Please comment. I would love to hear of your favorites. You could save me the tasting calories tryin’ to find the best in town! 

Love and Garlic, Nancy V Mindful that every supper could be our last. Mangia bene.

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