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Where to Eat Great Meatballs from Coast to Coast

Whether bite-sized or massive, appetizer or entree, served with sauce or spaghetti, paired with mashed potatoes, or even served on top of a pizza, here's where to find meatballs that are savory and satisfying.

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Meatball Madness

Meatballs are culinary ambassadors, offering diners a taste of Italy, Sweden, Japan and beyond. Whether bite-sized or massive, appetizer or entree, served with sauce or spaghetti, paired with mashed potatoes, or even served on top of a pizza, meatballs are savory and satisfying — and loved by kids and adults alike.

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Atlanta: Sugo

Sugo, an Italian and Greek family restaurant in the Johns Creek suburb of Atlanta, serves one massive meatball as an appetizer made with sausage and stuffed with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and dates, then doused in tomato basil sauce. The meatball is so popular that the restaurant owner has hosted classes on how to make it.

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Baltimore: Aggio

Chef Bryan Voltaggio's relaxed fine dining restaurant utilizes local ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic. The meatballs are on the traditional side, braised in a bright tomato sauce with basil, served over homemade chitarra pasta and topped with Parmesan. The restaurant also offers a more refined six-course tasting menu that blends luxurious ingredients with modern techniques.

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Chicago: Beatrix

This neighborhood restaurant in River North Chicago serves seasonal comfort food with a twist. Their Japanese chicken meatballs flavored with onion, scallion, ginger and garlic are served with a chili cilantro sauce. A serving of four meatballs makes a perfect snack or starter.

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