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Celebrating National Meatball Day with Pizza

Here are ten places combining the traditional New York slice with the hearty Italian specialty.

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Rubirosa Ristorante
Location: 235 Mulberry St (Little Italy) Owner Aj Pappalardo uses a 57-year-old family recipe to make his pizza. Rubirosa is family-run and inspired by classic Italian-American roots. Two savory and seasoned meats top this massive pie. Mini meatballs and pepperoni decorate this pizza that is flavored with the classic combination of tomato, mozzarella and roasted garlic. You can also top any other pizza on the menu with its homemade meatballs as well.
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Prova Pizza Bar
Location: Grand Central Terminal (Midtown East) Prova is an entire pizza bar located right inside Grand Central Terminal. You can order any one of its 11 pizzas by the slice or as a whole pie. Make sure to grab the Polpette pizza which comes with a Neapolitan ragu, Donatella’s famous meatballs, mozzarella and basil on your next commute. Take your wine with you with its wine to-go cups as well.
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Rachel Feder
Locations: Greenwich Village, East Village, Upper East Side, Chelsea, Astoria, LaGuardia Airport, Park Slope, Bushwick, Bay Ridge Traditionally ordered by the slice because of its thick crust and the fact that it’s super filling, the Meatball Pizza at Artichoke Basille's Pizza is decadent, salty, greasy and rich - in all the best ways. The tomato sauce is cooked down with loads of onions and is much thicker than its Margherita slices, but the crust is still just as crispy and dark as its traditional ones.
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Pizza Beach
Location: 167 Orchard St (Lower East Side), 1426 3rd Ave (Upper East Side) Whenever you’re at Pizza Beach , it automatically feels like you’re relaxing somewhere far, far away from the busy city life. This restaurant resembles a 90’s-centric beachside cafe with wooden rafters lining the walls and hanging ferns. Meatballs made in house top this wood fire made pizza with two types of traditional Italian cheese, fresh mozzarella and ricotta. It’s a perfect pairing with one of its many bright and bold cocktails.
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Rolala Loves
Locations: 376 Classon Ave (Clinton Hill), 63 Clinton St (Lower East Side) Chef and owner Just Bazdarich is known for his wood oven pizzas. He created The Dangerfield which is topped with giant pork and veal meatballs, ricotta, creamy bechamel and garlic chips to pull the entire dish together.
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Cafe Fiorello
Location: 1900 Broadway (Upper West Side) Cafe Fiorello has a Braised Short Rib and Meatball Pizza with tomato sauce and basil. Its crust is thin and crispy, adding some crunch to this hearty and filling dish. Not only are you getting meatballs, but also short ribs that are cooked for hours just to get that perfect pull apart from the bone.
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Ada K./Yelp
Location: 370b West 51st Street (Midtown West) B Side Pizza Bar is known for its crazy pizza concoctions topped with tons of wholesome ingredients. Every pizza has at least six toppings so you definitely will leave feeling more than satisfied. The You Got a Lot a’ Balls pizza comes layered with tomato, meatballs, mozzarella, taleggio and is sprinkled with oregano and peppers. This place uses an 800 degree brick oven, making its pizza taste as authentic as possible.
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Jean-Philippe Gerbi
Location: 32 Spring St (Nolita) Lombardi's is well known and recognized as the first pizzeria in the United States, serving its crispy, baked coal oven pizza in downtown Manhattan since 1905. This place keeps it traditional, using its original baseline recipe of San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil. People come here not only for the classic pizza, but also for the history it holds. The best part? You can top any pizza with beef or pork meatballs - or both.
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Adoro Lei
Location: 287 Hudson St (Tribeca) The Charlotte pizza at Adoro Lei comes topped with veal and pork braised meatballs sliced and laid flat, surrounded by ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce.
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Angel Y./Yelp
Locations: 135 Newark Ave (Jersey City), 911 Kingsley St (Asbury Park) This Jersey joint is known for serving the classic Neapolitan-style pizza. Its Meatball Pizza is made with San Marzano tomatoes, Pecorino Romano, parsley, extra virgin olive oil and is topped with two house-made items - the meatballs and mozzarella. Porta’s mozzarella is made fresh, in house, daily, and the pizza is certified by the American Chapter president of the world’s authority of Neapolitan pizza. You can’t get more authentic than this.
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