Gallery: 15 Great Bites from Meatball Madness

The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop's Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow were totally in their element last night, serving up their famous meatballs to the happy hoards and slinging the not-so-ocasional ball joke (can you blame them?).
The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop's ball-of-choice for the evening was their spicy pork meatball with spicy meat sauce and creamy polenta. They put up a resoundingly good fight for the people's choice award, which they won last year.
A Voce
A Voce
A Voce served these picture-perect Calabrian style meatballs with charred broccoli.
City Grit
City Grit
These southern sliders are from City Grit—the southern supper-club style brainchild of Food & Wine magazine‚Äôs Home Cook Superstar Sarah Simmons.
Rubirosa
Rubirosa
One of our favorite balls of the night, Rubirosa's "chicken meatball soup" took the much-scoffed-at bird to the next level.
Carmine's
Carmine's
Carmine's meatballs were the most classic: one bite and you recognized it immediately from some great neighborhood red sauce joint in your distant past.
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis served a tasty pressed meatball and prosciutto sandwich. Here we have the pre-pressed version...
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis
...and the post-pressed ooey-gooey crispy cheesy prosciutto-y meatball sandwich. No hoagies here.
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada gladly posed for photos with her admirers.
Edi & The Wolf
Edi & The Wolf
Another one of our favorites of the night: this Austrian-inspired meatball with from Edi & The Wolf is made with pretzel stuffing (for added texture), mustard, aerated potato creme, and thinly sliced garnishes of tangy red cabbage. A far cry from the classic Italian preparation, but equally delicious (if not more so) in its own right.
Casa Pomona
Casa Pomona
These balls come by way of Spain: extra-meaty oxtail-stuffed albondigas (which is just Spanish for meatballs) from Casa Pomona were served with spicy, smoky potato chips.
Gramercy Tavern
Gramercy Tavern
Gramercy Tavern went the classic Mediterranean route with a spicy lamb meatball with yogurt sauce alongside a carrot and pistachio salad.
Hearth
Hearth
Another super-classic interpretation: Hearth's meatball parm.
Hearth
Hearth
Bonus time! Hearth also made adorable (and chocolatey) s'mores tarts. Cause nothing wins over a crowd like chocolate and/or blow torches.
High Heat
High Heat
If you were really getting tired of just plain old balls, High Heat mixed things up with a "broken balls" thin crust pizza with red onion and arugula salad (yes that totally counts as your serving of vegetables for the night).
Fornelletto
Fornelletto
Neapolitan veal and pork meatballs with lemon, capers, and brown butter all the way from Atlantic City's Fornelletto.
Alison Eighteen
Alison Eighteen
Alison Eighteen's home-style meatballs were all elegantly draped with cheese.
Commerce
Commerce
Last but not least, the West Village's Commerce made veal meatballs with creamy polenta (and one tiny, happy-looking mushroom).