13 Great Bites at Meatball Madness

[Photos: Christine Tsai]

Meatball Madness was a hot ticket at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival, as evidenced by the sold-out tickets and by the long line stretching far down Mercer Street. We understand; after all, who doesn't love meatballs? Particularly when they're being made by New York's hottest chefs.

With our discerning meatball palates on high alert, we wove our way through the crowd of food-lovers and Food Network lovers alike (Giada De Laurentiis was the evening's host, and Guy Fieri made an appearance), sampling all sorts of meat- (and meatless!) balls.

The Little Owl took first prize, and the Meatball Shop was the popular favorite; but here are our 13 favorite bites of the evening. Check 'em out!