Photo: Henri Hollis
Photo: Henri Hollis

Learn how to make the veal meatballs from Osteria Mattone

Careful preparation is key for making the perfect meatball

I absolutely love the veal meatballs at Osteria Mattone. They are so tender. Would love to know how they are made. Thanks! — Mary Scott, Cumming

Osteria’s executive chef Eric Sell was happy to share the recipe. “Being an Italian restaurant we knew we needed a meatball. Our meatballs over at Table and Main are a huge hit but we wanted something completely different. So we went with all veal and tons of cheese. We handle the mix very carefully from start to finish from making sure we don’t over mix it to making sure we don’t over pack them. They should be light and fluffy every time. I have never been a fan of a meatball that sits like a rock in your tummy.”

Beef soup base is available in your grocery store’s prepared soup aisle. And the “cheese” Sell is referring to is the more than a pound of ricotta that goes into the meatball mixture.

The meatballs, “Polpette” on the menu, are available during both lunch and dinner at Osteria Mattone. They’re listed as Neapolitan Braised Veal Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.

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Osteria Mattone, 1095 Canton St., Roswell. 678-878-3378,

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