Tom is Italian and his love language is spelled FOOD, so this date was going to be memorable. At least that was my hope.
Located on Goldenrod Road, we had a long drive to get there, but it was well worth it!
The restaurant is in a small strip center. Non-impressive until you walk in the door. It felt like Home! From the owners welcoming us to come in and have a seat, to the smells of garlic and sauce simmering somewhere in the kitchen, to the huge wall of love displaying photos of family and friends obviously dear to our hosts. It is clear, this couple loves what they do so much they want their customers to feel like family. It worked!
Meet Jeff and Isabella Morgia.
When we asked Jeff about the restaurant, he asked if he could have a seat saying he doesn’t like to look down on his customers. We welcomed him at our table. 😊
He shared how they started the business, about his wife’s background in the restaurant industry, and his experience in corporate America. Together they have discovered something they can do together that they enjoy. And they do it well!
They offer 12 different varieties of meatballs with many gluten-free and vegan options. Their sauces are all GF.
We ordered the Meatball Flight of 5 meatballs, a side, focaccia bread, drink and cannoli to share at $19.95. You can choose 5 different meatballs if you wish, or any combination of your favorites. We picked three sausage, peppers and onions, and two traditional. They were fabulous! The texture was firm, but not dry. Seasoned well and hot out of the pot. We ate slowly to enjoy every bite!
It was a treat to discover that The Food Network Star–Guy Fieri, of Diners, Dives and Drive-in’s had featured The Meatball Stoppe a year ago.
Jeff said his business increased 300% as a result. We loved hearing what it was like to go through production of one of our favorite shows. Always much more work than you realize when you commit. I (Debi) found this out when I was on the Family Feud back in 2010.
We loved our time and invite you to make plans to visit The Meatball Stoppe. If you follow them on Facebook you can be informed when they are hosting special events, like the monthly tribute to Frank Sinatra.
This place is a true gem we highly recommend.
Love the restaurant and the people who own the business. Count them as dear friends.
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We felt like “dear friends” after our first meeting. 😊