Jeff and Isabella Morgia have just recently opened The Meatball Shoppe in East Orlando, and their guests are quickly becoming regulars. The obvious attention to “famiglia” is displayed by the generations of family pictures that adorn the wall of their shop. This sweet couple are all about having families sit down to dinner together, and whether you eat in the shop or take home, you’re sure to find something to please every member of your family.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting The Meatball Shoppe three times and look forward to many more visits. I’ve had the meatball smash (I chose traditional Italian meatballs with a little roasted tomato sauce and a little creamy provolone sauce) with a side of shoppe salad,
the chicken marsala meatballs, with a side of shoppe salad and focaccia,
and the chicken parm with a gem (chicken meatballs, roasted tomato sauce, provolone and fried egg) with a side of shoppe salad.
It’s difficult to choose because everything looks so good..but here’s the process. The first step is choosing what type of meatball you’d like to try, they have several options: Nonna’s traditional Italian, Jeffy’s sausage, Mediterranean-grass-fed lamb (with pita and tatziki), spicy pork, chicken marsala or the reuben ball (traditional Italian topped with reuben sauce). They also offer a vegetarian gluten free meatball.
Then you decide how you want it…on top of a selection of sides offered, alone (served over arugula), or as a “smash” (sandwich-style). You can also add a “gem” (fried egg) to top any of these selections. Sides include creamy polenta, penne pasta, gluten-free pasta, pasta aglia olio, and white bean ragout.
They have some great salad options as sides and I’m personally in love with the shoppe salad. You also can have a piece of their fresh baked focaccia (which comes with some of the meals).
Then you pick a sauce: roasted tomato, Isabella’s signature pesto, creamy provolone, rich marsala mushroom, and spicy pork.
If you need help with deciding, they are always willing to make suggestions and guide you in your choices according to your likes.
Last night I attended a local blogger event at The Meatball Shoppe by invite from Chef Isabella. We learned about her history, her passion for family, food and community, and sampled many dishes. Here are just a few…
The vegetarian meatball over white bean ragout with shoppe salad and focaccia,
traditional Italian meatballs with tomato sauce and topped with ricotta, shoppe salad and focaccia,
spicy pork meatball over penne and topped with a gem, shoppe salad and focaccia,
Mediterranean meatballs over polenta and topped with tzatziki, served with pita and a shoppe salad,
a meatball sampler,
and, some creamy polenta.
Don’t forget to save room for a sweet treat after dinner. You can opt for gelato or Isabella’s signature mini cannoli.
My cannoli was yummy!
Definitely give The Meatball Shoppe a try. They have several weekly specials and also offer Isabella’s Bella Cucina’s Grab n’ Go dishes.
The Meatball Shoppe is located at 7325 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32822 in a small corner plaza at the corner of Lake Underhill and Goldenrod Road. Hours are Monday thru Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and they are closed on Sunday.
You can find more information about The Meatball Shoppe on their website at http://www.themeatballshoppe.co/. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/meatballshoppe. (See Chef Isabella’s page at https://www.facebook.com/IsabellasBellaCucina/timeline?ref=page_internal for catering, personal chef services, private dining and cooking classes.) Follow The Meatball Shoppe on Twitter at @OrlandoMeatball.
Mangia like famiglia with The Meatball Shoppe!