Every cuisine has its meatball. They are just such an obvious solution to leftover and second-hand cuts of meat, to stretching a scant quantity of meat into enough. We think of Italian red sauce first, but most of us have a Swedish meatball recipe our mother gave us and chicken, turkey, lamb and vegetarian meatballs are delicious and as easy to make.

Still—don’t want to roll your own? Here are some of Salt Lake’s top meatballs.

TRIO: The classic Italian-American meatball, braised in tomato sauce. 680 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-533-8746

CAFFE MOLISE: Polpette di melanzane: Vegetarian eggplant “meatballs” in a shallot and tomato cream with grilled fresh asparagus and polenta. 404 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-364-8833

PULP: Cacci with turkey meatballs, spaghetti squash. 439 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-267-1092

MANOLI’S: Keftethes: pork and beef meatballs, cinnamon tomato sauce, kefalograviera. 402 E. Harvey Milk Blvd., 801-532-3760

Salt Lake's Top Meatballs

MOOCHIES MEATBALLS & MORE: They say “and more” but it’s pretty much meatballs on and in everything. 232 E.800 South, SLC, 801-596-1350

Salt Lake's Top Meatballs

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