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Sinatra’s and This Little Pig flex big guns in Meatball Street Brawl

Sunday’s Meatball Street Brawl (Part II) was another grand success. Who would have thought that meatballs would be such a draw? The day started off with a gaggle of judges (media types and Buffalo personalities) heading out in search of the best meatball.

Here come the judges – Photo by Glenn Murray

Each judge was given a score card with five restaurants highlighted. Each restaurant featured a “standard” meatball and a “special” meatball. By the end of the judging, two restaurants (out of 18) walked away with top honors. Sinatra’s won best menu meatball, and This Little Pig won the freestyle and the fan favorite category.

Osteria 166 owner and co-organizer of the festival, Nick Pitillo, stands with David Rivers (L) and Jim Kupczyk (R)
Celebrating with This Little Pig

Highlights of the day included the amazing weather, and some of the best meatballs in the land. Lowlight was The Bills game on the big screen.

The Meatball Street Brawl has proved once again, that there is room for an assortment of culinary festivals dedicated to one type of food fare. It was wild to discover that there are so many different varieties in ‘the land of meatballs’, ranging from turkey dinner meatballs to a vegetarian meatball. The great thing about eating meatballs at a festival is that they are so easy to eat! Just grab a toothpick and you’re good to go.

  • Best Traditional Meatball (Judges’ Vote): Sinatra’s (repeat winner from last year)
  • Best Freestyle Meatball (Judges’ Vote): This Little Pig (Smoked pork and bacon w/North Carolina BBQ sauce)
  • Best Overall Meatball (Fans’ Vote): This Little Pig

Runners-up in the Fan voting were: Tempo (Thanksgiving Meatball) and Marco’s (Banana Pepper Meatball).

It is estimated that 1700 people attended this year’s festival, which bodes well for another festival to roll out in 2018.

Osteria 166 crew shows off the coveted Meatball Street Brawl belt

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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