The Frusone brothers are fixtures around South Street, from their days at the posh Ristorante San Carlo to the much more casual Gnocchi, which closed a year and a half ago after a 15-year run.
Giancarlo and chef Sandro Frusone are backed by family - Milan (Giancarlo's wife), Giana (Giancarlo's daughter) and Ercole (Sandro's son, who moved from Italy just this week) - in this homey, easy-on-the-budget bar-restaurant, which allows patrons to mix and match up to eight meatball and sauces.
You can get three balls, provolone or mozzarella, in a Sarcone's roll, plus a salad, for $11. How about a plate of four balls with one sauce and focaccia for eight bucks.
Sides, including house-made spaghetti, gnocchi and lasagna, are $5. Desserts, like creme brulee or panna cotta, are $5.
Varieties include beef and spicy meat sauce, vegetarian and pesto, lamb and rosemary red wine reduction, and chicken with sauce a la vodka.
Ten-seat bar serves wine by the glass and bottle, plus bottled and canned beers, spirits and house-made sangria.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.