Food & Wine is out with its list of what it calls the best meatballs in the United States, and Gabe and Judy Marabella are basking in the glow of another national honor.
The Food & Wine piece is here.
Also on F&W's list of 20 great balls of fire is NYC's Little Owl, whose South Philly-bred owner Joey Campanaro also runs The Village Belle in Queen Village with his brother, Louis.
The Village Belle's gravy meatball sliders (right), sold as appetizers, combine beef, veal, pork, and pecorino in a magical way.
Cupcakes! Saturday, May 11 is the grand opening of Sweet Box Shop at 339 S. 13th St. in Washington Square West. Owner Gretchen Fantini, who still runs her Sweet Box Truck, has added a brick-and-mortar outlet. (She has someone else driving the truck.) From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fantini and staff will hand out minis of signature cupcakes and mimosas. While you're there, buy a pint of her rice pudding, studded with golden raisins.