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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Portland Meatball Co.

Portland Meatball Co. information

// Location104 Exchange St.
Portland, ME 04101

// Hours4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. brunch Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. dinner Sunday

// Contact207-835-0409

// Price Range$$

// Cuisine Type Italian,

// Features

// Reviews

⇢ At Portland Meatball Co., the balls often strike out

020517 Portland Meatball Company

Open since October, Portland Meatball Co. is a casual, mostly Italian-American restaurant where nearly everything is made from scratch, and where, according to executive chef Christian Bassett, “You get a different take on the standard meatball that you’d get in a normal shop.” The restaurant clears its own high bar with its always-tender traditional veal, pork and beef House Ball, which it serves as the centerpiece of several dishes. Among these is the restaurant’s most successful offering: the marinara-moistened meatball sub, gooey with mozzarella. Other meatballs, while ambitious in inspiration, frequently fall flat, as with the off-flavored chicken, dense duck and overfried vegetarian varieties. If you’re in the mood for pasta and meatballs, stick to the house meatball, and request your pasta to be cooked very al dente to account for the kitchen’s habit of turning spaghetti into a starchy mess. To get your pasta fix, you might instead try the surprisingly enjoyable Mac and Cheese sandwich ($9.50), served on toasted wheat bread and flavored with house-made bacon. If you make it to dessert before being turfed out when the restaurant closes early (as it often does), the chocolate-forward tiramisu ($7.25) is a decent choice, or if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for another sandwich – the Nutella Chocolate Delight ($9.50), rich with dark chocolate and melted French brie. No matter what, avoid the greasy, oversauced brownie balls – they are an unfortunate experiment that gives balls a bad name.