Meatball & Co., in Darien, was in “soft opening” mode last week in anticipation of next week's "official" opening and CTbites stopped by to taste a few of their meatballs. The main entrance is in the rear of the building and I decided to sit on their patio and enjoy the beautiful weather. The menu is separated into numerous sections so please listen carefully as the server explains the various options.
I chose an assortment of sliders including a Beef with Cheesy Goodness, a Spicy Pork with Pesto and the special of the day, a Buffalo Chicken Slider. Each was served on a delicious and sweet brioche bun from Kneaded Bread in Port Chester.
Chef / Owner Joe Criscuolo showed a deft hand in both the texture and the flavors. The beef was moist and the cheesy goodness was a parmesan cheese sauce, the spicy pork delivered good heat from minced cherry peppers and the pesto was a good choice for the topping and the Buffalo Chicken meatball really kicked up the heat and the texture and moisture were great.
After I finished I spoke with Criscuolo. He handed me a vegetable meatball. I was skeptical but the eggplant and cheese based version was as good as any of the meat-meatballs. With hand cut 100% chuck in each, Meatball & Co. looks like a new place for lunch or a meatball dinner in Darien
Stay tuned as CTbites revisits Meatball and Co. in a few weeks for a full review.
23 Tokeneke Road - Darien, CT - 203-309-5600