Slideshow: Checking in on Donatella's Meatballs

Polpette di Vitello ($13)
Polpette di Vitello ($13)
For the most concentrated meatball fix, have an appetizer order of the polpette di vitello. Pictured here is a colossal portion—usually the restaurant serves four per order. Whether or not they're the absolute best in the city, they're certainly up there: light, salty, and simple. There's nothing too fancy about these meatballs, and that's how they're meant to be; Arapia told us that when it comes to her recipe, she works under a "less is more" philosophy. You have a choice between sweet and spicy (which isn't super hot, just spicy enough to add a pleasant heat to the dish).
Polpette Pizza ($17)
Polpette Pizza ($17)
Meatball Sandwich ($12)
Meatball Sandwich ($12)
Plate of meatballs and meatball pizza not cutting it for you? During lunch service at Donatella you can order a meatball sandwich, which features the veal meatballs, tomato sauce, arugula, smoked mozzarella, and a hint of chili oil. The bread is actually a saltimbocca made from the same dough as the pie crust, making for a thin yet sturdy encasement.
Donatella Herself
Donatella Herself
Donatella is nine months pregnant as of this writing, so her newest little polpette should be on his or her way any day now...
Jarett Appell
Jarett Appell
Executive chef Appell is the man who developed the famous meatball recipe with Arapia, and who is most often working the flashiest oven in town.
The Oven
The Oven
It may be in the back of the restaurant, but Donatella's gold tiled pizza oven is very, very hard to miss.