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Memorable meatballs on LI

Pasta with meatballs is served at Primo Piatto,

Pasta with meatballs is served at Primo Piatto, an Italian restaurant in Huntington. (Jan. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

The right combination of ground meat, bread and spices can produce a meatball with the power to lift one's spirits. Try one of these celestial spheres, and you'll understand:

Roast Sandwich House is the place to go for delectable veal, pork and beef meatballs topped with caramelized onions, oven-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cream sauce, served on toasted garlic bread. 827 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, 631-629-4869, roastsandwichhouse.com

If there is, somewhere, a meatball hall of fame, then the spheres served at the new Primo Piatto in Huntington deserve a place there. The Sicilian-style recipe, from owner Fabrizio Castelli's late mother-in-law, produces meatballs tender and lush, spiced with a mix of boldness and balance and sauced with a bright marinara that coats every al dente strand of spaghetti underneath. I could live on that dish. 138 E. Main St. Huntington, 631-935-1391, primopiattorestaurant.com

The coal-burning oven at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza turns out light, luxurious and knowingly seasoned meatballs, which are plated with a generous dollop of ricotta. 8063 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516- 367-2625 and 137 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-877-7750, anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com

One of many reasons to eat at Ristorante Venere in Westbury is its beautifully seasoned meatballs, which are exactly bready and meaty enough. 841 Carman Ave., Westbury, 516-333-2332, ristorantevenere.com

Meatball sliders are a major attraction at Cafe Formaggio, where light, garlicky globes are topped with shaved Parmesan and tucked between squares of puff pastry. 307 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-333-1718, cafeformaggio.com

Ikea's cafeteria in Hicksville are justifiably famous and a bargain, at that. Right now, the price is $3.99 for 15 eminently likable little meatballs in cream sauce, served with potatoes and lingonberry preserves. 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 516-681-4532

The voluptuous polpette, purportedly nonna's recipe, are served over brightly sauced spaghettini at Circa Enoteca Ristorante, 348 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-280-2234.

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