New meatball-centric eatery spices up Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – A new restaurant with a unique twist on a popular comfort food has arrived in Cincinnati.

Meatball Kitchen, which celebrated its grand opening Friday in the Clifton/Avondale area, focuses on different ways to eat meatballs -- on a sandwich, over pasta or even in a salad.

The menu has beef, turkey, pork and gluten-free vegetarian meatballs served up in different variations. First you pick your meat, then your sauce, how you want it served and any sides. Those hankering for a dessert can also choose from a variety of cupcakes and pies.

"We're bringing to Cincinnati a new approach to fast food," owner Dan Katz said. "We use innovative recipes and fresh ingredients to offer the ultimate comfort food."

Katz, a former New York City restaurant and bar owner, decided to focus on meatballs for the non-chain eatery because of their “delicious diversity and affordable cost.”

Katz said his vision for Meatball Kitchen, at 2912 Vine Street, was to create a comfortable environment where students, locals, couples and families could enjoy good food at an inexpensive price.

"I wanted to provide everyone a place where they can come and get a freshly made meal for $10 or less," Katz said.

Entrée prices range from $6 to 8. Side dishes are $2. House-made desserts range from $2 to 3. Focaccia bread is also served and baked fresh daily.

Meatball Kitchen also serves beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

The eatery is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. It closes at 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The restaurant accommodates about 40 people.

For more information, visit Meatball Kitchen’s official website .

Meatball Kitchen also has a Facebook page .

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