May 3, 2010
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a tasting for Mama Mancini’s Famous Meatballs. Meatballs are something I rarely tackle in my own kitchen. They are time consuming and tricky to pull off perfectly. And that is exactly why Mama Mancini’s meatballs are such a revelation. These meatballs are exactly what you would make, if you had the time and a fantastic Italian grandma to teach you all the little tips that you most certainly need to make a great meatball.
Daniel Mancini, the creator of Mama Mancini’s Famous Meatballs In Sunday Sauce, began his business with the idea that sharing meals with family and friends is one of life’s great joys. He told me that he would be cooking the recipes he’d learned from his Grandmother, Ana Mancini, and that his friends and family would gather around to share, not just the food he was making but also in the camaraderie that comes from sharing in such an experience together.
His idea was bring a product to the market that could bring people to the table in the same way. That is exactly what he created. The meatballs taste entirely homemade. There is not a whisper of anything artificial in the flavor, and with good reason, the ingredients are as straightforward as can be; Ground beef, breadcrumbs, Romano cheese, whole eggs, onion, parsley salt and pepper. The Sunday Sauce follows along the same lines using only, Italian plum tomatoes, onion, olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper; the sauce has a delightful and fresh tomato flavor.
It is exciting to know that in this day and age, where fillers are so often substituted for good, simple ingredients that are cooked slowly and with attention to detail, that when you pick up Mama Mancini’s Famous Meatballs in Sunday Sauce you will feel as good about feeding them to your family as if you’d spent the hours in the kitchen cooking them yourself!