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The Meatball Shop Inspires New CBS Comedy

The Meatball Shop Inspires New CBS Comedy

The popular New York meatball restaurant chain has inspired a new as-yet-unnamed CBS comedy

We’ll definitely want to stay tuned for this one!

When Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow opened up their Meatball Shop restaurant in New York, they knew that New Yorkers loved meatballs. But they probably didn’t know that their small restaurant chain would inspire a TV show. According to Deadline, CBS has bought the pilot to an unnamed buddy TV show about two best friends who decide to open up a meatball shop together. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s based on the true story of the Meatball Shop, and owners Holzman and Chernow will be consulting producers on the show.

No word yet on when it will premiere, but here’s a sneak-peek of the synopsis:

“Written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof (Friends, The Wild Thornberrys), the project revolves around two lifelong best friends who are poised to become successful restaurateurs; if they can keep from killing each other. In order to keep their business (and friendship) alive, the two decide to see a couples therapist, who will guide them through life, love, and the fast-paced world of being big-city restaurant owners.”

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CBS' New Show Is Basically 'Scrubs' with Meatballs

If you're a fan of Scrubs and you've been missing Dr. Cox's verbose insults, the Janitor's notorious antics, or J.D. and Turk's one-of-a-kind "guy love," then you might be excited to hear that, according to Deadline, CBS has bought a comedy from Scrubs ' creator, Bill Lawrence. And here's the part that will make your imagination run wild: it's set in a meatball shop. So. how will this all work out? Is it Scrubs filled with meatball terminology? Will someone choke on a meatball and be sent to the Scrubs hospital? And how awesome it would be to see the Janitor return to Bill Lawrence's world with a new job in a new locale? Please oh please let that happen. How glorious would that cameo be?!

While that's all to be determined, one Scrubs trope will certainly be front and center: guy love. In fact, the heart of this show is male friendship, not balls (the joke writes itself). It's inspired by two real life pals, Michael Holzman and Michael Chernow, who own the popular (AND CRAZY DELICIOUS) Meatball Shop chain in New York City. The two realized that despite their friendship, they hated working together, so in order to keep their business running, they sought counseling, and not from a regular therapist — they went to a marriage counselor. Two dudes trying to save a meatball shop with a marriage counselor? You know comedy is bound to ensue. There's no word if the marriage counselor made these two burst out into the chorus from "Guy Love," but a musical episode set in a meatball shop would certainly be delightful.

Holzman and Chernow will serve as consulting producers for the series, which means that you can expect some serious homages to the actual Meatball Shop in the show, which will certainly tickle New York City residents who have visited the real-life restaurant. And never forget the joys of advertising — once the show airs, folks in NYC and the surrounding areas will probably flock to the Meatball Shop's various outposts in droves.

Yet despite the traffic this show might bring to the Meatball Shop — and despite those 12-year-old boy ball jokes that are bound to happen, right? — let us not forget with this show is actually going to be about: food and friendship, the most powerful forces of all.


2 In The Kitchen: Spicy Meatballs, Sauce And Polenta From The Meatball Shop

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop are two winners of the 2013 New York Rising Star Awards. They stopped by the CBS 2 studios to cook up some of the food that has merited the award.

For more information about the Rising Star Awards, click here.

For more information about the Meatball Shop, click here.

Spicy Pork Meatballs, Spicy Meat Sauce, and Polenta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound ground pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 26-ounce boxes diced tomatoes
  • For the Spicy Pork Meatballs:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon pickled, hot kosher salt
  • 4 hot cherry peppers, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh cherry peppers pickling liquid
  • 4 white bread, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground kosher salt
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • ½ cup grated heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Spicy Meat Sauce:
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, ground pork, red pepper flakes, and salt and cook, stirring constantly until the meat is thoroughly cooked and onions are soft and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook 5 minutes more. Add tomatoes and stir constantly until the sauce begins to boil. Cook 35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Season with salt.

For the Spicy Pork Meatballs:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Drizzle olive oil into a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish and coat the entire surface. In a large bowl, combine the pork, salt, cherry peppers, pickling liquid, bread, and eggs, mixing by hand until thoroughly incorporated. Roll the mixture into round, golf ball-size meatballs, making sure to pack the meat firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly and in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid. The meatballs should be touching one another. Roast for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and cooked through. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F. Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in the baking dish before serving.

For the Polenta:
In a medium pot, bring water and salt to a rolling boil in a medium pot over high heat. Whisk in the cornmeal and continue whisking until the water begins to boil again. Lower heat to the lowest setting and continue to cook, stirring every 5 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream, parmesan, and butter. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

To Assemble and Serve:
Plate a scoop of Polenta and top with Spicy Pork Meatballs and Spicy Meat Sauce.


CBS Buys Meatball Restaurant Comedy From Bill Lawrence, Jeff Astrof & All3Media With Production Commitment

In a competitive situation, CBS has made a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Bill Lawrence. Written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof, the project revolves around two lifelong best friends who are poised to become successful restaurateurs &mdash if they can keep from killing each other. In order to keep their business (and friendship) alive, the two decide to see a couples therapist, who will guide them through life, love and the fast-paced world of being big-city restaurant owners.

The setup might draw parallels to the USA dramedy Common Law, about two cop partners whose constant bickering and disdain for each other prompts their commanding officer to send them to a couples therapist. But the Meatball comedy is rooted firmly in reality via Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, who serve as consulting producers. The duo, who own the Meatball Shop restaurants in New York City, are best friends from high school who teamed to open a restaurant together. They soon realized they can’t stand working together, bickering over every decision, but their business took off and, with millions of dollars at stake, they couldn’t break up and had to find a way to hold it together. So they started seeing a marriage counselor.

Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

With the success of their restaurant franchise, which now includes six New York locations, Holzman and Chernow became popular guests on TV programs like Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart and Anderson Live (watch a video below). Companies started reaching out to them to do a reality series, and they did a tape for All3Media America, whose president is Daniel’s brother, Eli Holzman. The company is repped by ICM Partners, which also reps Astrof. The Friends alum had been looking to adapt a comedy format, and the Meatball Shop tape came up in a meeting he had with All3Media executives about scripted formats in their international library. Astrof immediately jumped at the idea as he had had a similar experience working with a longtime friend. The project was set up at Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based. Astrof and Lawrence executive produce with Doozer’s Jeff Ingold and All3 Media America’s Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert.

Astrof serves as showrunner on Doozer/Warner Horizon’s TBS comedy Ground Floor, co-created by Lawrence, who also is repped by ICM Partners. Daniel Holzman is repped by WME Chernow is with WME and Mortar Media.


NYC’s 5 Best Restaurants For Meatballs

Regardless of whether you grew up with a nonna in the kitchen, most people have strong feelings about meatballs, from what meat should be used to how big (or small) they should be to what kind of sauce should be served atop or alongside. At the risk of entering the fray, we&rsquore excited to present the restaurants that make our five favorite meatballs around New York City. Agree? Disagree? Feel free, as always, to leave a comment. By Jessica Allen.

We could eat Alfredo&rsquos meatballs in tomato sauce by the bucketfull. The meatballs at this Italian restaurant in DUMBO might be small, but what they lack in stature they more than make up for in deliciousness. This appetizer comes bathed in red sauce and basil leaves. AlMar also does terrific seafood preparations, including a seasonal seafood salad with calamari, octopus, seppiolina, mussel, and shrimp. So order some seafood, some meatballs, a little wine, and have yourself a very nice surf-and-turf.

Come for the celebrities, stay for the food. This lovely restaurant in Tribeca has earned legions of fans for living up to its tremendous hype (one of the owners is Robert DeNiro). Chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini prepares excellent seasonal Italian specialties, including lamb meatball sliders (an appetizer). These three-bite treats are moist, meaty, and flavorful, — everything you want from a meatball. They come slathered in tomato sauce, topped with Caprino (an Italian cheese made from goat&rsquos milk), and nestled between Parmesan-onion buns made in-house.

The Meatball Shop might be too cheeky by half, if its eponymous product wasn&rsquot so good. &ldquoWe make balls,&rdquo the website declares, and the restaurants themselves are full of puns. This burgeoning chainlet features meatballs: veggie, pork, beef, chicken, and a daily special. You can get &ldquonaked balls&rdquo (just balls in your choice of sauce), smashed balls, sliders, salad topped with balls, or a hero stuffed with balls. You mark what you want on a plastic menu, then hand your completed card to the server. Easy peezy, and oh-so-good. Try the chicken with pesto!

Shortly after winning season one of Top Chef, Harold Dieterle opened Perilla with his business partner. Several restaurants later, the original still packs in the crowds&mdashpartly because this seasonal American restaurant is tiny, but mostly because the food is amazingly good. Speaking of food, the spicy duck meatballs begin when the meat gets mixed with Thai basil and Sriracha. They&rsquore served beneath a raw quail egg and Parmesan cheese, and atop spinach and mint cavatelli. One bite, and you&rsquoll taste why this is Perilla&rsquos signature dish.

The meatballs at Red Rooster are named for the chef/owner&rsquos grandmother Helga. &ldquoI owe my culinary career to her,&rdquo Marcus Samuelsson has said. &ldquoSince she’s the one who first taught me how to cook [in Sweden]. Her meatballs were actually the first dish I learned how to make, as well.&rdquo That&rsquos a lot of backstory to live up to, but Helga&rsquos meatballs succeed. These Swedish meatballs are made from veal, pork, and ground beef, among other ingredients, and are served with buttermilk mashed potatoes, braised green cabbage, and lingonberries.


CBS Buys Meatball Restaurant Comedy From Bill Lawrence, Jeff Astrof & All3Media With Production Commitment

In a competitive situation, CBS has made a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Bill Lawrence. Written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof, the project revolves around two lifelong best friends who are poised to become successful restaurateurs &mdash if they can keep from killing each other. In order to keep their business (and friendship) alive, the two decide to see a couples therapist, who will guide them through life, love and the fast-paced world of being big-city restaurant owners.

The setup might draw parallels to the USA dramedy Common Law, about two cop partners whose constant bickering and disdain for each other prompts their commanding officer to send them to a couples therapist. But the Meatball comedy is rooted firmly in reality via Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, who serve as consulting producers. The duo, who own the Meatball Shop restaurants in New York City, are best friends from high school who teamed to open a restaurant together. They soon realized they can’t stand working together, bickering over every decision, but their business took off and, with millions of dollars at stake, they couldn’t break up and had to find a way to hold it together. So they started seeing a marriage counselor.

Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

With the success of their restaurant franchise, which now includes six New York locations, Holzman and Chernow became popular guests on TV programs like Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart and Anderson Live (watch a video below). Companies started reaching out to them to do a reality series, and they did a tape for All3Media America, whose president is Daniel’s brother, Eli Holzman. The company is repped by ICM Partners, which also reps Astrof. The Friends alum had been looking to adapt a comedy format, and the Meatball Shop tape came up in a meeting he had with All3Media executives about scripted formats in their international library. Astrof immediately jumped at the idea as he had had a similar experience working with a longtime friend. The project was set up at Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based. Astrof and Lawrence executive produce with Doozer’s Jeff Ingold and All3 Media America’s Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert.

Astrof serves as showrunner on Doozer/Warner Horizon’s TBS comedy Ground Floor, co-created by Lawrence, who also is repped by ICM Partners. Daniel Holzman is repped by WME Chernow is with WME and Mortar Media.


Sweden Admits Famous Swedish Meatballs Are Actually From Turkey

SWEDEN (CBS Local) –Sweden has made a stunning confession about one of the European nation’s signature recipes: Swedish meatballs are actually a Turkish dish.

In a tweet from the country’s official account, Swedish officials announced that the famous meatball recipe was brought to the country 300 years ago by King Charles XII. Charles XII spent five years in Turkey during the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia in the early 1700s.

Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Let's stick to the facts! pic.twitter.com/JuTDEjq9MM

&mdash Sweden.se (@swedense) April 28, 2018

The April 28 tweet reportedly came without warning and it’s not known why Sweden suddenly decided to set the record straight on the savory dish. “Let&rsquos stick to the facts!” the country’s stunning confession proclaimed.

News of the meatball’s true heritage even made its way into the headlines of Turkey’s oldest English-language newspaper, the Hürriyet Daily News, on April 30. Annie Mattson, a researcher at Sweden’s Uppsala University, told reporters that Charles XII also brought coffee beans and stuffed cabbage back from his time in Russia.

The Swedish (and now Turkish) delicacy has become a national symbol for Swedes over the centuries. Furniture company Ikea reportedly sells over two million meatballs in its in-store restaurants every day. Swedish officials added in a May 2 tweet that the addition of locally-grown lingonberries to the recipe still makes the famous dish a uniquely Swedish treat.


Best Winter Chef Collaborations In NY

Attention, foodies! Yes, the winter makes it harder to get to your favorite restaurants but there are plenty of chef collaborations happening all throughout NYC to make up for it. Here are five of our favorites.

The Sosta
186 Mott St.
New York, NY
212-988-9028
thesosta.com

Top Chef favorite Gail Simmons teams up with Chef Ali LaRaia over the The Sosta to bring a collaborative dish that’s perfect for this wintry weather. This February, guests can warm up with a bowl of Gail’s Mafaldini Cavolo with mafaldini, kale, lemon, and stracciatella. The best part? You can also pick up Simmons’ latest cookbook, Bringing It Home!, at the restaurant throughout the month. It’s all part of the continuing all-female “Guest Chef” series that will be taking place at The Sosta in the next few months. Future contributors include Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), Olivia Perez (fashion and lifestyle influencer), Morgan Curtis (Morgan Lane), Eden Grinshpan (culinary TV personality), and Alison Roman (former Bon Appetit magazine editor).

Eataly + Calabria
Eataly
200 5 th Ave.
New York, NY 10010
212-229-2560
www.eataly.com

Escape to southern Italy this winter without ever leaving NYC! Stop into Eataly and stock up on products specifically curated from the Calabria region of Italy. Last week, Chef Lidia Bastianich invited two Calabrian Chefs (Rocco Ianni and Pierino Rosace) to join her at Eataly to demonstrate a few of their favorite dishes including Pasta con &lsquoNduja and Swordfish Rolls with Torrone di Bagnara IGP. For the next few months, you can recreate these recipes by picking up more than 80 different products specifically from Calabria at the store &ndash may we suggest a package of filei? Calabrian women make this traditional pasta shape by hand in their homes and you can taste the freshness in every bite. Add on a bottle of vintage Ciro DOC and you&rsquove got yourself one Italian meal to remember. Make sure to check Eataly&rsquos website to find out when other famous chefs from the region will be stopping by to teach Calabria-inspired cooking classes.

Eataly + Daniel Boulud
Eataly
200 5 th Ave.
New York, NY 10010
www.eataly.com

Chef Daniel Boulud and Travis Swikard of Boulud Sud have come up with a pasta dish fit for a king over at Manzo (located within Eataly Flatiron). Starting Feb. 1, guests can dive into a bowl of Squid Ink Bucatini with House-made Bucatini, La Quercia &lsquoNduja, clams, and Savoy Cabbage. The best part? They&rsquore teaming up with Chef Adam Hill on the evening of February 7 to bring diners this delicious dish for 50 percent off. In fact, Manzo will even double their donation to Citymeals on Wheels for each dish ordered. It&rsquos all part of Eataly&rsquos Guest Chef Collaboration Series, which feature limited-edition dishes that will rotate each month. Learn more here.

The Meatball Shop + The Crown

The Meatball Shop
84 Stanton St.
New York, NY
212-982-8895
www.themeatballshop.com

The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery
50 Bowery
New York, NY 10013
646-630-8057
www.thecrownnyc.com

Mark your calendars because the first half of the month, Chef Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop will be serving up his take on Duck Ramen over at Chef Dale Talde&rsquos The Crown. This delicious dish is complete with duck meatballs, foie, and bean sprouts, as well as a side of Japanese Cole Slaw. Then, follow Talde over to The Meatball Shop (in the Lower East Side) because he&rsquoll be showcasing his Lionshead Meatball Hero from Feb. 15 &ndash 29 . This hearty sandwich is filled with pork & veggie meatballs in a black pepper sauce, pickled Kholrabi, and a side salad of green papaya and apple. Winter just got way more exciting.

Black Seed Bagels + Don Angie
170 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10012
212-730-1950
www.blackseedbagels.com

Attention, cheese lovers! The folks over at Black Seed Bagels are taking it up a notch by creating the ultimate grilled cheese. They&rsquove collaborated with chefs Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli (of Don Angie) this month to bring a mouthwatering bialy sandwich like no other. Bite into the Don Angie Bialy ($5.50) which is stuffed with green garlic and sesame seeds, then filled with stracchino cheese. The best part? It&rsquos melted to gooey perfection so make sure you grab a few napkins. Available at all three Black Seed locations.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.


Best Meatball Dishes In Seattle

At first blush the meatball seems like pretty basic fare. You take some ground meat &ndash beef, pork, chicken, or maybe veal &ndash roll it into a small ball, cook it up and it&rsquos ready to go. But in the right hands the meatball can be elevated to a mouthwatering and savory morsel that is other worldly. With National Meatball Day right around the corner, it&rsquos good to know there are plenty of masterful hands in Seattle rolling out the humble meatball and transforming them into delicious delights. Here are a few places to join others in the celebration.

Best Meal Dishes In Seattle (Credit, Jenise Silva)

LoPriore Bros. Pasta Bar
1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA WA 98101
(206) 621-7545
www.lopriorebrospastabar.com

Belly up to the red Formica counter at LoPriore Bros. Pasta Bar and join fellow meatball lovers who know that this little stand tucked inside Pike Place Market is a slice of meatball sandwich heaven. The La Priore brothers set up their humble Italian eatery more than 25 years ago and have been serving up one of the best meatball sandwiches to hungry Market visitors ever since. Surrounded by farm fresh produce stands, a hearty meatball sandwich might seem like an elusive oasis in the desert. This sandwhich is the real deal. One bite into this meaty concoction and you&rsquoll know why this Market favorite has so many repeat customers singing its praises.

Ever since Armandino Batali, father to famed New York chef Mario Batali, set up this shop dedicated to artisan cured meats, lunch in Pioneer Square has never been the same. Drive by this tiny outpost during the lunch hour on any given day of the week and you will see a long line of fans queued up outside waiting for a chance to get their hands on one of the tastiest sandwiches in town. Salami, prosciutto, guanciale and pancetta are just a few choices that line the meat case. If you&rsquore looking to celebrate National Meatball Day however, there&rsquos no better way to do it than with the mouthwatering Leonetta&rsquos Meatballs, whose secret recipe has been passed down through the generations. Or if you really want to go all out try Salumi&rsquos tribute to the pig &mdash porchetta that is butter flied and stuffed with meatballs and spices.

Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears. Head on over to Ethan Stowell&rsquos Rione XIII for a time-honored, Roman inspired meatball. That&rsquos right, Stowell has stacked his menu at Rione XIII with the simple, yet classic fare that gives a nod to the culinary pleasures of one very dynamic district stretched along the west bank of the Tiber river in Rome. Take a bite into one of these hearty meatballs with the classic touch of tomato, mozzarella and basil and you&rsquoll half expect to stumble onto a narrow cobbled street lined by medieval houses when you leave the restaurant. Or if you&rsquore looking for a change of scenery, Stowell&rsquos other Italian joint in Belltown offers up a chicken meatball with white bean, spicy Pomodoro and basil. You know what they say, &ldquoWhen in Rome&hellip&rdquo

Best Meal Dishes In Seattle (Credit, Jenise Silva)

Volterra
121 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, Washington 98033
(425) 202-7201
www.volterrakirkland.com
Hours: Mon &ndash Sat 11:30 a.m. &ndash 10 p.m. Sun 9 a.m. &ndash 9 p.m.

If you can&rsquot decide whether you want to celebrate National Meatball Day at lunch or dinner, then why do both? Fortunately, Volterra has all of your meatball needs in mind regardless of the time of day. This eatery has fast become a hot spot for those looking to satiate their Italian cravings on the eastside of Lake Washington. Swing by for lunch and settle in for the Lamb Meatball Hoagie. This isn&rsquot just a couple of meatballs that have been sandwiched in between some bread. This hoagie stands out with house made Anderson Valley Ranch lamb meatballs, smothered in tomato sauce, olive chili relish, goat cream cheese, arugula and pickled vegetables. If that didn&rsquot fill you up, stick around for dinner and order the Polpettine D&rsquoAngello con Zucca. This estimable meatball is made of lamb,adorns roasted spaghetti squash, and goat cheese cream all topped with Calabrian chilis and Castelvertrano olives.

Hey Paison!
641 S.W.152nd
St. Burien, WA 98166
(206) 631-8668
www.heypaison.com

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and spend time swapping stories over a meal with Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack? From the moment you step into Hey Paison! you would swear that you have been transported back to the Las Vegas of the 60’s when Frank, Dean and Sammy ruled the roost. This joint has red and white checker clothed tables, walls lined with photos of Sinatra and the gang and a never-ending soundtrack of some of Frank&rsquos bests. Most importantly, Hey Paison! serves up their own version of the meatball hoagie. They hand roll the meatballs which are made from veal, pork and beef and soak in a homemade tomato gravy. They also offer up the &ldquoGoomba&rdquo hoagies with provolone and mozzarella. Just make sure you grab a few more napkins.


Hollow out a head of lettuce and fill it with this mixture: one 8-oz. package of Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, 1/2 cup of Miracle Whip, one 2 1/4-oz. can of deviled ham, 1 cup of sliced celery, 1/4 cup of chopped green pepper, 2 tablespoons of chopped pimento and 1 tablespoon of chopped onion.

Firmly wrap and chill. Slice and serve topped with the sparkling flavor of marvelous Miracle Whip.

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