The Meatball Shop: Flavorful Dishes, Zero Waste

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The Meatball Shop: Flavorful Dishes, Zero Waste
The Meatball Shop, Westport CT. Photo: Liz Clayman

by Fernanda Mueller

The Meatball Shop, Westport CT. Photo: Liz Clayman

At The Meatball Shop, you will definitely find delicious meat, chicken, pork, salmon and lobster balls. But what you would never think you could find in a restaurant that has meat in its name are a lot of vegetarian and vegan options – from salads to veggie balls. And for those who still prefer the traditional balls, but are more conscious about the consumption of meat, that’s a safe place to have a meal.

More and more people are worried about sustainability and that is also an important topic at The Meatball Shop. All of the meat used by the restaurant is sourced from farms and facilities that practice what is known for “Never-Ever” – no hormones or antibiotics in the life of the animal. They also make sure to not waste any parts of it, as the CEO Adam Rosenbaum explains: “People talk a lot about this topic, but really sustainability is making sure you are not going to waste anything. Not just worrying about where it comes from, but that you are actually going to use the whole animal if you are going to eat it.” 

By grinding the meat, The Meatball Shop can use different parts of the animal that are less popular cuts than what people might want to get at a steakhouse, such as the shoulder. The muscles, that are the tougher parts of the animal, actually contain more flavor! That practice also helps to support family farmers, because they can sell the whole animal. In the end, the restaurant is not only being sustainable, but also making flavorful dishes, by not wasting any meat. 

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The Meatball Shop, Westport CT. Photo: Liz Clayman