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Nicky's Famous Meatballs Named "Best Meatballs in the Boroughs" at Dish du Jour's Meatball Melee of the Boroughs

New York May 20, 2009: Bello Giardino's "Nicky's Meatballs" has reached a new level of fame. Nick Mormando has taken his famous meatballs to the winner's circle of the prestigious meatball competition of New York City. The competition was formed by a narrowed list of ten finalists to determine "The Best Meatballs of the Boroughs." A panel of celebrity judges at yesterday's Meatball Melee of the Borough's competition, was held at Dish du Jour magazine's annual food and wine gala, The Cuisine of Queens and Beyond. Bello Giardino Owner/Chef Nick Mormando, better known as "Nicky Meatballs," beat out a tough crowd of finalists including Manhattan restaurants Bar Stuzzichini, Campo, Carmine's and Molyvos; Queens restaurants, Mundo Café, Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar and Agnati Meze (which also has a Brooklyn location); Brooklyn restaurant Ignazio's Pizza; and Staten Island restaurant Pastosa Ravioli.

Celebrity judges Tony Tantillo, Frank Pellegrino, Michael Psilikas, Michael Maroni, and Joseph Risi, spoke with fluent "meatball" expertise while they sampled each entry. Frank Pellegrino pointed out that the problem with meatballs is that everyone thinks their grandmother's are the best; but emphatically pointed to Nick Mormando as the hands-down winner of the competition. Judge Michael Maroni, famous for beating Bobby Flay in a meatball throwdown, offered complementary comments to Nick for creating a perfect meatball. "It is the brick oven bread, cheese and eggs, then frying them in a cast iron skillet with extra virgin olive oil that makes the difference," Nicky Mormando said. He went on to describe his perfect meatball as moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. For more than ten years, Nicky Mormando has been making these meatballs for devoted neighborhood clientele and for numerous celebrities that quietly enter his restaurant to sample the absolute best meatballs in New York City. "There is the best then there are the rest," is what is said so often by the loyal Bell Giardino Restaurant aficionado's. "All ten restaurants that made it to the finals of the Meatball Melee competition were bit contenders," said Dish du Jour publisher, Frances Grace. "But in the end, only one could be called the best in the boroughs and Nicky Mormando's Bello Giardino Restaurant of Manhattan took the title of the best meatball."