Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vegan Eats at Marabella Meatball Company

When I saw that Marabella Meatball Company, opening tomorrow, had Veggie Balls on their meaty menu, I had to ask: Are they vegan?

I was told that all of meatballs are started with a roux that does contain eggs.  But then they gave me a list of options that are, in fact, vegan. Also, they'll be expanding the menu in the future and will keep vegans in mind.

Pasta (4 varieties) with marinara sauce (made with tomatoes and include peppers, celery and onion)
Pasta with pesto sauce
Pasta with olive tapenade
Insalate - salad with no meat
Broccoli rabe made with garlic and oil
Spinach sauteed with garlic and oil or
Spinach and cannellini beans sauteed with garlic and oil

Personally, I rarely order pasta in a restaurant unless it's loaded with veggies or has an exciting twist. Barbuzzo has an amazing vegan pasta dish, and that's my exception. The options above sound good, but I'm always looking for something a little outside of the norm.

A truly Veggie Ball sandwich would have been something special, but if you really love pasta, you'll be just fine at MMCO.


ms. veganorama said...

Thanks for the rundown.

Are you sure Magic Carpet is vegan? Their menu lists cheese, honey and yoghurt.

kellywhitephillips said...

Ah, you are right, I will look into that!

ms. veganorama said...

Awesome thanks! :)

mazza313 said...

magic carpet is definitely not vegan - but is 100% veg. their cheese is dairy-based, but it is served as a request-able topping for most items (except for wraps, some have cheese on the inside). almost all of their mains are vegan though, and a lot are gluten-free.

kellywhitephillips said...

thanks mazza313 - not vegan, but all veg. they do have tofu meatballs which i am waiting for an official word on.

kellywhitephillips said...

Update from Magic Carpet: Magic Meatballs are not vegan, nor is the spinach pie, the rest of the items on the regular menu are. Most daily specials have a vegan option. said...

I'm not fully a vegan, so I'm curious to try the veg. meatballs. But love this list. I'm definitely with you on the pasta. I would get the broccoli rabe though.