This sandwich with meatballs with tomato or polpette della nonna Al Pomodoro, I tried in my last visit to the eternal city a couple of months ago.

It was at the premises of Mara Cipriani and Sergio Esposito, Mordi e Vai, ("bite and go") located in the Testaccio market, a place that nobody took seriously at the beginning and is now an essential food fast but authentic and quality. I notice that it always has a tail, a long tail but it is worth 100% save because the reward is a sandwich so you don't forget.

The Testaccio market has become a point of reference in the city to eat and Mordi e Vai has joined almost a dozen jobs that serve meals from various genres, but which is more popular, this is. Probably because their sandwiches have the flavour of a city that knows to Holy glory, but in a format. This today is not the most popular (is it the alesso di escotona), but if you liked most.

This today is the meatballs with tomato sandwich. A few meatballs that hide the secret of romano cheese and a tomato sauce without which they would not be what they are. Of course, it is my version of this sandwich, but not I have due do badly because that proves it, already do not want another.


For the meatballs

  • 1 kg minced beef and pork with 4 fresh sausages or fresh sausage without trripa
  • 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tablespoons grated pecorino cheese (can put Parmesan cheese if you can't find pecorino)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 3 tablespoons milk

To fry

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • olive oil for frying

To cook them

to assemble the sandwiches

  • a few bread rolls
  • a little grated mozzarella cheese optional)


Grate the pecorino cheese with a fat grater and set aside in a bowl.

In a bowl mix all ingredients for meatballs and knead with your hands.

Make a few balls the size of a golf ball.

Pass the Meatballs in flour, FRY meatballs in abundant olive oil hot.

Put our homemade tomato sauce in a pan and add meatballs. Add a handful of Basil into pieces and boil over low heat. This will make the meatballs are more tender.

When they are ready, a bread roll cut in half without going to cut it at all. Place three dumplings and a spoonful of tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves and a little and grated mozzarella. Ready our meatballs with tomato sandwich

Tips and Tricks

  • Prepare meatballs and freeze them in portions to make your Meatballs with tomato sandwich When more you apatezca
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Servings: 40 meatballs approximately

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