I tried this sandwich of meatballs with tomato or polpette della on one of my visits to Rome.

It was in the Mercado de Testaccio, in a place that always has a very long queue as a sample of what awaits you if you have a peace. It's the place of Mara Cipriani and Sergio Esposito, and it's called Mordi e Vai, ("bite and go").

So you don't have to go there today, I'll leave you the recipe. You'll tell me


For the meatballs

  • 1 kg minced beef and pork with 4 fresh sausages or fresh sausage without casing
  • 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tbsp grated pecorino cheese (you can add grana padano if you can't find pecorino)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes and 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped very
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • half a teaspoon of sugar
  • a teaspoon of dried oregano
  • a bunch of fresh basil

To fry

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • olive oil for frying

to assemble the sandwiches

  • a few bread rolls
  • optional shredded mozzarella or fresh mozzarella


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

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

We make some meatballs the size of a golf ball and soak them in flour. Fry in plenty of hot olive oil.

In a saucepan we make the tomato sauce. First sauté garlic and onion, add the tomato and fresh basil. Season with salt and pepper and let cook for a few minutes. Add the meatballs and a bunch of chopped basil and bring to a boil over low heat.

When they are ready, cut a bread roll in half without cutting it completely. Place three meatballs and a tablespoon of tomato sauce, some fresh basil leaves and some grated mozzarella. Our meatball sandwich with tomato is ready

Tips and Tricks

  • Prepare the meatballs and freeze them in portions so you can make your Tomato Meatball Sandwich when you like it the most
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

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