This past weekend, we paid a little visit to Dominick’s, the patron saint of one of my favorite restaurants in LA, Little Dom’s. Little Dom’s is the product of the same team behind Dominick’s, and let me tell you the apple does not fall far from the tree. I usually don’t order spaghetti & meatballs at an Italian restaurant, not because there’s anything wrong with it, but because spaghetti & meatballs is something my short list of cooking skills allows me to replicate on any given day, and I’m always eager to let the professional chefs show me what they got! But I digress. What I’m trying to say is, that despite my cardinal rule of (trying) not to order spaghetti & meatballs at an Italian restaurant, I ALWAYS order the spaghetti & meatballs at Little Dom’s. Simply put, their ‘balls’ are delicious, not to mention gigantic. They’re savory, they’re meaty, they’re rich, they’re tender. Everything you want in a meatball. So my every intention was to order the spaghetti & meatballs when we got to Dominick’s, but our waiter mentioned one of the specials of the night was spaghetti and VEGETARIAN meatballs! He had me at spaghetti. But he intrigued me at vegetarian meatballs. So I went for it, while the boyfriend went for the real deal (spaghetti and meatballs). You know the saying “grass is always greener on the other side”? Well, the grass really, definitely, absolutely was greener on the other side with my dish. My veggie meatballs were…meh, and I might have eyed my boyfriend’s dish in the same lecherous way Anthony Weiner probably eyed any mirror he walked by as a possible photo op. They were not bad by any means, but it only made me realize I would much prefer the real deal. All in all, our dinner was a “ball” (get it? get it?) but on my next visit, I will not let the word “vegetarian” make me stray from my usual doings. Oh! and of course, it goes without saying, the arancini balls were fantastic as always. Ciao!