|And ladies and gentlemen...they don't.|
The Mama Mancini meatballs get my highly coveted ratings of "Edible" and "Would buy again." And yet they are not in the same league as Mrs. Key's creations. The reason I liked them? They reminded me of cafeteria food.
Wait, hear this out: When I was in junior high, the cafeteria was a pretty typically blah public school space offering pretty typically blah public school food. The whole building stank of hormones and feet anyway. It was a pretty dreary place. But once a week, lunchtime came alive: Meatball hero day.
They were tasty meatballs on sturdy bread with a little bit of mozzarella. Really, everyone looked forward to it.
These meatballs taste like those meatballs. So there's some nostalgia at play here, I admit.
Mrs. Key liked them too, although she never went to a school as icky as my junior high. She just thought they were good, serviceable weeknight retail meatballs.
And most important, Mama Mancini Meatballs don't bounce.