Massimo Capra takes his meatballs seriously. Working his way through plate after plate of the Italian comfort food, Capra sets his sights on Paisano’s bite-sized offerings. After careful consideration (“cross-checking” efforts), the Mistura exective chef declares Paisano’s meatballs the best of the bunch. “Wow!” he proclaims. “This was tough. But these are very good. The meatballs are well-formed, and the sauce has these nice, crunchy onions.”
“There’s a present in here!” exclaims Capra.“There’s some nice mozzarella in the centre of this meatball. And the sauce is nice — chunky tomatoes and veggies.
“There are some nice mushrooms in this sauce,” says Capra. “The meat is nicely mixed and spiced very well. Too bad these are shaped so ugly!”
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“Now this sauce is nice,” says Capra, “a little oily — but that’s not a bad thing. I would say that the meat isn’t mixed very well. It’s a bit like course sausage.”
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“We have a monster over here!” says Capra. “It’s like something you’d find at the Ex. I like the fresh herbs, but I think it’s badly formed.”
“This is almost like a Swedish meatball,” explains Capra. “It’s not bad, but it lacks filler: bread, cheese, spices. It also crunches as I cut it!”