Me ’N’ Mo Meatballs rolling to South Street

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By Cassie Hepler

There’s was one thing that South Street in Philadelphia was missing. And Chef Sandro Frusone and brother Giancarlo found and filled that void.

The same gregarious chef who used to own several Italian spots including Gnocchi on lower East Passyunk just opened South Street’s first meatball restaurant, Me ’N’ Mo Meatballs and More.

This telltale sign at 214 South St. will lead you to delicious handmade meatballs – and more. Photo by Cassie Hepler

This telltale sign at 214 South St. will lead you to delicious handmade meatballs – and more. Photo by Cassie Hepler

Located at 214 South St., Sandro rented the space to multiple restaurants for many years while he went back to Italy.

“I like pasta – all kinds of pasta,” he said.

But his favorite is spaghetti – with some red wine.

“It helps keep myself young,” said Chef Sandro with a thick Italian accent. “Everything in moderation… which I didn’t learn in America.”

While in Frosinone, Italy after opening a restaurant for three or four months, he and his sister-in-law came up with the idea.

“We thought, why don’t we do this?” he said. “She comes up with the specials and people seem to like it.”

The interior of Me ‘N’ Mo Meatballs and More located at 214 South St. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The interior of Me ‘N’ Mo Meatballs and More located at 214 South St. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The restaurant in Italy was a sign to move on as the elderly Italian landlord shut the water off. And instead of fighting with her, Sandro took that as inspiration to start something new – in a familiar location.

Since 1989 until 2005 they were renting the space to a medley of flailing restaurants. The only memorable one, according to a local real estate regular, was Core De Roma. They now have a well-loved restaurant in West Chester with the same name for all the suburbanites.

Me ’N’ Mo will have daily specials every day at unbeatable prices.

Chef Sandro Frusone pours some Italian white wine for one of his regulars from a reality office down South Street. Photo by Cassie Hepler

Chef Sandro Frusone pours some Italian white wine for one of his regulars from a reality office down South Street. Photo by Cassie Hepler

“$5 for a plate of gnocchi and $4 for a plate of meatballs is unheard of, but we do it,” he said.

Sandro touts they also have great wine at great prices.

“None of that bottom shelf stuff, these are good wines,” he said.

Just as he said that, a couple of gentlemen in their business suits on their lunch break came in to sit down. The conversation quickly turned to meatballs and the men were practically shouting about how good the meatballs taste – a true testament.

Make sure to bring cash as this is a cash only establishment which will keep the cost of those delicious meatballs and more down.

And hang in there for happy hour.

“As soon as we get very busy, we may do a happy hour,” he said.

Don’t assume they just make 7 or more types of fresh meatballs. The “and more” part includes the hand rolled meatballs, house made pasta, savory sauces and fresh desserts.

The buffalo chicken meatballs have a lighter meaty taste with a spicy kick – with no sour after taste because “the sauce is more elegant,” says Chef Sandro Frusone. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The buffalo chicken meatballs have a lighter meaty taste with a spicy kick – with no sour after taste because “the sauce is more elegant,” says Chef Sandro Frusone. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The Hong Kong meatballs have layers of Asian flavors and tons of texture – including a surprise mushroom. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The Hong Kong meatballs have layers of Asian flavors and tons of texture – including a surprise mushroom. Photo by Cassie Hepler

Chef Sandro Frusone’s famous gnocchi tastes like fluffy pillows of delicious carbs drenched in fresh tomato sauce. Photo by Cassie Hepler

Chef Sandro Frusone’s famous gnocchi tastes like fluffy pillows of delicious carbs drenched in fresh tomato sauce. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The sign outside Me ‘N’ Mo Meatballs will have great pricing for rotating daily specials and is a cash only establishment to keep costs down. Photo by Cassie Hepler

The sign outside Me ‘N’ Mo Meatballs will have great pricing for rotating daily specials and is a cash only establishment to keep costs down. Photo by Cassie Hepler

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