There are plenty of things I covet in this world—Charlotte Gainsbourg’s effortless ability to wear Balenciaga, a Chelsea townhouse in London, the ability to endure a musical—but when it comes to my friends, I envy no one else. Two weeks ago we brought our second son home from the hospital, and I’ve never been happier. Looking at my two beautiful boys, I just don’t know that it gets any better than this. But as much as I love the mornings with both my boys snuggled up in bed, when dinner time rolls around I’m at a total loss. Fortunately, I have the most generous friends in the world! You should see the basket full of delicious goodies from Joans on Third, pastries from Huckleberry, pizza and budino from Pizzeria Mozza delivered by Lizzie and Matt, the Moroccan braised chicken from my friend Vanessa or the Italian Wedding Soup that Carrie dropped off (a soup so delicious that I fear my husband might leave me for Carrie and her soup). My friend Hugh knowingly brought by a bottle of gin and several limes. And then there were the meatballs.
Last Friday, the enchanting Carolynn Carreño dropped off three containers of large meatballs swimming in sauce, along with some semolina toasts and garlic butter. If these meatballs look suspiciously and deliciously similar to those served at Mozza, there’s a reason. Carolynn cowrote The Mozza Cookbook with Nancy Silverton and worked tirelessly testing and retesting recipes so that they would translate to the home cook. (If you don’t already have the book, you need it if only for the meatball recipe alone.) Made with pork, veal and ground pancetta, these meatballs are pure love.
Next to family, there is nothing better in this world than a good friend. Especially if that friend makes meatballs.