A meatball’s 100-mile odyssey _ the east hampton star

How did a meatball from Staten Island with a 45-year pedigree wind up with a shrine to itself in Bridgehampton? The journey of Tony Meatball began in 1971, when Anthony and Joanne D’Andrea, first-generation Italians, opened the RoadHouse, a restaurant some three miles west of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Over the years, several items stood out from its huge menu as signature dishes: clam pizza, chicken Parmigiana with baked rigatoni, escarole and beans, and meatballs. The best chicken parmesan recipe Mark D’Andrea took over the restaurant from his parents in 1990, and it is still going strong. Quick chicken parmesan “My executive chef, Dina, started at 40,” he said.

Chicken parmesan recipe oven baked “She’s 87, and she’s still there.”

Mr. Vegan chicken parmesan recipe D’Andrea had never heard of the Hamptons until friends from Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Military Academy invited him to visit during the summers. Recipe chicken parmesan After a few visits, he fell in love with the area and has been coming back ever since, but to this day does not have a house here, although he has been actively looking. Chicken parmesan dishes “I’ve long thought this would be a wonderful place to retire, but I would need to have a place to get my grandmother’s meatballs and sauce.”

Then, last summer, Mr. Chicken recipes parmesan D’Andrea found and began construction at a space on Bridgehampton Main Street. Parmesan chicken roll ups At a fund-raiser for the Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue in Southampton, where his meatballs were among the attractions, he met Catalin (John) Jurim, who was working the catering end. Pictures of chicken parmesan By the end of the day, Mr. Parmesan chicken pasta bake Jurim had signed on as manager of the new venture.

Tony Meatball opened Aug. Chicken parmesan recipe easy quick 10. Chicken parmesan hero recipe “We gave away thousands of meatballs,” Mr. Chicken parmigiana recipe gordon ramsay D’Andrea said. Parmesan chicken pizza “By Labor Day I had complete confidence I had made the right decision coming here.” Early on, Mr. How to make chicken parmesan Jurim, who commutes 60 miles to and from Babylon each working day, saw Pierre Weber, owner of the eponymous restaurant next door, driving by in his Citroen. Parmesan crusted chicken without mayo “I flagged him down and thrust a meatball through his open window.” Soon after, Mr. Best chicken parmesan recipe baked Weber sent a bouquet of flowers to the shop.

The menu is simple, with two kinds of meatballs. Chicken parmesan meal The “Tony” meatball is made from pork, beef, and veal; the “skinny” meatball from grass-fed beef and chicken. Chicken parmesan with pasta Either can be served simply, with house-made tomato sauce and the addition of rigatoni or a house salad, or on a hero roll. Parmesan chicken mayonnaise The meatballs are baked, not fried. Parmesan crusted chicken low carb Each meatball is seven ounces, and plates are dusted with Pecorino Romano cheese and topped off with a dollop of ricotta.

The narrow, pristine space sparkles with white tile and wainscoting, red walls, an unpainted tin ceiling, and a long counter. Chicken parmesan recipe without breadcrumbs The space doesn’t allow for much seating. Chicken parmesan recipe giada There are a few stools, a miniature table and four chairs for kids, and a long counter for those willing to stand. Chicken parmesan best recipe Much of the business is takeout.

Mr. Food network chicken parmesan D’Andrea is pleased that he is not infringing on anybody else’s business. Parmesan chicken salad “I’m not selling steak, I’m not selling pizza. Make parmesan chicken I’m selling my thing.” His thing is a piece of the RoadHouse. What is a chicken parmesan His brother Michael, who also worked at the Staten Island restaurant while growing up, now owns Macaluso’s restaurant on Miami’s South Beach, where the clam pizza and meatballs are just as popular as on Staten Island.

Tony Meatball is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. Chicken parmesan italian until 10 p.m., Sunday from 11 to 8. Parmesan chicken manicotti On Friday evenings, Mr. Easy bake chicken parmesan Jurim said, they are willing to stay open later if telephoned from the road — within reason, that is.