A dynamic restaurant and a bar made for mingling come together at the new Meatball Spot, opening across from Rave Motion Pictures at Town Square in November. Featuring the celebrated fare of renowned chef Carla Pellegrino and a compelling cocktail menu, Meatball Spot will offer meatball dishes, pizzas, salads and a gelato bar, as well as an array of mojitos, sangrias and cocktail floats.

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“Everyone will feel right at home at Meatball Spot,” says Pellegrino. “I created this menu with the same love and attention to detail I would put into cooking for my own family. Whether you’re going out for date night, for dinner with friends or just want a quick bite before the movies, our salads and meatballs will keep you coming back for more.”

Pellegrino has a lifetime of experience when it comes to cooking. She has been widely recognized for her culinary talents through such accolades as “Best of Las Vegas - 2012″ and “Best of Henderson - 2011, 2012,” and has appeared on the “Today Show,”  “CBS Morning Show” and “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” which she won. Pellegrino has also been featured in “Bon Appétit” and “Food & Wine” magazine.

French country design unites with a SoHo meets Malibu setting at the dynamic new restaurant, where a white picket fence frames a spacious patio with a garden-style setting outside, and a lively bar is the centerpiece to the dining room inside.  A takeaway counter offers pizza by the slice and other quick bites. Altogether, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant seats 250 guests.

Meatball Spot’s menu features an array of farm fresh selections, starting with delectable meatballs in several variations including Classic, Pork, Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Vegetarian. Weekly specials will include items like Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with bleu cheese, Taco Meatballs and more. Patrons will enjoy three meatballs with their choice of sauce and toasted French bread for $6.95. Provolone and mozzarella cheeses or a fried egg may be added for an additional $1. Sandwich selections include The Meatball Slider, prepared with one meatball on a brioche bun with sauce and cheese, priced at $3.95; The Meatball Smash, made with two meatballs on a French Baguette with sauce and cheese, priced at $4.95; and The Meatball Hero, made with three meatballs on a French baguette with sauce and cheese, priced at $5.95. The eatery will also offer a daily, specialty meatball selection. Meatball Spot’s delicious, house-made sauces will include: Pesto, Garlic Parmesan, Spicy Meat Sauce, Mushroom Gravy, Classic Tomato and a daily specialty sauce.

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Carla Pellegrino, Tom Recine and Jesse Shen Prepare To Cut The Red Ribbon

Meatball Spot will also serve traditional ‘Roman Style’ thin crust pizzas, served in half-tray portions that serve two to four people, and full-tray portions that serve four to six people. Guests will be able to load their pizzas with various toppings, including pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, pineapple, jalapeños and more. Half-tray portions are priced at $7.95, and full-tray portions are priced at $14.95. Salad selections include the Strawberry Balsamic Salad, made with baby spinach, cucumbers, candied pecans and balsamic strawberry vinaigrette; the Kitchen Sink Salad, made with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, provolone, croutons and herb vinaigrette; and the Baby Arugula Salad, made with Bosc Pears, candied pecans, crumbled gorgonzola cheese and Sherry vinaigrette. Every salad is available in half portions or full portions, with pricing for half salads starting at $4.95 and pricing for full salads starting at $8.95. Hearty side dishes will include Rigatoni, Risotto Balls, Spaghetti, Mac and Cheese and Truffle Fries.

Meatball Spot will also offer a social bar scene as well as special events on the patio. On weekends, a DJ will spin an eclectic mix on the outdoor patio for late-night entertainment. The new dining and drink destination will feature a food and drink happy hour menu from 3 until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 until 5:30 p.m. on Friday; and a reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. until close, Sunday through Thursday. Happy hour menu items will include the four meatball dish priced at $4.95; Meatball Sliders for $2.95; Meatball Heroes for $3.95; full-tray ‘Roman Style’ pizzas for $7.50; and half-off all well drinks and draft beers.

Meatball Spot will feature a varied drink menu that will include a wine and beer list, mojitos, margaritas, signature Sangria that will come in red and a seasonal white, and even “spiked” root beer, grape, orange and strawberry floats. Other specialty cocktails include the Strawberry Float, made with Bacardi Dragonberry and strawberry soda, and the Sunshine Tea, made with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka and a hint of lemon. JELL-O shots, 10 quart punch bowls filled with sangria, Long Island iced tea and more will keep the mood fun and festive.

Patrons can polish off their meals with a vast selection of desserts, including gelato in Nutella, Pistachio, Sea Salt Caramel and more; Lemon, Strawberry, Coconut and Mango Sorbets; and Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Strawberry ice cream flavors. These treats can be enjoyed for $2.50 per scoop. Guests can also indulge in ice cream sandwiches for $5.95, with choices such as Bananas Foster, made with white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and Bananas Foster ice cream; and the Mudslide, made with double chocolate chip cookies and coffee fudge ice cream. Creamy milkshakes, priced at $5.95, include the Birthday Cake, made with vanilla cake, vanilla ice cream and sprinkles; and the Cookie Explosion, made with Oreo cookie crumbles, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and caramel.

Meatball Spot will be open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, daily: Sunday through Wednesday, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., Thursday, from 11 a.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Meatball Spot, located directly across from Rave Motion Pictures at Town Square Las Vegas, will remain open for special screenings and big opening nights.  More information is available on the website, www.MeatballSpot.com, by calling 702.641.7768, on Twitter @meatballspot, and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MeatballSpot. Meatball Spot is available for parties and special events.