1 The Meatball Shack
If you're on a hunt for balls in this town, then head to the establishment with the namesake for them. Veal balls, spicy pork balls, chicken balls, fish balls and of course classic meatballs fill the menu, but the Shack is also known for its hearty salads and extended meat options for the non-ball eaters in the group.
312 S. Mill St. Aspen, CO 81611
Nobody does meatballs like the Italians, and at L'Hostaria they prove it. The spinach tagliolini combines homemade pasta with sausage meatballs, wild mushrooms, tomato sauce for a savory twist on a classic dish.
620 E Hyman Ave Aspen, CO 81611
3 Trecento Quindici Decano
Tucked into the St. Regis Aspen is Trecento Quindici Decano, or 315 spelled out in Italian. Here, traditional dishes from the homeland are paired with sides like the Mortadella Meatballs, complete with a marinara sauce and parmesan.
315 Dean St. Aspen, CO 81611
4 Jimmy's An American Restaurant and Bar
When you can't get meatballs, go for meatloaf. Jimmy's has made an name for itself as one of the premier steakhouses in town, and customers rave about the meatloaf, served with Yukon potatoes and steamed vegetables. Because it's also known for tequila and mezcal, try a cocktail first.
205 S Mill St #2 Aspen, CO 81611
Down the road in Basalt, Tempranillo specializes in the art of tapas, combining the tastes of the Mediterranean in a cozy atmosphere. Albondigas (Spanish meatballs) are perfectly spiced and the quintessential starter for a several hour meal--just how the Europeans like it.
165 Midland Ave. Basalt, CO 81621