West Mohawk Street will be closed Sept. 17 to make room for Buffalo's ultimate test of spherical deliciousness, the Meatball Street Brawl.
Eighteen restaurants will woo eaters, their bids 1-ounce meatballs, usually with sauce. Some restaurants will offer two meatballs, said organizer Nick Pitillo, of Osteria 166.
"We started talking about 2-ounce balls but when you do the math, that's crazy," Pitillo said. Patrons can still put away more than a pound of meatballs, try to secure bragging rights for their favorite flavor, and support local charities.
Votes will be tabulated under the watchful eyes of Dansa & D'Arata, certified public accountants, with the victor announced at halftime of the Bills game. Fans can watch the game on a billboard-sized screen.
To ease last year's congestion, the event will stretch from Franklin Street to Delaware Avenue, Pitillo said.
The event, which opens to the public at 11 a.m., is $15 advance, $20 door, available at the restaurants and meatballstreetbrawl.com. It benefits Meals on Wheels, the Michael Donald Perry St. Francis Scholarship Fund, and Make-A-Wish.
Restaurants include Amici, Bada Bing, Belsito, Frankie Primo's, Ristorante Lombardo, Linguine's, Marco's, Molinara's, MidTown Kitchen, Mulberry, Osteria 166, Panaro's, Pizza Plant, Share, Siena, Tempo, and This Little Pig.
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