CrossFit’s Mat Fraser Raves About These Life-Changing Meatballs


From: Men’s Health

  • CrossFit athlete Mat Fraser and his partner Sammy Moniz frequently talk about the meatballs they ate in Italy, which were practically life-changing.
  • Moniz cooks for the athlete and runs an Instagram documenting their meals.
  • Her latest post documents Moniz’s attempt to recreate the couple’s favorite meatball recipe.

CrossFit champion Mat Fraser is known for eating very well, thanks in part to the culinary skills of his partner Sammy Moniz. But one of the best dishes Fraser has ever eaten are meatballs from a small Italian fishing town called Monopoli.

On her Instagram account @feedingthefrasers, Moniz revealed these meatballs are life-changing. In fact, they were so good, the couple often talks about them as “the meatball moment.”

“I took a bite and my brain melted,” she wrote. “We reference that in our house often as ‘the meatball moment’… when you have a bite of food that alters everything you thought you knew about food, and life. Ya, they were THAT good.”

Of course, even the “Fittest Man on Earth” can’t just travel to Italy every time a meatball craving hits. So Moniz attempted to recreate the recipe at home. Her latest post showed a skillet of meatballs topped with mozzarella and provolone that definitely looked worthy of a meatball moment. They are likely not for the calorie-conscious, but with a name like “Better than your momma’s meatballs,” they’re probably worth the splurge.

Moniz says that while they are pretty damn great, they fell a bit short of her expectations.

“These are deeeelish and you’ll enjoy them just as we did, but my brain did not melt,” she wrote. “My pursuit continues!”

We’re pretty sure these will satisfy anyone’s hankering for Italian food–as long as you haven’t tasted the life-changing meatballs in Monopoli!


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