12/03/2012 05:47:00 PM

Pop-Up Watch: NYC's The Meatball Shop Tonight at Hopscotch in Oakland

One trend that hasn’t quite hit the Bay Area (yet) is the resurgence of the meatball. If you’re curious what all the fuss is about, head to Oakland tonight where the owners of New York City’s famed The Meatball Shop will be popping up at former kitchen mate Kyle Itani’s new Uptown eatery Hopscotch. Itani just nabbed three stars for his Japanese-inspired diner food from Chronicle reviewer Michael Bauer, but tonight it’s all about meatballs (served “naked", as shown above, or in nestled into heroes), along with sides such as rigatoni, polenta and salad, at his San Pablo Ave perch. It’s certain to be a bit of a mob scene, with a first-come, first-serve line from 5 PM- midnight, but the crew will be doling out PBR, wine and their signature boozy Fool-Aid rum punch to stave off the wait. Check out tonight's complete pop-up menu here.

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