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Meatball madness rolling into San Jose, Campbell

A food trend that grabbed New Yorkers by the palate several years ago has finally made its way West. The locally owned House of Meatball, which launched last year in Morgan Hill, is getting ready to expand to San Jose and Campbell.

Despite the singularity of the House of Meatball name, there are many, many choices here — and you can mix and match your meats and sauces. The Fixed Ballers international array includes chicken meatballs with marsala sauce, spicy Thai pork meatballs and steakhouse-style beef meatballs.

Or you can customize your protein (lamb, pasture-raised beef, free-range chicken, pork or organic veggie) and your sauce (eight, from classic red marinara to arugula pesto to lemon dill.) Feel you need to supplement this meat-o-rama with leafy veggies? The menu offers garden greens, a Caesar and an apple-walnut salad.

The Morgan Hill meatballery is open daily from 11 a.m. at 632 Tennant Station Way. Look for updates on the other locations (3129 Meridian Ave., 342 E. Campbell Ave.) at www.houseofmeatball.com.

For those keeping track of trends, the Food Channel says Jo Piazza of FoxNews.com gives credit for the meatball craze to chef Daniel Holzman and co-owner Michael Chernow. They opened the first Meatball Shop in 2010 in New York City.

And there’s no need to feel bad about the late start out here. Many folks back East still think avocado is a truly strange addition to sandwiches and salads.

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