How to Make Meatball Pizza THE FOOD LAB Unraveling the mysteries of home cooking through science. J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT Growing up in New York, I'd never eaten a meatball pizza. Pizza is for eating out, meatballs are home cooking. It wasn't until I tasted the meatball pizza at Motorino and then at Best Pizza in Williamsburg that I discovered how great the idea is. It's 2 Italian-American favorites, all rolled into one specta. But like all mashups, there's a bit of finesse to getting it right.