Category Archive: Chefs

Isabella Morgia Di Vicari

Meet Isabella Morgia Di Vicari, Co-Owner and Chef of the Meatball Stoppe, who was the winner of the People’s Choice Award from the 2015 Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge. Isabella will be coming back this year as a judge! Don’t forget to check out the silent auction which includes a dinner for 8 at the Meatball Stoppe.

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Behind the scene with Chef Julie Casey

Go behind the scene with Chef Julie Casey as she shops at the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry and creates a recipe from the ingredients found there.



Behind the scene with Chef Mark Baize

Go behind the scene with Chef Mark Baize with Roy’s Restaurant. He loves to play with his food.


Behind the scene with Chef Francesco Aiello


Go behind the scenes with Chef Francesco Aiello from Francesco’s Ristorante for a look at the Pantry To Plate Chefs’ Challenge.

On a roll… with the Meatball Stoppe

Meatball_Stoppe Lifestyle Magazine 2015Chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari, Owner of The Meatball Stoppe, is on a roll… of the meatball kind. Check out this article in the latest Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine. Hum? What dish will she create for the Pantry To Plate Chef’s Challenge on October 15?Join us to find out. Tickets on sale now. ‪#‎pantrytoplatechallenge‬ ‪#‎meatballstoppe‬

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Heritage features Pantry To Plate event

Thank you to the Heritage Jewish News for featuring our Pantry To Plate Chef’s Challenge on the front page of the August 21 edition Year 39, No.50. To see the entire article, follow the link below:

Isabella’s One Pot Primavera Pasta

DSCN0477Meet one of our talented Pantry to Plate competitors: Isabella Morgia di Vicari, owner of the Meatball Stoppe. Isabella stopped by the JFS Orlando Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry with a generous donation to our Summer Food Drive! Did you know, during the summer months, JFS Orlando provides roughly 40% more families with food from the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry? Once school is out, Central Florida students who depend on free and reduced lunches will no longer have access to proper and nutritious food. We need your help keeping the pantry stocked so JFS Orlando can continue to feed hungry families and individuals.

Isabella’s donation included ingredients needed to create her “Mamma’s Signature Dish Pasta Patate”. Our mouths are watering just by reading the recipe! Make sure to stop by The Meatball Stoppe located at 7325 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, 32822 to try Isabella’s delicious, savory selection of Authentic, Specialty Meatballs!


Pasta Patate e Piselli or One Pot Primavera PastaDSCN0454


1 medium onion chopped                                                                                    

4 cloves garlic sliced                                                                                              

1 medium potatoes cut in cubes                                                                                

1 medium zucchini cut in half moons
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut 1/4″-thick piecesDSCN0468
1 cups green peas
6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 plum tomatoes, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped                    

Salt and cayenne to taste
1 lb. spaghetti or penne pasta
1⁄4 cup freshly grated Romano Cheese                                                

2 cup chicken stock
handful of fresh basil, shredded

Heat olive oil in a 4 qt pan over medium-high heat. Sauté onions for 3 minutes add potatoes and cook until almost done, add garlic and all other vegetables. Season with salt and cayenne.

Add chicken stock and simmer until start to thicken. Drop pasta into the pan and cook on medium heat. Add water or more stock until pasta is covered. Cook for 8 min or until pasta is done.

Stir in Romano cheese and fresh basil and serve.

Watch the instructional video below…Buon Apettito!