Could 2014 be the year of the meatball? The simple comfort food staple is making a comeback, and not just stuffed into deli sub sandwiches and plopped on top of pasta. With variations existing across cultures, hip interpretations have been surfacing everywhere. They took on a Mexican twist as daily specials at Big Star and Masa Azul and Siena Tavern’s celebrity meatball even has its own Twitter account. Here are some of our favorite standbys along with a few new meatball dishes you shouldn’t miss.