It's the year of the meatball. Beginning Valentine's Day, Baltimore Diner will follow meatballs wherever they may roll in 2012. Welcome to Pop goes the Meatball.

In New York, where meatball mania has taken hold, a new meatball is on its way. Meatball Obsession will open in late March in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The man behind the walk-up window, is Daniel Mancini, who quit his fashion career in 2007 to launch his own meatball line, MamaMancini meatballs, now available in 12,000 stores. Mancini's meatballs are from his grandmother's recipe. “Meatballs are trendy right now," Mancini told Crain's New York. "I think at some point that could pop.” he said. (Crain's New York Business)

Closer to home, Sergio Vitale has posted the recipe for the veal meatball, the signature menu item at his restaurant Chazz: A Bronx Original, on his recently launched Food for Thought blog.

And here are more recent meatball recipes from the Baltimore Sun and beyond:

A tailgating recipe from John Houser for meatball subs.

Three Super Bowl meatball recipes from the Chicago Tribune.

Two recipes from this year's group of Pillsbury Bake-Off finalists Meatball Minestone Bake and Marmalade-Glazed Asian Meatball Cups

And check out the Baltimore Sun's brand new meatball photo gallery.