Liverpool’s own UFC star Meatball Molly and business partner and chef Joel McCarthy to open a brand new food concept in Baltic Market.

The pair will bring a brand-new food concept this July to Liverpool’s first food hall, Baltic Market, delivering knock-out flavours, HUGE energy, mighty meatball subs and punchy pasta.

Polpetta (meatball in Italian) will be an incredible Italian kitchen and deli, bringing you subs by day, and pasta at night; we’re so excited for them to join the tastiest food line-up in Liverpool!

Molly McCann may be known by many as “the Meatball” one of the most recognisable names in UFC the last few years, but Molly is so much more; an ambassador at ‘Gloves up, Knives down’, a mental health advocate and now; a restaurant owner.

Joel has been running his own business, macro chef, for the last few years, amassing a following of health-conscious and flavour-hunting patrons by serving up the healthiest and tastiest macro meals, including custom plans for Molly and Next Gen MMA. 

The long-time friends have been training hard in the kitchen for months, creating a menu with flavours that will knock you out quicker than Molly’s spinning elbow. They want you to be floored by their food, and after spending time out of the ring perfecting the menu, you’ll likely be tapping IN for another serving.

Let’s look at some of the food options you can expect from this power duo


Meatball sub: (of course) Beef and sausage meatballs, sugo, provolone, pecorino and basil

Deli meat sandwich: Whipped nduja ricotta, fennel salami, bresaola, honey vinaigrette and seasonal salad leaves

The heavyweight sandwich – Italian beef: Braised beef, beef fat mayo, roast peppers, pickled onion, bone marrow jus

Aubergine fritta: Marinated fried aubergine, sundried tomato mayo, fontina and salsa verde


Spaghetti polpetta, 36 month parmesan and gremolata. Which will be sure to pick you up in the 5th round!

Alfredo -…

And specials on the board every week.


Caesar salad, Parmesan, pangrattato, fried capers
Courgettes fries, Parmesan and roast garlic aioli, lemon
House-made crisps


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