Thing you don’t know about Italy: Sicilian arancini
The Sicilian arancini (plural for arancino) are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried. They are usually filled with ragù (meat and tomato sauce), mozzarella, and peas.
The origin of this dish is attributed to the Arabic influence on Sicily during their dominion on the Island in the 10th century A.D. Today, with the increasing popularity of this finger food in modern Italian food culture, arancini are found all year round at most Sicilian food outlets, particularly in Palermo, Messina and Catania.
There are also a lot of regional variations on the rest of the peninsula: in Rome, they are called supplì, while in Naples pall’ e riso (ball of rise).
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