All About Arancini

Arancini, or rice balls, have been a longstanding favorite of Italian-inspired cuisine for their ease of preparation, simpleness, and most importantly of all, deliciousness. Though the dish has become ubiquitous here among Italian eateries here in the United States, the story of arancini occupies a long timeline, originating from the island of Sicily. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at Italian rice balls – or arancini – including their origins, how they’re made, and more! If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information!

What is Arancini?

Arancini are deep-fried rice balls that are typically stuffed with savory ingredients, and covered in breadcrumbs. Though arancini can come in a variety of iterations, it most commonly has a ragu, or meat sauce, at its center. This commonly includes ground or minced meat such as beef, pork, or veal. In addition to meat, many arancini recipes call for cheese, most notably mozzarella or caciocavallo, as well as peas. With just one bite of arancini, you are immediately exposed to an entire world of robust Italian flavor.

Where Did it Come From?

As you can guess, Italy, but the birth of arancini can be specifically traced to Sicily. In fact, many historians agree that arancini first appeared on the island in the 10th century, when it was under Arab rule. Perhaps by no coincidence, arancini are similar to kibbeh, a popular dish in the Arab world. By visiting Sicily even today, you will find no shortage of arancini, as it remains a popular street food beloved by Italians and tourists alike.

Where Can I Find it?

Arancini are quite common in Italian-American cuisine, but it is most prominently seen in festivals, as it makes for an excellent finger-food. One such festival is Saint Anthony’s Feast, right here in Boston, which takes place from August 25th to the 28th. There, you’ll find all sorts of delicious food and drink from restaurants and vendors alike. Come on down this summer for an experience in Italian-American cuisine like no other!

Looking for Arancini and Quality Pizza in Boston?

Stop into Rina’s today! Rina’s Pizzeria is located in Boston’s historic North End neighborhood and has satisfied countless Bostonians and visitors alike! If you’re in Boston looking for delicious, savory pizza – look no further than us here at Rina’s! We look forward to seeing and serving you! Give us a call at (617) 456-5700, or contact us through our website.

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