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|Mozzarella, rice, sometimes tomato sauce, eggs, bread crumbs|
Supplì (Italianisation of the French word surprise) are Italian snacks consisting of a ball of rice (generally risotto) with tomato sauce and raw egg, typical of the Roman Cuisine. Originally, they were filled with chicken giblets, mincemeat or provatura, now also with a piece of mozzarella; the whole morsel is soaked in egg and coated with bread crumbs and then fried (usually deep-fried). The supplì can be also prepared without tomato sauce (Suppli' in bianco).
Supplì are usually eaten with the fingers: when one is broken in two pieces, the mozzarella becomes drawn out in a string somewhat resembling the cord connecting a telephone handset to the hook. This has led to these dishes being known as supplì al telefono.
Originally supplì were sold at friggitorie, typical Roman shops (nowadays disappeared) where fried food was sold. Now they are commonly served in each pizzeria all around Italy as antipasto.
- Boni (1983), p. 76
- Carnacina (1975), p. 117
- Boni (1983), p. 77
- Boni, Ada (1983) . La Cucina Romana (in Italian). Roma: Newton Compton Editori.
- Carnacina, Luigi; Buonassisi, Vincenzo (1975). Roma in Cucina (in Italian). Milano: Giunti Martello.