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Supplì of rice
Place of originItaly
Region or stateLazio
Main ingredientsMozzarella, rice, sometimes tomato sauce, eggs, bread crumbs
Suggestion for presentation of supplì

Supplì (pronounced [supˈpli]; Italianization of the French word surprise) are Italian snacks consisting of a ball of rice (generally risotto) with tomato sauce, typical of Roman cuisine.[1][2] Originally, they were filled with chicken giblets, mincemeat or provatura (a kind of cheese from Lazio),[1] now also with a piece of mozzarella; the whole morsel is soaked in egg, coated with bread crumbs and then fried (usually deep-fried).[1] They are closely related to Sicilian arancini and croquettes. Supplì can be also prepared without tomato sauce (supplì in bianco "white-style supplì").

They are usually eaten with the fingers: when one is broken in two pieces, mozzarella is 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 ("telephone-style supplì", in reference to cables).[3]

Supplì were originally sold at friggitorie, typical Roman shops where fried food was sold. Now they are commonly served in most pizzerias all around Italy as an antipasto.


  1. ^ a b c Boni 1983, p. 76
  2. ^ Carnacina & Buonassisi 1975, p. 117
  3. ^ Boni 1983, p. 77


  • Boni, Ada (1983) [1930]. La Cucina Romana [Roman Cuisine] (in Italian). Rome: Newton Compton Editori.
  • Carnacina, Luigi; Buonassisi, Vincenzo (1975). Roma in Cucina [Rome in the Kitchen] (in Italian). Milan: Giunti Martello.

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