|Place of origin||Italy|
|Region or state||Lazio|
|Main ingredients||Mozzarella, rice, sometimes tomato sauce, eggs, bread crumbs|
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. Originally, they were filled with chicken giblets, mincemeat or provatura (a kind of cheese from Lazio), now also with a piece of mozzarella; the whole morsel is soaked in egg, coated with bread crumbs and then fried (usually deep-fried). 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).
Supplì were originally sold at friggitorie, typical Roman shops (nowadays disappeared) where fried food was sold. Now they are commonly served in pizzerias all around Italy as an antipasto.
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