Cooking exercise before travelling. Supplì al telefono – Rice croquette

Rome is a city of endless pleasures. Strolling around, enjoying the mild air under a sunny sky is definitely one of them. Exploring the historical neighbourhoods is a never-ending discovery, ever for natives. Enjoying world known attractions as well as hidden corners can actually turn your trip to Rome into a everlasting memory. Thus, you will never be the same once Rome’s enchanting atmosphere will enter you body: you will, from now on, look around through the eyes of beauty and you will be forever longing for more of it.

Rome is always there for you, with its arms open to embrace you with its easygoing manners, its magnificence and its lively spirit at the same time, to be experienced and understood. Keeping your nose up to catch a glimpse of beauty in Rome is something magic while dozens of pathways are open up for you: just follow your heart and you will find you unique way to discover the Eternal City: Rome.

Strolling around is also the best way to taste the traditional Roman street food, made of simple and easy recipes, creatively produced by the Romans by using the leftovers of a previous meal. The countless number of pizza shops, ice-cream (gelato) shops, roasted chestnut stalls and many more kiosks will definetly surprise and amaze you in such a way that you’ll find yourself casually buying a savoury or a sweet treat to eat while strolling. The citizens of Rome love walking around and they also are food lovers; street food is a must for them also! in fact can you imagine anything better than walking around tasting a “supplì al telefono” or simply “supplì”? A fried rice croquette, filled with melted mozzarella cheese. Trust me: if not for the Colosseum or Trevi’s fountain, Rome is worth a visit even just for to taste a supplì.

Supplì al Telefono – Rice croquettes “on the phone”

Supplì al Telefono: literally “rice croquette on the phone”.

It’s a pretty easy recipes, so try to make it your yourself at home before visiting Rome and you’ll get an idea of what you can expect from the Roman food. This recipe is provided by my very good friend Valentina Violi, a real citizen of Rome!!


  • 400 gr of rice – Carnaroli or Arborio rice are better (avoid basmati or parboiled rice which are not good for this recipe).The best for me is Acquerello
  • 300 cl. of plain tomato sauce.
  • 1 Glass of white wine – try a glass of Piemonte Chardonnay.
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Mozzarella cheese (the round and fresh ones)
  • 5 Eggs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Warm broth or hot water
  • Olive oil
  • Frying oil – Peanut oil might be the best option for this recipe.


Let’s start preparing the tomato sauce: chop the onion in small pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan, add the chopped onions and let them brown a bit until they turn gold. Then add the tomato sauce, with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

When the sauce is ready put the rice in the pan, simmer with white wine until reduced, then add warm broth (or water), one ladleful at a time and wait for the rice to absorb it. Add more ladlefuls of broth until the rice will be cooked (avoid overcooking the rice as the final result should be a consistent mass of cooked rice easy to shape into croquettes). Once the rice is done, put it into a large bowl, add some salt and pepper and let it cool.

Supplì al Telefono – Rice croquettes “on the phone”

Once the rice has cooled down put 1 egg yolk in the bowl and mix vigorously to ease the shaping of the rice croquettes.

Beat the remaining 4 eggs in a deep plate (or a bowl), then chop the mozzarellas into small dice. Grease your hands with a drop of olive oil, take a handful of rice (enough to create a small croquette),  put 2/3 dice of mozzarella cheese in the center and close the supplì. Your shall make oval shaped croquettes (if the rice is not solid enough you can add some breadcrumbs or another egg yolk to ease the shaping).

Roll each rice croquette (supplì) in the beaten eggs and then in the breadcrumbs. You shall be careful here to avoid breaking the rice ball.

Heat the frying oil in a pan or in a fryer until it reaches a high temperature: fry the rice croquettes until they turn into a golden brown on the outside. Drain them on paper towel and serve very hot for the best treat.

Try a supplì at home and if you like it, go to Rome to have plenty!

A smart advice: do you want to know why supplì are called “croquette on the phone”? Let’s share a very hot supply with another person by breaking it in the middle: each of you taking its half to the mounth: a long string of mozzarella will cover the distance between you and your supplì partner. As you were on the phone.

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