This month we want to highlight one of our favorite starters at Mulino: Arancini Sicilian. This is a classic dish that we know you’ll love. Not only is it seriously good, but it is also a staple in Italy. Let’s learn a little more about how these rice balls came about and what makes them so delicious!
Throughout Southern Italy, it is common to find street vendors who sell these tasty and hearty bites from carts. During the festival of Saint Lucia, which takes place in December in Palermo, the city fills up with stands, carts, and frying kiosks filled with arancini that are prepared for the occasion. Although not particularly famous outside of Italy, arancini are often served as big rice balls, some the size of oranges! (In fact, “arancia” means “orange”.) The most common fillings include meat sauce with peas, prosciutto, and cheese.
Our Arancini Sicilian
At Mulino, our Arancini Sicilian are served as deep-fried rice balls filled with taleggio and bolognese, served with house salsa. Taleggio is a semi-soft, washed-rind Italian cheese named after the caves of Val Taleggio. It’s one of the oldest soft cheeses produced every autumn and winter. Our Bolognese is a style of ragu originating from Bologna, Italy.
When you dine with us at Mulino, our food transports you to Italy. Since we are not traveling right now, it’s the perfect excuse to “get away” when you visit us! Make your reservations today for the ultimate Italian experience.