Supplì of rice
Type Snack
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Lazio
Main ingredients Mozzarella, rice, sometimes tomato sauce, eggs, bread crumbs
Cookbook: Supplì  Media: 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,[1] 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).[1] The supplì can be also prepared without tomato sauce (Suppli' in bianco).

The dish is native to Rome from the region of Lazio in Italy.[1]

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.[3]

Supplì can be seen as a variant of Sicily's arancini or as a kind of croquette.

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.


  1. 1 2 3 4 Boni (1983), p. 76
  2. Carnacina (1975), p. 117
  3. Boni (1983), p. 77


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

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