Supplì are Italian snacks consisting of a ball of rice (generally risotto) with or without tomato sauce (Supplì in bianco) and raw egg around a piece of mozzarella; the whole morsel is soaked in egg and coated with breadcrumbs and then fried (usually deep-fried). The dish is native to Rome.
If the supplì are eaten in pieces, the mozzarella can stretch out in a string somewhat resembling an old telephone cord. This has led to these dishes being known as supplì al telefono.
In Rome, supplì are fried rice croquettes which are stuffed with bacon and mozzarella. Supplì can be seen as a variant of Sicily's arancini or Naples' palline di riso or as a kind of croquette.
Italian Americans make a supplì-like dish, but rather than deep-frying the balls, they are made into a soup, usually known as soup with risotto.
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