Last week, we had a meeting at Lombardi's New York Pizza & Wings on Evansville's east side where they serve New York style pizza. First off, the pizza was delicious! But they also had something on their menu that was very much not pizza but I had to try.

It's an authentic Italian dish called an Arancini "Arincini." I had never heard of it and I watch my fair share of Food Network! Traditionally, Arancini are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried. The most common filling are: "al ragù" or "al sugo", filled with ragù, mozzarella and/or caciocavallo cheese, and often peas and "al burro" or "'a bburro" filled with ham and mozzarella or besciamella. - Wikipedia.

According to their menu, the Arincini is risotto rice, seasoned beef, peas, mozzarella and parme cheese rolled into a ball, breaded and fried served with a side of marinara all for $2.50! YUM!

Ashley S describes them as, "The epitome of southern Italian street food, these small risotto balls are stuffed with mozzarella and peas, dredged in breadcrumbs, and deep fried. The resulting arancini — named for the "little oranges" that they resemble — explode with each crunchy, cheese-filled bite."

Here's a pic of the inside of the Arancini. And it was delicious and pretty big!

Ashley S

If you want to try the Arincini or some New York style pizza, Lombardi's is located at 3311 North Green River Rd. in Evansville!