String of Delight: Supplì al Telefono

Savor the charm of Rome with Supplì al Telefono, a dish where every bite is a dialogue of flavors. The crispy breadcrumb coating breaks away to reveal a stringy mozzarella heart, paired with a rich tomato-infused risotto rice, creating a 'telephone wire' effect that gives this snack its name.

String of Delight: Supplì al Telefono

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes 
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

Servings and Size

  • Yields: 10 servings 
  • Serving Size: 1 supplì (approximately 80g each)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal 
  • Carbohydrates: 35g 
  • Protein: 9g 
  • Fat: 8g 
  • Sodium: 410mg 
  • Fiber: 1g


  • Carnaroli rice - 300g
  • Mozzarella - 100g, cut into strips
  • Tomato sauce - 200ml
  • Chicken stock - 700ml
  • Eggs - 2, for coating
  • Breadcrumbs - 150g
  • Olive oil for frying

Method of Preparation

  • Cook rice with tomato sauce and chicken stock until al dente, then cool.
  • Take a spoonful of rice, place a strip of mozzarella in the center, and form into an oval shape.
  • Dip in egg, then breadcrumbs, and fry until golden.
  • Culinary Tips:Use thick tomato sauce for a richer flavor.
  • Mozzarella should be well-centered to ensure the 'telephone wire' effect.
  • Fry in small batches to maintain the oil temperature.


  • Q: Can I use another type of rice? A: Carnaroli is preferred for its creamy texture, but Arborio can be used.
  • Q: What oil is best for frying? A: Olive oil gives authentic flavor, but vegetable oil works for a milder taste.
  • Q: How do I achieve the perfect 'telephone wire'? A: Ensure the mozzarella is fully encased in the rice and don't overcook.


Supplì al Telefono is not just a dish; it's an edible piece of Roman history, a snack that's as playful as it is delicious.