Ever wonder how to satisfy a craving in a compact way and still feel like you had a great meal? Lots of options exist that probably fall into the junk food category, but if you’re foodie you are probably craving something a little cooler than a boring slice of pizza.
Enter the Italian street food arancini, or “little oranges”, named for the appearance of the fried balls of risotto, coated with breadcrumbs, with various delicious fillings including a traditional ragu or meat sauce. The arancino (singular) originated in Sicily and varies in size depending on where you get them.
One Brooklyn food outlet that’s churning out these savory balls of pleasure to the happy patrons of Bushwick is Arancini Brothers, which is owned by David Campaniello and Guilia DellaGatta, who happen to be cousins.
They set up a modest shop (a few stools and a counter space) right next to a neighborhood bar so people can grab a few balls, or many, to settle their hunger immediately. Apart from the traditional ragu, there are other filling options from a rotating menu to choose from including spicy buffalo chicken and Gorgonzola cheese, pulled pork and barbeque sauce, Thanksgiving Special, which is turkey with cranberry stuffing. The list continues with seafood, vegetarian, vegan, and dessert options like their famous Nutella ball.
Arancini Brothers does catering and sell their hearty rice balls at food festivals and urban markets all over the city as well as larger venues like Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium (Giants Stadium) and Madison Square Garden. They also just started to flash freeze smaller golf ball-sized versions for consumers to heat up at home themselves and will be available in stores next year for your eating pleasure.