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Arancini, Supli, or Italian Rice Balls - Best?

Ever since Gus & Maria's Italian Delicatessen in deepest-darkest Scarberia closed a few years ago, I have been lusting for fresh Arancini or Supli, otherwise known as Italian rice balls. Their version had the meat, sauce and peas stuffing in a large cheesy rice ball cotaed with breadcrumbs and fried a crunchy mahogany brown.

Gus and Maria's was a common saturday morning ritual for my family for decades, the smell of the rice balls (as well as other treats like stuffed peppers, veal, cabbage rolls, etc.) would envelop the car and make the trip home excruciatingly exciting!

Anyone know of a place in Toronto (or North-York / Scarborough) where I can satisfy my longing?

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  1. I'll be watching the answers on this one. I've never seen anything remotely like Gus & Maria's since it closed. I have very fond memories of their wares. I assume the owners retired and moved out of the neighbourhood or I'd be tracking them down.

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    1. re: Googs

      Hey, as a side note - if anyone knows or is related to Gus & Maria I'd give anything for the authentic recipe, and/or travel to wherever they are now :-)

    2. I know Magiacake (McCaul and Elm) sells arancini. I also like the panini, but I don't really know how authentic everything is.

      1. I haven't been there for a long time, but the rice ball with nice tomato sauce was my favourite lunch item at Centro di Fromaggio on St.Clair West. It's an Italian deli with a hot table and eating area at the back.

        These days, I have it on occasion at Cafe Brasiliano. They don't have the rice balls everyday and when they do they often sell out quickly. But you can always console yourself with a good macchato:)

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        1. re: Kasia

          The Healthy Butcher has them...fabulous...not always avail so call first...also Centro Formaggio on St Clair just West of Dufferin also has...also fab...Miranda

        2. Centro Formaggi has the best I have had out there so far. Not like homemade, but close. Do a google search for suppli or arancini and you will get loads of recipes.

          1. North Pole Bakery at Greenwood & Danforth has them. I can't comment on the relative quality because it's the only place I've ever had them, but they are as you describe and satisfying.

            North Pole Bakery
            1210 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

            1. Occasionally, Dorio's Bakery (Weston Road/Bradstock) has carried arancini. Although, you may want to call ahead and ask if they're available.

              Dorio's Bakery Ltd
              12 Bradstock Road
              North York, ON M9M 1M8
              (416) 742-3661‎

              1. I like the arancini at World Class Bakers on St. Clair, and at Fusaro's at Spadina/Queen.

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                1. re: magic

                  I haven't had arancini anywhere other than at Fusaro's. I felt like it needed something when I had it, (perhaps more cheese? It's hard to say without knowing what it's supposed to taste like), but I know people who are addicted to it there.

                2. I had a very good rice ball today at Calabria. Warm, crisp and full of meat, sauce, cheese and peas. Thanks to BokChoi and DrButcher for turning me onto this spot. The pizza from the wood burning oven (Thurs and Fri only) was great, too.

                  1. Have you tried the ones at Francesca Bakery at McCowan and Invergordon (just south of Sheppard)? They're pretty good and they go fast. They only serve them between 11 and 2 for lunch, though.

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                    1. re: currycue

                      Francesca is the best place I tried so far in Scarborough! -- Other places I've tried are Calabria (on Midland) and Bona Via (on Ellesmere)
                      They have two kinds available: beef and chicken. I've tried both and I prefer the former kind. The arranchini are a large and I've been lucky in several times I've gone, the rice balls have been just pulled from the fryer.
                      CurryCue is right about them going fast, too.

                      I'm on the look out for other places selling Italian rice balls in SCARBOROUGH.

                    2. San Remo bakery makes them, however I think only on Thurs. and Fridays. They been around since the 70's and are family run. I love their rice balls, however have not had from anywhere else to compare to. They are on Royal York south of The Queensay. http://www.sanremobakery.com/