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Deep fried rice balls?

hungryabbey May 24, 2009 04:47 AM

Speaking so much about the triple D reminded me of an episode where Guy featured some italian joint that made these special deep fried rice balls with lost over risotto I think. They took the rice and put ground meat and cheese inside, rolled the rice around the filling, rolled it it breadcrumbs and then deep fried them. Any idea where I might be able to get something like this in TO? It looked incredible!

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    dramarama May 24, 2009 04:59 AM

    If I recall correctly, Centro di Formaggio on the north side of College between Clinton and Grace should have them.

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      hungryabbey May 24, 2009 05:18 AM

      Is this an eat-in restaurant? I guess I was thinking more of a restaurant... though if I cant manage to find them in a sit-in spot, then I will try for take out as well.

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        phoenikia May 25, 2009 08:27 AM

        It's a deli with a hot table at the back, and several tables where you can sit and eat your meal. It's cafeteria style- no table service.

    2. Marimba May 24, 2009 05:28 AM

      Black Skirt (used to be Wish) has them...Arancini...not cheap, but oh so good...Marimba!

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        tuttebene May 24, 2009 05:45 AM

        Tre Mari on St. Clair W. used to have them. Also, if a roadtrip to Woodbridge is in order, try Grace Cheese - there's a location near Yorkdale as well but I have never been. to that one.

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          neighborguy May 24, 2009 08:00 AM

          In Woodbridge, Paninni at Weston&Hwy 7 has them.

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          abigllama May 24, 2009 09:19 PM

          I had it at Black Skirt a couple weeks back and they were excellent, as was the rest of the meal.

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            hungryabbey May 25, 2009 05:40 PM

            what are the portions like at black skirt? is this the kind of place where you'll get a great big bowl of pasta so you wont need to order a salad, primi and secondi, or are these pretty small portions?

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              Marimba May 25, 2009 06:44 PM


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                abigllama Jun 1, 2009 01:56 PM

                They're smaller than what you're used to getting for pasta orders. I'm a big eater, had a three course meal and was comfortably full after dessert. The pasta della nona dish I had was priced around $13 and was fresh and well worth it.

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                  hungryabbey Jun 1, 2009 07:20 PM

                  Thanks for the tips!

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            toveggiegirl May 24, 2009 06:15 AM

            As Marimba said, theyre called Arancini and are pretty common in Toronto. I've seen them at a variety of take-out places (everywhere from Highland Farms to Meat on the Beach).
            Check this thread out for ideas:

            1. pinkprimp May 24, 2009 06:50 AM

              I also saw them on the menu at barchef, and was intrigued, but didn't try them yet.

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                hungryabbey May 24, 2009 07:43 AM

                Thats great everyone, thanks so much!

                1. always_eating May 24, 2009 07:49 AM

                  Table 17 does Hot Balls (lol at the name), three balls as an appetizer for $6. Arancino - oyster mushroom & Fontina stuffed risotto ball with tomato sauce, Goat Cheese - with Ontario wildflower honey and Crab Croquette - served with Old Bay mayo. I liked them.

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                    hungryabbey May 24, 2009 05:58 PM

                    wow those sound amazing. Thanks, thats pretty close to me.

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                    Yum2MyTum May 24, 2009 08:35 AM

                    Hi hungryabbey -- they also sell a form of arancini at Osteria, the new Terroni-owned joint at Victoria south of Queen. I really enjoyed them there!

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                      torontofoodiegirl May 24, 2009 09:07 AM

                      I had good Arancini at L'Unita, though I think it might have been a daily special and not on the regular menu (they were veggie though - no meat).

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                        mercurkg May 24, 2009 07:06 PM

                        You can find these at quite a few Italian bakeries with hot tables.
                        La Rose Bakery in Etobicoke, or Comisso Brothers comes to mind.

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                          julesrules May 25, 2009 12:31 PM

                          They have them at North Pole Bakery, which is at Greenwood and Danforth so might work for hungryabbey as a downmarket option (vs the Table 17 ones, which sound fabulous). These ones did get a ho-hum CH review lately.

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                            neighborguy May 25, 2009 05:40 PM

                            hungryabbey, if you are in the neighborhood, you could also try the riceball at Columbo just east of Coxwell.

                        2. duckdown May 24, 2009 08:55 PM

                          Tony & Jim's in Brampton does rice balls, they are very popular there. So does Ricci's in Woodbridge, and lots of other places in Woodbridge

                          1. sgogo May 25, 2009 09:02 AM

                            I've had these at Bar Volo a few times as an appetizer. They're really good there, but then again I just really like Volo!

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                              hungryabbey May 25, 2009 05:36 PM

                              great! I have been meaning to try this place.

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                                sway Jun 1, 2009 11:20 AM

                                I've had them at Commisso Bros Bakery and also D'Aversa Bakery (several locations).

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