Arancini, the Sicilian deep-fried rice balls, have been listed in the revised 2019 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Arancini hail from the Catania region of east Sicily, and are made in a conical shape reminiscent of the volcano Mount Etna.
The listing in the English dictionary has also reignited the spelling of the popular street food snack: Oxford has chosen the masculine ‘arancini’, native to Catania, over the feminine ‘arancini’ as they are known in western Sicily including Palermo.
The fried rice balls are said to have originated in 10th-century Sicily at a time when the island was under Arab rule. Arancini can be purchased in Rome but be warned however that they are a great deal larger and more filling than the capital’s supplì.