One of the most important linguistic debate in Italian culture is whether the Sicilian ball of fried rice is called arancina or arancino. Being a mathematician myself I am not interested in these details – I just stuff my face with one more of them.
This is not a supplì. It might sound like it, the concept is really similar, but don’t you dare compare it to a supplì. The arancina usually has a heart of goodness like meat or cheese and around it it’s all rice, while in a supplì the rice and meat are mixed. Also, the shape of an arancina is more similar to an onigiri than to a supplì.
Now that we are done with technical quibble, Mondo Arancina is a great place for a quick, inexpensive lunch. The ragù arancina is amazing, and you will eat a lot with just two of them for the great price of just 5 euros. They even have a nice selection of craft beer from Sicily and some good takeaway pizza. Right next to it there is also a gelato shop and a pastry shop both run by the same owner and they both offer good traditional Sicilian food. Don’t get me wrong, in Palermo it is all on another level, but exactly because of this, this is definitely the place that will make you crazy curious to go to Sicily to try it out. If it is this good here, imagine there.