What’s wrong with me that I’ve never shared this recipe with you before?! Seriously! Not once (before today) I stopped to take pictures for you. And I make mozzarelle in carrozza all the time at home. All the times that I’m looking for a fun, scrumptious and quick dinner idea. And all those times that I miss home. Yes, this is one of those recipes that makes my mind fly 10,000 km across the ocean, and reminds me of Venezia.
Even though I can’t duplicate the delicious-smelling scent drifting off the crowded osterie, or the same magical atmosphere of walking along the canals while eating one of these, I can reproduce the taste of the same mozzarelle in carrozza in my own kitchen, and share with you this recipe.
So once you try it too, you can take a big bite, close your eyes, and daydream. Just like I do!
Mozzarelle in carrozza (traslated “mozzarelle in a carriage”) is one of my favorite “cicchetti” serve by traditional “bacari” (non-fancy, little restaurants/bars in Venezia).
Cicchetti is the Venetian name for some types of scrumptious finger food, snack or small dish. Think of Spanish tapas but Italian, and generally eaten standing around the bar counter, while hanging with your friends and sipping some local wine.
The tradition has it that you should walk around from one osteria to the next, generally at dinner time (but lunch works too!), savoring and tasting the large variety of authentic food while sipping wine and enjoy your time with friends. Make it a pre-dinner happy hour , or a unique dinner experience.
A must-try, next time you find yourself in Venezia!
Mozzarelle in carrozza are originally from Naple, but Venice changed up the recipe, and made it its own.
In Southern Italy, the mozzarella sandwich is dipped in flour and egg wash (some cases I’ve seen bread crumbs too) and fried.
In Venezia, we dip in a “pastella” (thick batter made with flour, milk, egg). And to add an extra layer of indulgence, we add one anchovy fillet in the middle (or ham if you prefer). Fry, serve steamy hot and melty on the inside. And eat as fast as you can!
Buon appetito :)