Still a Mystery
The history of arancini as well as many other typical Sicilian meals still remain veiled in mystery and folk tales. It seems the first documented form of arancini date back to the 19th century. Surprisingly, the first arancini were sweet and were made using ingredients such as ricotta cheese, sugar, spices, and milk. With the arrival of ingredients from the “New World” everything changed.
Tomato, one of the most prominent “new” products revolutionized the cuisine; after being cooked into sauce, recipes using tomato started to multiply. Thanks to this radical change, arancini started to be predominantly salty “with ragù”.