Paulie was there to try to the fried pizza, which you know I adore.
I was there to put the rice balls to the test.
Rice balls are my favorite food, I grew up eating my Nonna’s rice balls, therefore I am a tough judge.
So I was surprised when the waitress said three rice balls come in one portion. Adelina’s owner, Toby gave us four so we didn’t have to share. Rice balls are not meant for sharing.
The rice balls were on the smaller size, about the size of a hand ball and perfectly breaded and fried. Not complaining; the smaller they are, the more fried surface area to enjoy! They were served with a light tomato sauce for dipping.
Unlike some rice balls that are stuffed in the center with cheese and meat, these had cheese running throughout the rice, which makes sense since these are small.
Toby and I texted rice balls knowledge (for real):
Butter? You bet! Toby makes a traditional risotto first with butter, then adds parmesan cheese at the end. The pinkish hue is from some tomato sauce added at the end, but you can also use pesto.
Toby will let us know when he has pesto rice balls on the menu and next time I am ordering all three for myself.