Mozzarella in carrozza
Mozzarella in carrozza

A carrozza, also referred to as mozzarella in carrozza (Italian: mozzarella in carrozza, English: "mozzarella in a carriage"),[1][2] is a type of fried cheese sandwich or pastry in Italian cuisine. It is prepared by coating a mozzarella cheese sandwich in egg and flour, and frying it. It is a popular dish in the Campania region of Southern Italy and in areas of New York City. Mozzarella fritta is a variation of the dish that consists of battered cheese, without any bread.


The carrozza is prepared with mozzarella cheese, an egg wash and bread slices.[3][4] It can be prepared with various breads, such as Italian bread and sandwich loaf, among others.[3][5] The bread crust is sometimes removed before it is fried,[3][6] and the bread can be slightly toasted before the sandwich is fried.[7] Preparation involves assembling the sandwich, dredging it in egg wash, dipping it in flour, then pan or deep frying it.[3] Bread crumbs are sometimes used to coat the sandwich.[2][8] Olive oil is typically used for frying the carrozza.[3] Additional ingredients are sometimes used, such as ham, anchovies, eggplant, green tomatoes and basil.[9][1] After being cooked, it has a crisp or crunchy texture.[10] It can be served as an antipasti dish.[6]

By region

The carrozza is a street food and popular dish in Campania,[1][11] a region in southern Italy. Buffalo mozzarella, which is prepared using the milk from the Italian Mediterranean buffalo, is typically used in Campania to prepare the sandwich.[12]

It is also a popular dish in Italian-American restaurants in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx boroughs of New York City, where it is sometimes cooked by deep frying.[8]


Mozzarella fritta
Mozzarella fritta

A variation of the carrozza is mozzarella fritta (English: "fried mozzarella"), which is simply the battered and fried cheese without the bread.[3]

See also


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