Arancine (Air-Ran-CHEE-Knee) A Sicilian specialty of saffron flavored rice balls stuffed with varying ingredients that can include meat, meat sauce, vegetables and/or cheese. The rice balls are coated with breadcrumbs and usually fried, though they can also be baked. The word arancine means “little oranges” and refers to both the shape of the fruit and the orange color from the saffron. Arancine are a popular street food and often used as appetizers. If you see this on your favorite Italian restaurant menu, try it!