Arancino (plural: arancini): n. Authentic Sicilian street food. Made with arborio rice and filled with anything our hearts desire. Then deep-fried and eaten hot. With your hands.
Granita: n. Authentic Sicilian sweet ice. The perfect combination of cold and refreshing.
Dave and some friends met while working as technicians for a touring rock band. One day a conversation led to a discovery of their mutual admiration for arancini (Sicilian rice balls). Immediately the idea was born to start a business specializing in these awesome treats.
Could a Sicilian street food staple like arancini actually catch on in New York? Dave was eager to find out. He hopped a plane to Sicily in 2009 and toured the island, sampling arancini from every possible vendor he could find.
Inspired by his discoveries, he returned to New York ready to debut his product at the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side in 2010. Warm initial receptions and positive press encouraged him to seek further outlets to exploit his balls. In February 2011, Arancini Bros. pirated the kitchen attached to the infamous Wreck Room Bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn where they began the slogan “We’ve got balls!”
Over Thanksgiving dinner Dave and his cousin Giulia shared thoughts about Dave's new venture. Giulia could not be more excited about the idea. She saw limitless possibilities! The two merged into partnership with A friend, and the newly formed TRIO (like the three-legged TRINACRIA: The ancient symbol of Sicily) commenced their journey to making this 10th Century traditional food modern and exciting!