London's Best Arancini

Deep-fried balls of creamy risotto: what more could you want in a snack? Check out our top three places to get these tasty morsels. 


Arancini Brothers

The Arancini Brothers have mastered the art of the arancini ball. Sicilian-style hand-rolled arancini risotto balls available as quick snacks to takeaway or scoff in one of their three shops in London. The risotto within the thin, crispy shell, is beautifully creamy and well-seasoned. Choose to have them crammed in a wrap with slow roast chicken, smoked bacon, braised mushrooms or pulled pork, or on their own.

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  • 8.5/10

Kentish Town
Factory Cafe, 115a Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB
020 3583 2242

592 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH
020 3583 7303




Having long been one of our favourite Italian restaurants in London, Polpo, despite gradual expansion, has kept the quality of it's grub up to scratch. They serve a great range of cichetti, but our fallback favourite is the arancini. Deep fried balls of well-seasoned, cheesy risotto are the ideal way to start off any Italian feast.

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41 Beak Street, W1F 9SB
020 7734 4479

Covent Garden
6 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
020 7836 8448

3 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DR
020 7250 0034

Notting Hill
126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
020 7229 3283



Cafe Murano

Tiny balls of truffle arancini covered in a light, salty breadcrumb and deep fried. Excellently seasoned, albeit slightly lacking in creaminess, but perhaps that was intentional. These risotto balls are a great way to begin a meal at one of London’s most exciting new Italian restaurants.

  • 9/10 (£4)
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  • 8.5/10

33 St James’s St, SW1A 1HD
020 3371 5559



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