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Mozzarella in Carrozza (Italian Cheese Sandwich)

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Mozzarella in Carrozza is a classic Italian cheese sandwich made with a slice of mozzarella between 2 slices of bread, dipped into flour and egg, and quickly fried.  There’s something irresistible about a golden-brown, crispy bread with melted mozzarella sandwiched in between.  It’s Italian street food at its best!

This is a classic cheese sandwich that originated from Naples, Italy.

Growing up, our mom made these mozzarellas in Carrozza often, it was her Italian version of the American grilled cheese sandwiches.

It’s not often we get to make these, but when we do it’s a real treat in our house.  I was craving them the other day, and decided to only make one sandwich, and cut it into 4 mini cheese sandwiches just like our mom did.


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Crispy fried bread on the outside with gooey-melted mozzarella on the inside, it’s so tasty and so delicious with every bite!  Once you try them, you’ll wonder why you didn’t hear about these sandwiches sooner.

Mozzarella in Carrozza brings back wonderful memories for us.  My husband and I can remember traveling through Naples, Italy, and couldn’t help notice, that “mozzarella in Carrozza” appeared on every menu in practically every restaurant. 

And still today,  it’s a staple appetizer dish in many restaurants throughout the city of Naples.



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What does “Mozzarella in Carrozza” mean?

The term “in Carrozza” means “in the carriage.”  Back in the day in Italy, they would serve mozzarella sandwiches in paper baskets (in Carrozza), and these paper baskets resembled a little baby carriage, and from that, the name stuck!

Mozzarella in Carrozza happens to be one of those Italian ideas born in Naples from the simplest ingredients, and have a huge impact on flavor with every bite.  So yummy and so good, they’re addicting!



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Your family will enjoy these simple cheese sandwiches!

Whether you make them mini sizes or larger – or cut into half-size portions.  From kids to adults, when frying these mini mozzarella sandwiches in the kitchen, the delicious aroma will fill your home, calling everyone to the table!








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Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza ~ is a classic Italian cheese sandwich made with a slice of mozzarella between 2 slices of bread, dipped into flour and egg, and quickly fried. Classic Italian street food at its best!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 slices of white bread, or Gluten-Free white bread
  • 1 package of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. of half and half or milk
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • olive oil, for frying


  1. Grab a small bowl and beat 1 egg, add 1 tablespoon of half and half (or milk), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside. In a second small bowl add the flour.
  2. Cut the bread into quarters. Slice 4 pieces of the mozzarella (about 1/4-inch thick) and place each slice into each quarter of the bread.
  3. In a small frying pan, add about 1/4-inch olive oil. Preheat on medium-low heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, dip each mini sandwich into the flour and dredge all sides. Then dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, coating all sides. Add it to the hot oil and lightly fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side, turning them over once, or until the mozzarella is melted. Drain on paper towels. Optional: Sprinkle with some fresh cracked pepper on top. Serve warm.
  5. Yields: 4 mini mozzarellas in Carrozza


Cooks Notes: You if plan to double the recipe, you will need to add one egg for every 2 slices of bread. Plus, you can make them into normal size sandwiches and cut them in half. The mini sizes are wonderful to serve as a quick appetizer while the family is waiting for dinner. And, they reheat in the oven, perfectly.



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  • Reply
    Kitchen Riffs
    March 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    What a terrific recipe! I love grilled cheese sandwiches, and these are grilled cheese on steroids! Really nice — thanks.

    • Reply
      March 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      YOu're welcome! ..haha and thank you John!

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    March 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Oh no! ๐Ÿ™ , well Sue its never too late! You and your daughter can enjoy them as soon as you make them!
    Have a great week! Ciao!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    March 15, 2017 at 2:57 am

    My mom never made these for me, I feel totally deprived!!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Talk above Pavlov's response ๐Ÿ™‚ They look so tasty and what a delicious meatless meal these would make!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you Sue! Hope you'll try them soon!

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    Tricia Buice
    March 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Oh my goodness I bet this is delicious! I real treat indeed and I would like mine served with a little side of marinara for dipping please! If I ever get to Naples I will have to order this … as an appetizer of course. Thanks Anna & Liz!

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      March 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      The marinara sauce for dipping sounds wonderful Tricia! I'm sure kids will enjoy that.

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    March 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Gosh! This makes my mouth water it looks so delicious! A very delicious melting scrumptiousness!
    I got that last word underlined, but I'm going to leave it because it explains it so well!

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      March 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Sandra! Hope you love the Italian version of grilled cheese sandwiches!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    March 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I would eat a ton of these! What's funny is that during Passover I actually make something like this but with matzoh! Love them!

    • Reply
      March 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Abbe,I believe it! There are so many dishes that are similar to our cultures, dating far back as BC. Your version with matzoh sounds delicious too;I bet they are! I hope you'll try our version. Have a great day!

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