italian fried mozzarella sandwich cut open on a white plate

Mozzarella In Carrozza - Fried Mozzarella Sandwich

Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheese, mozzarella, quick, sandwich, street food, traditional
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: The Petite Cook
Mozzarella In Carrozza is the most popular Italian fried mozzarella sandwich - Golden crisp on the outside and creamy melt-in-your-mouth on the inside.
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  • 4 white sandwich bread slices
  • 150 g fresh mozzarella or buffalo mozzarella sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 120 g flour
  • 120 g panko breadcrumbs
  • 250 ml vegetable frying oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Fillings (optional):

  • 2 tbsp bechamel sauce
  • 2 ham slices


  • Cut the crust off from the white sandwich bread slices.
  • Brush the bread with béchamel sauce for the Sicilian version, add a slice of ham for the roman way or leave it plain for the Neapolitan. Add 2 thick mozzarella slices (about 1-inch wide) and close the sandwich.
  • Arrange the flour in a bowl or plate, and dredge the mozzarella sandwich in until fully coated.
  • Beat the eggs and milk in another bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper. Coat the sandwich on all sides with the egg-wash until fully covered.
  • Arrange the breadcrumbs on a plate and coat the sandwich to fully seal the mozzarella inside and avoid leaks during frying process. Repeat the breading process if necessary.
  • Heat the oil a in a deep heavy sauce-pan. Add more oil if needed until is enough to deep-fry the sandwich.
  • Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°F/ 170°C.
  • Gently fold the sandwich in and deep-fry 2 mins on each side, or until crispy and golden on both sides.
  • Drain the mozzarella in carrozza on kitchen paper and serve nice and hot. Enjoy!