I grew up in an Italian family, so I know a bit about traditional Italian food.
One of my favourites growing up were arancini, which are essentially rice balls. Recipes vary, but the general idea is that you have a ball of rice mixed with melted mozzarella cheese, beef mince, peas, parmesan cheese and onion which is then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried.
The recipe that I have linked to here is a very basic one to work from. I have added cooked mince and peas and a few tablespoons of my grandmother’s homemade tomato sauce into the mix to relive those memories of my childhood.