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Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza (Mozzarella in a Carriage) is an Italian grilled cheese.

It’s said that the recipe was created out of the need to re-use leftover mozzarella and stale bread. Originally, the bread slices where round like wheels on a carriage and each bite pulls the mozzarella like the reigns of a horse-drawn carriage. They are served all over Italy from Calabria to Naples and Venice. Each region puts their spin on it with different ingredients.

They are delicious and simple to make with no fuss preparation.   I made tiny adjustments based on the classic version. First, I swapped out Italian breadcrumbs to Panko for a lighter and crunchier finish. In place of olive oil I use butter to grill the sandwich (like a grilled cheese) for a richer flavor.

Watch my video to see how I made it and let me know what you think.

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Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza

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  • Author: Carrie Pacini
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Italian



8 slices of bread (I used white crustless bread)
16 0z of fresh mozzarella sliced thin (I purchased Belgioioso)
4 eggs beaten seasoned with salt to your taste
3 cups of plain panko
1/2 cup of butter
4 cups of marinara sauce to serve on the side


  1. Assemble the bread and mozzarella (salt & peppered to your taste) to make 4 sandwiches.
  2. Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, pressing around the edges to seal in the cheese.
  3. Cover in panko and set aside.
  4. Heat a frying pan on medium with a teaspoon of butter for each sandwich and grill to a golden-brown on all sides.
  5. Set aside on a baking tray.
  6. Once finished place in the oven at 300 F degrees for 5 to 8 min to make sure the mozzarella is melted (keep an eye on this for less or more time).
  7. Warm up your favorite marinara and serve on the side!



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