Olive ascolane are green olives stuffed with veal, pork, and breadcrumbs, then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. As the name suggests, they are from Ascoli Piceno but they have been fully adopted by Roman pizzerias. Parla Food, a great foodblog based in italy, has a whole description of all things fried including the olive ascolane.
The general ingredients, although everyone has certain ways of doing it, involve the following:
I am not sure how much I like them actually…they are truly an obsession for some. NPR did an interesting report on them. There is even a facebook page dedicated to them with 15,463 friends. There is even a website dedicated to the little things. I am not sure how healthy these are but my very limited yet educated guess would be that they are not so great. Pork stuffed in a green olive and deep fried…
Here is a video on how to make them. Notice the number of times she says “allora” (I counted 8 times)…Allora is used by italians molti. It sort of means, “So”, or “Now” or “well then”. It is differentiated from “dunque” which often has the same meaning. Here in Rome, I think I hear allora every minuti as I walk down the street.