4 ways to celebrate Easter like an Italian
Easter in Italy is all about two things – food and famiglia – so do as the Romans do and celebrate pasqua Italian style.
Ask any Italian about Easter and they’ll be sure to reminisce about joyful traditions, big family gatherings and festive feasts that give Christmas a run for its money. In Italy, Easter food is a big deal. We’re talking abundance, indulgent Mediterranean flavours, and a chance for regions to showcase their unique customs and delicacies.
This year, add a little Mediterranean flare to your celebrations with our top 4 tips to celebrate Easter all’Italiana.
Serve up a traditional Easter feast
Food and famiglia are the hallmarks of a true Italian Easter, gathering up loved ones to celebrate over a delicious home-cooked meal. Family favourites vary from region to region, like this Neapolitan Wedding Soup or this Ligurian Torta Verde. But if in doubt, go for juicy roast lamb and earthy artichokes.
Hunt for hand-painted Easter eggs
Grab the kids and give hard-boiled eggs a new lease of life with natural dies made from beetroot, blueberries and saffron. Hide them around the house and set the kids off on their adventure (that’ll keep them occupied while the lamb’s in the oven).
Say thanks with a traditional treat
Colomba is the ultimate Italian treat of the season. Originating from Italy’s northern Lombardia region, this sweet enriched bread (think panettone) is shaped like a dove and crowned with almonds and a crisp sugar crust. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Try the Neapolitan casatiello, a mouthwatering savoury bread stuffed with cheese, salami and boiled eggs.
Save your leftovers for pasquetta
Pasquetta, Italy’s answer to Easter Monday, is just another excuse to eat, drink and be merry. Italians will usually take to the great outdoors, hitting the country or the seaside with a wonderful spread made from all the holiday’s delicious leftovers.
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