April 04, 2019 2 min read

In Italy, Easter also known as Pasqua is the most important holiday after Christmas. People are free to celebrate this holiday how they wish. Some young people like to spend the weekend with friends are in a different town without their parents. Others stick to some traditional dishes as discussed below. Although foods may vary in different regions, some foods are mainstays found everywhere.

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Agnello

A lamb or Agnello is almost a mandatory main course dish for Easter celebrations. It is served in different ways depending on the area of residence. There are those who cook it in cheese sauce, pepper, and eggs. In southern Italy, a lamb is roasted with garlic, red wine, and rosemary. Lamb stew is then made with fresh asparagus, peas, and other green vegetables.

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Ciambellone

This type of food can be classified somewhere between a cake and bread because it is sweet. The distinct flavour of this ring-shaped cake comes from lemons. The cake was baked originally after harvesting as a celebration. In Southern Italy, ciambellone and tiramisu are the two most famous Easter cakes.

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Carciofi e patate soffritti

This is yet another traditional side dish served for Easter. It is a dish consisting of a mixture of potatoes and sautéed artichokes. Artichokes are a popular traditional Easter meal throughout Italy. Since artichokes are harvested during spring, most places celebrate with unique artichoke festivals.

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Desserts

In southern Italy, Dolci cannot lack any day during Easter celebrations. Some of the popular traditional desserts are Cassata Siciliana which is a sponge-like cake and Colomba which is a dove-shaped cake. The Colomba is filled with almonds and candied fruits while Cassata Siciliana has ricotta filling.

These mouthwatering traditional dishes keep the Italian culture and heritage alive throughout the world. The special preparation methods of these dishes make them unique and delicious. Southern Italian cuisine remains to be the most imitated and celebrate Easter food.

Francesco Amato
Francesco Amato


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