Many Italian Americans celebrate Christmas Eve with a big family feast teeming with savory seafood stews, chilled shellfish, rich pastas and gorgeous baked fish. The multi-course meal from il mare is known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes or Feste dei Sette Pesce. The tradition's origin story is obscure, but what's clear is that many Italian Americ...

The Feast of Seven Fishes is a hallmark Christmas Eve tradition in Pittsburgh’s Italian-American households. The celebration took root in many regions of the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s as Italians began to immigrate en masse to the country and share their culinary heritage. “We can’t go back and say it comes from one person or...

Hello everybody, it’s the holiday season! Since I like to be jolly during this time of the year, I thought I would  teach you some words you can use during this magical time. Let’s dive right in!  Let’s start very generic with a simple Buone feste – Happy holidays. This can be used for all the celebrations that happen in December and January going...

Cinepanettone: does this word mean anything to you? If so, you are not on Google or any other translation platform: for all of them, the word Cinepanettone can mean “Christmas Family Comedy Movie”'. And this is what it means, but not just it. It’s like translating lasagne as several egg pasta sheets lined with béchamel and delicious ragù sauce. It...

Christmas markets, light shows and old traditions: all across Italy there are many events planned for the Christmas and New Year period: here we have chosen the most interesting suggestions for you. The very first traditional Christmas markets date back to around the 14th century in Germany and Alsace and then spread along the Alps, including Italy...

These delicious shortbread cookies are a must for the Italian Holiday season and cold winter days. The whipped shortbread pastry, in Italian FROLLA MONTATA, is a buttery pastry used for the preparation of desserts that require a cookie press or a pastry bag. Enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth cookies with a warm cup of tea, espresso, or cappuccino. Mer...

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching, streets are getting lightened up, the rush to buy presents has started, we will soon see colored trees through the windows and that dazzling and lively atmosphere that only Christmas can give is settling in.  Overall, whether it has a religious meaning in it or not, I do believe that it is fair to...

The Renaissance and medieval heart of Ferrara, a Unesco-inscribed town in Emilia-Romagna, comes alive in December with shows, light performances, Christmas villages and Christmas markets, making it an ideal destination to visit with family during this time of the year.    Cheerful Christmas lights envelop the streets of the city center, decorated w...

Just after midnight on Christmas Eve, while Santa is still out delivering toys, thousands of people line up for a Christmas tradition in South Philadelphia: pastries at Termini Bros. But this year, their 100th Christmas, the storied bakery almost lost its cannolis. You see, their 80-year-old machine, straight from Italy, broke right after Thanksgiv...

There is a place in Tuscany’s Mount Amiata region, where Christmas is synonym with fire. In truth, the connection between the two is quite common across the country, with ritual fire celebrations like those in Nemoli (Basilicata), Agnone (Molise), and Calabatiano (Sicily). Up North, in Liguria, the popular confuoco takes place in many towns and vil...