Torta Pasqualina is a traditional Ligurian savory pie made with pastry, spinach or greens, ricotta, and eggs. We know that the recipe for this savory pie dates back to the Middle Ages by Ortensio Lando, who called it "gattafura". Traditionally the pastry consisted of 33 thin layers of pastry dough to represent the years of Jesus.  Its name derives...

This month we’ve celebrated Easter, so I couldn’t help but to talk about it! Of course, I’ll give you a linguistic interpretation, so this month we’ll talk about Easter in the Italian language. Let’s take a look. After what feels like a very long quaresima, “Lent,” full of sacrifices and penitence, Pasqua, “Easter,” finally comes and brings a lot o...

On Easter Sunday, Lent, the long period of fasting, is broken and sweets in the shape of a dove and an egg are distributed. The egg, symbol of life that is renewed and auspicious of fertility, is connected to the meaning of Easter as the feast of spring and the awakening of nature. The egg is the most ancient and representative symbol of Easter, fe...

The Easter traditions in Southern Italy is characterized by the presence of numerous rites that, in the South of Italy, preserve deep and remote ties with ancient traditions. From Campania to Sicily, in fact, pilgrimages, processions and ancient and sometimes bloody rituals mark the days of Holy Week recalling and representing the death and resurre...

Easter in Italy is one of the most important holidays of the year; it marks the beginning of the warmer season and launches a period of outdoor activities, including village festivals, concerts, religious rites and processions. The date of Easter changes every year since it coincides with the Sunday following the spring full moon. According to this...

Easter lunch in Italy is a celebration of the colors, scents and flavors of the new season, spring. While there are common dishes and ingredients, from north to south, such as lamb, boiled eggs,  savory pies, chocolate eggs and colomba, each Italian region has its own typical dishes or variations on Easter classics. Each region would need its own d...

Pane di Pasqua, it is beautiful and decadent. The love and respect that goes into the process of baking it, transpires in the traditions carried on today. San Francisco is the home to many Italian-Americans and Easter is a reminder of the value of family history and roots in Italy. “See that, that is the perfume of my youth,” explained Franc D’Ambr...

Due to their associations with birth and rebirth, eggs are practically synonymous with Easter, their unmistakable oval shape the model for numerous sweets associated with the holiday. Come Easter, a savory iteration of the beloved protein rests upon tables around Italy: hard-boiled and stuffed inside meatballs.  Stuffing a meatball with a hard-boil...

During the Easter period in Central Italy there are many rites that are celebrated according to ancient traditions and customs the same way it is done for Christmas. But that’s not all, in fact you must know that in central Italy during Easter it is common to prepare dishes of the local culinary tradition. Here you can find out which are the tastie...

I was once in Italy on Easter Sunday in a town, Pienza, whose cathedral was commissioned by an early Pope, Pius II (1458-1464), who frequently stayed in an adjacent palace designed to be his retreat. This, I thought, was going to be quite an experience – Easter Sunday in Italy at a church that a Pope built.  The church was packed, as expected for t...