The Covid-19 pandemic is still hitting hard, Italy is in lockdown and entirely in the so called “red zone” but you can still dream and plan your next holiday.
Next week is Easter, Pasqua in Italian, and we will spend it doing what we can do best: eating. Here are 5 delicacies that you can find almost everywhere in Italy during Pasqua and Pasquetta.
Although there isn’t a traditional first course, we might have handmade pasta or lasagne, it is not easter without the lamb prepared in many varieties. The lamb for Christians represents Jesus who sacrificed himself and died on the cross. But this tradition is also present in the Old Testament to remember Abraham’s sacrifice.
Chocolate bunnies can be found in shops and supermarkets but the tradition on Easter in Italy is to eat a chocolate egg. Eggs can be divided into two main groups: with dark or milk chocolate. You can go for a simple one or for eggs enriched with nuts, sugar, candies and any sort of decoration. Eggs come in every size, colour and price. The handmade ones can easily reach some hundred euros. Some producers also allow you to choose the surprise to put inside, so with a diamond ring there really is no limit on chocolate eggs. Well, maybe your credit card can represent one.
This Dove-shaped cake is a sort of panettone, the dough being very similar, topped with almonds and sugar. But even here the varieties can be unlimited: with cream inside, pieces of chocolate or covered with chocolate.
This traditional cake comes from Napoli and is prepared with ricotta cheese. You can generally find it in South Italy, but also in many restaurants during Easter time all over the country.
Traditionally families prepare a lot of Pastiere, some to eat, others to gift. An Italian proverb says: those who find a friend, find a treasure. I think we can all agree that those who find a friend who can cook Pastiera, has found an even bigger treasure.