Casatiello

Rich Easter bread stuffed with salumi and hard-boiled eggs, typical of Naples. Continue reading Casatiello

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Carnevale Foods

There are many sweet treats which are uniquely seasonal to the period of Carnevale, the weeks before Mardi Gras. Each region has their own particular specialties (of course!) but some of them travel. One commonality, many of them are fried. Learn more in the Golossary: Schiacciata Fiorentina – typical cake for Carnevale unique to Florence, traditionally served plain, but often now offered stuffed with chantilly … Continue reading Carnevale Foods

Golossary: Agnello Pasquale

A very sweet Sicilian Easter tradition, the Agnello Pasquale (Easter Lamb) is an impressive beauty to behold. Sweet almond marzipan is sculpted into the shape of a lamb, a symbol of Christ and Easter. The lamb may be filled or decorated, variations abound. Often the lamb is decorated with a pure white crisp sugar or meringue coating to resemble its wooly coat. Fillings vary, but … Continue reading Golossary: Agnello Pasquale

Golossary: Colomba

Colomba is the Easter Panettone. It gets its name from its dove shape, the symbol of peace. Like panettone, it is a rich egg bread, tall and yeasty, and in the best cases, incredibly light in texture. The bread should pull apart easily in thick chunks, with large air pockets trapped inside. Like Panettone, the Colomba traditionally contains candied fruit, but the top is crusted … Continue reading Golossary: Colomba

Golossary: Torta Pastiera

This Neapolitan Easter pie has become so well loved it is now available year around, and you will see it during the Easter season in pasticcerias throughout the boot. Don’t let it pass you by. It’s beguiling aromas of orange flower captivate, and could easily sweep you away to an exotic Moroccan oasis. A sweet, crumbly cookie crust holds that dense aromatic interior. The filling … Continue reading Golossary: Torta Pastiera

St. Joseph’s Day Frittelle

March 19 is St. Joseph’s day, when Italians celebrate Fathers’ Day. It is also a day when they eat Frittelle di Riso throughout Tuscany. These delectable treats were once reserved for this special day; now you see them throughout the Carnevale season and leading up to Easter, but you see them especially on St. Joseph’s Day when all the bakeries offer them. Fritelle di Riso come … Continue reading St. Joseph’s Day Frittelle