Italians,Easter and Easter Monday-Pasqua e Pasquetta

Pastiere Napoletane

The Italian way of saying “Christmas with yours, Easter with whom you want” allows many to organise freely for Easter, go on a trip or just take a field trip “fuori porta”, a picnic with friends.

If we still want to celebrate Easter with the family, there is always Easter Monday, forever dedicated to a  field trip. I still remember when -as a child- we met many families on a field trip organised with picnic baskets, refrigerated bags and with portable ice boxes.

The Easter menu is always excessive and leaves leftovers for the next day.We also have many recipes created ad hoc for the picnic. Nowadays itโ€™ s still the same and people tend to get out of the cities on Easter Mondays.

At Easter, people bring hard-boiled eggs to Mass to be blessed, and the most beautiful colours and decorations are created for them.

There are many unique dishes, but the great guest for Easter is the Chocolate egg. We do not have Bunny but we give chocolate eggs to the children. The measures are many, the surprises many more: from eggs with fashionable surprises, with the characters of the cartoons or the films to the ones wrapped in excellent material and with costly surprises

This is also because now the chocolate eggs are no longer just for children. Or maybe it’s because we stay children forever?

Many shops have small lotteries to win large eggs. And It’s so beautiful to break a great big egg, even though most of the times the surprise is little. 

And all the chocolate? We can use it to make cakes all year round.

Then we have the Colomba Pasquale, a traditional soft cake with dough very similar to a Panettone, realised into dove shape and topped with pearl sugar and almonds.

Colomba Pasquale

Easter table is made exclusive by many beautiful sweets typical of each Region, just think of the Scarcella from Apulia

Scarcella

and the  Pastiera from Naples.

Neapolitan Pastiera

Mmmh! The diet always starts after the Holidays: Buona Pasqua!

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