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Italian Holiday Traditions

Pizzagaina {Pizza Chiena, Pizza Rustica, Pizza Piena}

Pizzagaina is an Italian-American adaption of the Italian Pizza Piena also widely known as Pizza Rustica. Pizza Chiena is a typical Neapolitan rustic ham, salami and cheese pie prepared during Easter, specifically on Good Friday. Just like Crescia {Pizza Di Pasqua} it’s usually baked on Friday to be eaten the next day. Remember? According to …

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Italian Easter Cheese Bread {Crescia or Pizza Di Pasqua}

This Italian Easter Cheese Bread is called Crescia, Pizza Di Formaggio or Pizza Di Pasqua. But it has nothing to do with a classic Neapolitan pizza you might be thinking of. It looks more like a cake, a savory “panettone” if you will. What is Crescia Al Formaggio? A brioche-like savory bread, enriched with grated …

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Cotechino With Lentils – Italian New Year’s Tradition

Cotechino and lentils is a typical dish for New Year’s Eve. Mainly for two reasons.  First, if you’ve ever received an Italian Christmas Gift Basket you’re most likely have found cotechino precooked cotechino sausage among other typical products. So New Year’s is a perfect time to prepare cotechino. But of course it’s a popular comfort …

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Cuccidati – Italian Fig Cookies

Cuccidati Siciliani, also spelled as “cucciddati” are typical Italian Fig Cookies from Sicily that are made during Christmas time and big holidays. Shortbread pastry dough stuffed with soft, fragrant mix of dried figs, nuts, chocolate, candied fruit and a hint of cinnamon is what makes cuccidati cookies unforgettable from the first bite. Cuccidati Origin Speaking …

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Italian Easter Cookies {Taralli Di Pasqua}

Taralli Di Pasqua are famous Italian Easter cookies from Southern Italy. Puglia region in particular. They are often called simply Taralli Dolci Pugliesi. They are most famous in their savory version, which traditionally includes anise seeds. But there are a lot of variations: with black pepper, oregano, even with tomato sauce that gives them a …

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Scarcelle Pugliesi – Italian Easter Cookie Cakes

Learn how to quickly make Scarcelle Pugliesi – traditional Italian Easter Cookie Cakes from Puglia decorated with a hard boiled egg. They are yeast free and very easy to make. Make them to add in your DIY holiday gift basket or package nicely and give as a small sign of goodwill to friends and neighbors. …

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St.Joseph’s Pastries {Zeppole di San Giuseppe}

St. Joseph’s Pastries or Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional cream filled pastries from Campagna region of Italy. A little bit of curiosity Zeppole di San Giuseppe is a MUST-MAKE for Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19) which is one of the principal feasts in Western Christianity. Since Saint Joseph is known to be the foster-father …

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Frittelle {Ciambelle} – Italian Doughnuts

Frittelle, ciambelle or simply legendary Italian doughnuts. These is a special treat that should never be missed during Christmas time and especially during Carnival (Mardi Gras) period. And honestly, any other time of the year when you have cravings for a soft, lemon-flavored doughnut that simply melts in your mouth. This an original and authentic …

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Chiacchiere {Crostoli} – Italian Carnival Fritters

Crispy, bubbly and super addicting Chiacchiere ia a typical food during Mardi Gras or Carnival season in Italy. Both kids & adults adore them! Depending on the region they differ in shape, name and even slightly in the ingredients. Chiacchiere, pronounced as [kjakˈkjɛːre], is their typical name in Lombardia, crostoli in Veneto, frappe in Central …

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Pignolata – Italian Fried Honey Balls

Pignolata is one of the most simple and delicious treats typical for Christmas and Carnival season. These slightly crunchy fried dough balls coated with honey and lemon zest they are simple irresistible. Depending in the region, you might also know them by the name Struffoli (Napoli, Campagnia), Cicerchiata (Abruzzo, Marche, Molise), Sannacchiudere (Taranto, Apulia) and …

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Papassini – Sardinian Anise Cookies

Papassini are traditional Sardinian cookies made for All Saints’ Day or Ognisanti (Halloween time). But there is no big holiday that goes by without them. The size of the list of the ingredients might seem as it was re-written from the manuscript 🙂 But in reality, they’re really simple and easy to make. The dough …

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Italian “Halloween” Chestnut Necklace

In Italy Halloween is seen and “lived” in a very different and special way. You can almost say that “Halloween” in Italy exists and it doesn’t, all at the same time. It all depends how you personally look at Halloween as a holiday, and what your expectations are. If you imagine Italian Halloween with costumed …

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