Like all holidays in Italy, Pasqua (Easter) has infinite traditions, both religious and culinary. After 40 days of fasting for Lent, Easter Sunday arrives with enough food to feed an army. Dishes include lamb or kid/goat, savory Easter breads with a different twist from every region and sweet Easter dove-shaped bread aka “la colomba“.
I am fortunate to spend my Easter Sunday near Naples, where my maternal grandparents were born. As emigranti, they transported many traditional recipes from Salerno and Avellino to Boston: specialities from this amazing region that my family cooks for every Easter lunch and that I want to share with you.
Tortano Napoletano – My personal favorite tortano is a savory-spicy cheese bread speckled with salami, provolone cheese and lard; melt in your mouth, cling to your arteries goodness.
Pizza Rustica or “Pizza Chiena” – This savory pie is stuffed with cheese and meat. Ingredients include cheeses like ricotta, pecorino and mozzarella and cured meat like salami and prosciutto.
Cannelloni – This homemade pasta is rolled and filled with ricotta cheese and ground meat before it is topped with tomato sauce. It wouldn’t be an Italian meal without pasta.
Capretto – In the past goat was esteemed as better than lamb. In most Italian homes lamb is the main course but in our home goat takes center stage. It is roasted with potatoes and garlic, olive oil and white wine. This succulent dish signals spring time!
Buon appetito and Buona Pasqua!
Gina Tringali – food lover, certified sommelier, coffee connoisseur, and passionate home cook – is a successful freelance food and travel writer and blogger based between Rome and Southern Italy. She is committed to discovering and sharing with fellow food enthusiasts Italy’s best culinary and wine experiences.