A Traditional Italian Christmas
Christmas, or Natale, is a very special holiday throughout Italy and each region has its own traditional dishes. Christmas is one of the few occasions of the year in which ancestral traditions are revered above all else. Take a look at our collection of traditional Italian Christmas recipes and get a few ideas for your own holiday feasts this season.
A collection of Christmas favorites from different regions of Italy, including sturffoli, zuppa inglese, Sicilian fig cake, and more.
In Italian, Christmas Eve is "La Vigilia," the eve. Many Italians also refer to it as The Eve of the Seven Fishes. Traditionally the dinner is meatless and fish dishes dominate.
Italian Christmas Eve Recipes >>
Eggs and Smoked Salmon in Puff Pastry
Cranberry Orange Pancakes
Apple and Sausage Patties
Christmas Breakfast Recipes >>
Throughout Italy, every region has ritual foods for Christmas Day. The menu that we have put together combines favorites from various regions.
Christmas Dinner Menu >>
Share the sweet spirit of the season with Christmas cookies that "really say Christmas."
Christmas Cookie Recipes >>
Roasted chestnuts are a big part of Italian get-togethers throughout the holiday season. They can be an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes or simply eaten as a snack.
How to Roast Chestnuts >>
Recipes, stories, and history of The Eve of Seven Fishes.
TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CHRISTMAS BREADS
Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray presents sixty-five recipes for the delicious, festive cookies that brighten every Italian home, at the holidays and all year-round.
Pandoro or pan d’oro means ‘golden bread.’ It is a traditional Christmas cake from Verona that gets its name due to its pleasing yellow color.
Pandoro Recipe >>
Panettone, the tall, cylindrical, fruit-filled sweet bread from Milan has become an essential part of the Christmas season.
Panettone Recipe >>
A best-selling seasonal favorite since 1974, Holiday dinnerware from Lenox sets a festive table for either everyday or special occasion use during the holidays.
ITALIAN DESSERT FAVORITES
This zesty cauliflower salad is commonly served in Neapolitan homes during the Christmas season.
Neapolitan Christmas Salad Recipe >>
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