"La Festa di Pasqua"
We celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the first full moon of spring. It is a celebration of rebirth and hope and, for Christians, a celebration of the resurrection. In Italy, the week before Easter is the most solemn of them all. It is a time of refection and special church services beginning with the observance of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and culminating in the glorious celebration on Easter Sunday. Italians consider Easter Sunday to be a more "relaxed" holiday than Christmas. There is an old saying, "Natale con I tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuol" (Christmas at home with your family, Easter with whomever you please.)
Bread has a religious significance on the Italian Easter table, for Christ is often referred to as "the bread of life." Hand-fashioned egg-decorated breads vary from region to region in Italy and go by many different names. But the commonality of baking whole eggs twisted or braided into bread is part of the theme of Easter; eggs being the symbol of rebirth.
Italian Easter Recipes
Pizza Chena, sometimes pronounced "Pizza Gaina," also called Pizza Rustica, is a savory Italian Easter pie with a variety of cheese, cold cuts, and eggs encased in a crust.
Pizza Chena Recipe >>
Pizza Chena Recipe II >>
The lamb, representing innocence and the sacrificed Christ (the lamb of God), is referred to as the Pascal lamb. It is the meat of choice on an Italian Easter dinner table.
Italian Lamb Recipes >>
The often-elaborate lamb-shaped Easter cake can be found as the centerpiece on many Italian Easter tables. We provide you with step-by-step photos for decorating your lamb cake.
Lamb Cake Recipe >>
Bolognese rice cake is served as a celebratory cake and is very typical during the Easter season.
Bolognese Rice Cake Recipe >>
Fiadone or ricotta pie is a typical Italian dessert is often served as an Easter specialty in southern Italy. The flavorings vary according to region. This recipe for fiadone has a custard-like filling with a delicate lemon flavor.
Fiadone Recipe >>
Colomba di Pasqua is a traditional Italian Easter yeast bread. It is shaped like a dove (colomba in Italian), the symbol of peace and resurrection.
Easter Dove Bread Recipe >>
Pastiera, the ultimate Neapolitam Easter dessert, is a sweet and creamy custard pie with whole grain wheat berries and bits of candied orange and lemon peel suspended inside a lattice-topped pastry crust.
Wheat Berry Cake Recipe >>
Casatiello is a rich savory bread filled with meat and cheese that is a traditional Easter bread from Naples, Italy.
Casatiello Recipe >>
Pardulas look like a pastry chef's version of the rising sun on Easter. They contain very little sugar and the saffron gives them a slightly tangy flavor.
Pardulas Recipe >>
Torta Pasqualina is a savory vegetable Easter pie with origins in the region of Liguria in
northeastern Italy. The torta can be made with a mixture of greens
Torta Pasqualina Recipe >>
Many people throughout southern Italy give La Pupazza con l' uovo, the doll with an egg, as a traditional Easter gift, especially for children.
Puppazze con L'Uova Recipe >>
Our Easter brunch menu features Orange Smoothies, Crostini with Ricotta Cheese,
Amaretto Glazed Ham, Asparagi Mimosa, Ravioli with Lemon Cream Sauce, and Ricotta Cookies
Easter Brunch Menu >>
These cupcakes are perfect for Easter or any springtime party. Kids of all ages can have fun with the decorating.
Easter Cupcakes Recipe >>
Pizza di Crema is a custard pie that is Neapolitan in origin. Pizza di Crema has a custard filling flavored with orange zest, cinnamon, and vanilla and enhanced with cherries.
Pizza di Crema Recipe >>
These large cookies are shaped like Easter baskets, brushed with a sugar glaze, dusted with candy sprinkles, and have a colored hard-boiled egg embedded.
Easter Egg Cookies Recipe >>
Tuscan sweet buns made with bread dough, olive oil, raisins, and rosemary. Similar to hot-cross buns, they are traditionally eaten on Holy Thursday.
Pan di Ramerino Recipe >>
These simple ricotta pastries from the Abruzzo region contain a sweet and creamy filling made with ricotta, eggs, and lemon zest enclosed by a delicious crust made with olive oil.
Ricotta Pastries Recipe >>
This golden egg bread filled with grated and diced cheese is a savory Easter bread from the Marche and Umbria regions of central Italy
Easter Cheese Bread Recipe >>
Genuine Italian Prosciutto which has been aged for 14 months. A 4-pound cut (not sliced) vacuum sealed.
Each Prosciutto is treated individually, taking the necessary time and care to ensure consistent quality and flavor.
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For over 200 years the Pfaltzgraff brand has been associated with the highest quality ceramic products available for the home. This eye-catching pattern of colorful flowers that circles each piece in this collection will make every occasion a bright and delightful experience.
Microwave and dishwasher safe
Each piece is painted by hand with a pastel luster and is equally at home on an al fresco dining table as at an elegant party. Boxed in Assorted set of four complementary shades.
This pie has a sweet and creamy ricotta filling with mini chocolate chips added and just a hint of orange on a Pasta Frolla crust.
Ricotta Pie Recipe >>
Ciambellone (some call it ciambella) is a ring-shaped dessert usually flavored with lemon. Often served for Easter it is a nice, simple cake that can be served for breakfast or dipped in sweet wine at the end of a meal.
Ciambellone Recipe >>
No more bending your spaghetti or lasagna to get it all in the boiling water. The pan's wide oval shape takes up minimal space when the stovetop is crowded. The handles have nonslip, heat-resistant silicone grips, and a helper handle on this pot makes draining and carrying much easier.
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LAMB CAKE PAN
Italian pastry shops have an array of lamb cakes available at Eastertime. Some are filled with almond paste and others have candied fruit and nuts in the batter. Make one as a certerpiece for your Easter dinner or brunch table or to give as a charming gift.
This reversible board functions in such a way that one side can be used for work with dough to keep it smooth all the time and the other side as a cutting board. One side of the board has measurements ready to assist you in making pie crusts, bread, pasta dough and more in the size you desire.
Deliver a fabulous feast to your loved ones right in time for Easter. The centerpiece of your surprise is a Boneless Country Ham. In addition, they'll enjoy two gourmet sides and a timeless dessert - Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes. Order with complete confidence today!
Italian Chocolate Easter Eggs
According to tradition, the egg represents the origins of life, rebirth, hope, and new beginnings. Eggs are abundantly present in Italian Easter breads and sweet and savory cakes of the season. The unquestioned symbol of Easter throughout Italy is the chocolate egg. They are usually hollow, often with a gift inside. Their heights range from a few inches to several feet. The chocolate eggs are traditionally wrapped in a bright, colorful foil fanned out in a beautiful display and sometimes embellished with ribbons, bows, and flowers. It is thanks to the famous chocolatiers from the Piedmont at the end of the 1700's that we owe the creation of the first chocolate Easter egg.
Large 2-Layer Cookie and Cupcake Carrier is perfect for transporting cupcakes, sheet cakes, cookies, brownies, and more.
This nonstick bakeware set includes all the essential pan shapes for great baking results and is oven safe to 450 degrees F
No need for oil, cooking sprays, or parchment paper. These baking mats are oven-safe up to 480 degrees F.
This delicious Rainbow Cake has 5 layers of colorful cake with a fruity flavor, covered with a delicious white-cream frosting and topped with a spectrum of frosting dollops.
Canestrelli are a classic shortbread cookie from northern Italy that have a characteristic flower shape with a hole in the center and are buttery, light and crumbly. They are traditionally served at Easter.
Canestrelli Recipe >>
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With this kit you can make mozzarella cheese in just 30 minutes. Everything is included except for the milk.