A Traditional Italian Easter – Friends, Food, and Family

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How do Italians like to celebrate the Easter holidays? With life’s simple pleasures of course – friends, family, and exquisite food! All the things we hold in high esteem at Lupa, your local and traditional Italian restaurant.  

Easter in Italy is a traditional holiday, second only to Christmas in its significance for Italians. The days leading up to Easter include solemn processions and masses, but Pasqua (Easter) is a celebration marked with numerous, age-old rituals and traditions. La Pasquetta, Easter Monday, is also a public holiday throughout the country.   

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April in Italy marks the start of warmer weather, and many families spend time outdoors picnicking and enjoying the sunshine.  

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Traditional Italian Easter Food 

You know it’s almost Easter in Italy when every grocery store is filled with different variations of colombo di Pasqua – a sweet Italian bread, usually served at breakfast or teatime. Developed as the Easter equivalent of the Christmas panettone, colomba di Pasqua is a dove-shaped Italian cake which represents peace. (tThe word “colombo” literally means dove.). Its dough is like that of the panettone, but with candied peel instead of raisins, and topped with almonds.  

If you’d like to make a dessert with an Italian flair and flavour this Easter, why not try Chris Black’s recipe for a Panehttps://www.lupa.co.za/chris-blacks-panettone-bread-pudding-with-amaretto-creamttone Bread Pudding? 

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Traditionally, the main meal over Easter consists of lamb. Artichokes are a seasonal vegetable this time of year, so lamb dishes are usually accompanied by artichokes, an Italian delicacy. Ever tried artichokes? Even If you have, you probably haven’t tried them this way: Coated in breadcrumbs, drizzled with olive oil, and baked in the pizza oven until golden – Lupa’s Gorgonzola-Stuffed Artichokes are the perfect prelude to any meal on the menu. Only on the blackboard for the month of March, so book now 

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Easter. Bring your family to your local Lupa den for an unforgettable feast over the long weekend. The beauty of Italian food is that there’s something on the menu for everyone. Locate your nearest Lupa here. 


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