In a country that knows how to eat, festive holidays offer the perfect occasion to explore local food habits and customs, like traditional Easter dishes in Italy.
Easter lunch in Italy is an important family meal filled with symbolic foods, family favourites and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
From deep-fried artichokes to hearty lasagne, roast lamb and traditional pies, dessert time is all about the baked goods. There's something to appeal to all generations seated around the table at this symbolic time of year.
Here's a taste of traditional Easter dishes in Italy that you can try making at home this holiday season.
Traditional Easter Dishes in Italy
Artichoke are in season so what could be better than starting the Easter lunch with delicious lightly fried artichokes?
Lasagne is a family favourite "primo" for Easter. Take your pick between asparagus, artichoke, classic or vegan with these 5 awesome lasagne recipes to enjoy on Easter day.
Ragu alla Bolognese
If you love making a batch of ragu, try this dish that'll please the whole family. Find a selection of chef calibre ragu recipes here.
Tender spring lamb is a traditional roast that graces most household tables on Easter day. Learn how to cook a leg of lamb here.
Lamb Ragu and Artichokes
If you love lamb but want to try a more refined recipe try this chef recipe that comes with artichokes. Find the recipe here.
It's not all about the lamb. Vegetarians will love this traditional Easter cake know as "Torta Pasqualina Genovese" Find the recipe here.
Traditional Easter Desserts in Italy
This traditional Italian Easter cake is the counterpart of panettone at Christmas time, except it's shaped like a dove and includes candied peel and usually no raisins.
This typical Easter treat from Puglia is made in a round wreath symbolizing the circle of life and often comes decorated with little eggs. Find the recipe here.
This baked product is commonly found on the family tables of Calabria especially around Easter time. The loaf of bread hugs a raw egg, which is cooked in the oven along with the bread dough. It can be eaten either sweet or savoury.
Sweet Easter Pizza
Among the traditional Easter desserts you can not miss the typical sweet pizza of Umbria.