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5 Italian Christmas Recipes

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5 Italian Christmas Recipes
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Itailans are known for their great taste in food and Christmas is no exception. As wine flows and family gathers around the table, many will be enjoying these classic Italian Christmas recipes. It's fair to note that every Italian region has its own Christmas traditions, including the Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes. With that being said, we encourage you to try these popular Italian Christmas recipes that will bring a little joy to your festivities and help you Live in Italian.


Just five ingredients go into this delectable Italian Christmas recipe from the Emilia-Romagna region that is home to the city of Bologna. Locals drool over this tasty pasta dish that is a must at any Christmas gathering.

Tortellini in Broth

An Italian Christmas lunch would not be complete without the nonna's famous tortellini in broth. This delicate pasta is rolled and stuffed by hand then simmered in a hearty meat broth.

Assorted Boiled Meats

Known in Italian as bollito misto, this hearty winter dish hails from the northern part of the country. Bollito misto features a wide range of meats simmered in a succulent broth.

Roast Capon

Capon, aka castrated rooster with tender meat, is a specialty of Tuscany. The crispy bird is brought to the table and served with an array of vegetables as a main course.


In Naples and the nearby cities, Christmas is not complete without struffoli, a deep fried dessert glazed in a honey syrup and dusted with colorful sprinkles.

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