Here in Italy, Easter is a big deal. In addition to four days of vacation, students showered me with gifts; chocolate eggs, flowers, and jewelry. I’m enjoying how celebrated religious holidays are; but missing others – halloween, Valentines day, St. Patricks day. Here in Piemonte (though each region differs immensely in Italy) people celebrate by going to church on Sunday, buying a chocolate egg for kids (thankfully Luca’s mom still considers us kids) and having a BBQ on Pasquetta – or Little Easter, the Monday after Easter Sunday. We celebrated with some family friends over too much food, wine and delicious desserts.
For Easter lunch, we had rolata (a boiled egg wrapped in a slice of ham and turkey breast) and piselli e prosciutto. Dessert was fragole (fresh strawberries) e gelato.
These popular eggs, the Kinder Sorpressa, were first made in Italy in 1974. They contain a plastic egg, with a surprise inside; a toy car, stuffed animal, and so on. Currently, they are illegal in the US due to the ‘choking hazard’.
BBQ lunch on Pasquetta..
Adorable new addition to the world..
Dessert was homemade Pastiera Napoletana (a delicious pie of ricotta cheese and dried fruits). Buona Pasqua!