Italy on a Plate – The Week in Italian Food: April 8, 2012

Chocolate Easter eggs in Italy


It's the Easter Monday, or Pasquetta, version on Italy on a Plate.  I hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend filled with family, friends, fun and lots of great food.  Just when I think I'm finished with the chocolate eggs and sweets for a while or at least until the next Italian holiday, I see the last slice of Cassata Siciliana calling my name. The holiday is not quite over yet here on the blog either. This week's roundup is full of Easter dishes from all around Italy – savory breads from Umbria, Abruzzo & Napoli, savory dishes from Sicily & the Lunigiana, and desserts and sweet breads from Puglia, Napoli, Calabria and Tuscany.  In Eating Italy a post about the best places to find already made picnic baskets in Rome.  There are many entertaining & informative posts on last week's wine bloggers expedition to the Eastern Hills of Friuli and more.  Enjoy and Buon Appetito!



Picnic food in Italy



My Choice for This Week's Top 10 Recipes from Around the Web:

Pizza di Pasqua from UmbriaLife Italian Style

Italian Easter Bread (aka Pizza Rustica) – A savory Easter bread – Proud Italian Cook

Casatiello – Easter Salame-egg pepper bread from Naples – Z Tasty Life

Traditional Easter Lamb Stew with Artichokes from the Lunigiana – Ciao Lunigiana

Chocolate Chicken, a Sicilian Easter Dish – Twist on the traditional Sicilian rabbit dish – Tavola Talk

Scarcelle: Typical Easter Cake Made in Puglia – Italy Magazine

Pastiera – The Neapolitan Easter dessert – Napoli Unplugged

Tuscan Easter: Schiacciata di PasquaEmiko Davies

Tuscan Schiacciata, Sweet Easter Bread and an old fashioned love story – Juls Kitchen

Guti di Pasqua {Italian Easter Bread} from Calabria – Cake Duchess



  Gnocchi alla Sorrentina


Eating Italy:

Best Picnic Baskets in RomeAglio, Olio & Peperoncino

In Fair Verona, where we lay our scene – Tips on what & where to eat in Verona – Life Italian Style

La Campana, Another Great Place in Rome – Melissa Santos

Will Write for Food – A writer's top picks for spots to write & snack in Rome – Eleonora for The American in Italia

Easter in ItalyScordo

Susanna's Girls: A Family Story of Sorts from MontepulcianoPalate Press

Emporoio delle Spezie {Rome} – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome

A Few of My Favorite Things in Friuli – Part 1J.C. Reid, Texas

Lunch with Lidia Bastianich #COF2012 Do Bianchi

A Specogna Surprise – Wines from COF2012 -  Brunello Have More Fun

Colli Orientali del Friuli Sauvignon: Considering the Variety's Local TypicityHawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

Five Things You Love About Schioppettino (but don't know it yet)Synesthesia



Nap time in Rome - Roman parks


Upcoming Food & Wine Festivals in Italy:

Sagra del Carciofo Romanesco – April 13 to 15 – Ladispoli outside of Rome, celebrates the 62nd Roman Artichoke festival (Information about the artichoke festival in English)

Sapori e Saperi 2012 – April 21 to 25 – Pompeii – Located at the Pompeii Sanctuary (Santuario di Pompeii) is this food festival celebrating typical products of the Campania region (Information about the Sapori e Saperi Festival in English)

Le Strade della Mozzarella – May 7,8, and 9 – Paestum – Celebrating mozzarella di bufala and other food and wine of the region. Check the program for details (in Italian)

Wine in the City – May 16 to 19 – Naples – Throughout the city wine will be the focus of this event, where there will be wine to taste

Vitigno Italia – May 20 to 22 – Naples – 8th Annual Wine Festival in Naples at the Castel dell' Ovo

Firenze Gelato Festival – May 23 to 27 – Florence – The piazzas and streets of Florence will be filled with gelato stands and gelato!

Festa Artusiana – June 16 to 24 – Forlimpopli – A gastronomic festival to celebrate Pellegrino Artusi, author of the first Italian cookbook, in his home town in the Emilia-Romagna region

Melodia del Vino – June 27 to July 7 – Various locations in Tuscany – Where Tuscan wines and classical music meet

Events in Tuscany – Site listing many events throughout Tuscany, and not only food and wine

Events in the Langhe area of Piedmont – Site from the Alba Tourist office listing many festivals, mostly wine & food, happening in the Langhe area of Piedmont



Join me on a Food & Wine Lover's Culinary Journey Through Puglia!

  Making Orecchiette in Puglia


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