Easter traditions in Italy

10 04 2013

by Anna, 13 years old

If you’re thinking of coming to Italy at Easter time, here is some information about Italian Easter traditions.

At Easter, Italians often attend a church mass with their family. On Good Friday, you can watch a street procession that is different in every town and it’s very exciting. But when Italians are with their friends, they usually do something more fun like an Easter egg hunt at home, decorating eggs or having a picnic in a park or on the beach.

There is also a lot of different traditional Easter food. Italians often stay together with their relatives or friends for lunch on Easter Day and they eat something special. The most traditional dish is lamb, but also meat in general. In Apulia, people cook little balls of fried bread called pettole, which are delicious!

Pettole

Before the end of Easter lunch, there are tasty desserts like almond paste in the shape of a lamb, or a sweet kind of bread in the shape of a dove. But children often prefer chocolate eggs, which are hollow and have a surprise inside, like a little game or an accessory.

Easter lamb

Finally, at the end of the lunch, kids recite poetry and adults give them coins – it’s a very nice thing!

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Where to eat the best pizza in Lecce

1 04 2012

by Maria Rossini

Are you in Lecce and looking for a place to eat a good, tasty pizza? Don’t worry, I’ll give you the right information. Never will you imagine where I’ll send you! Read on and you’ll find out!

Place and services

The pizzeria is called “Fratelli La Bufala”. It’s a chain that wants to bring to the world the tradition of Neapolitan cooking (therefore, the best and most famous pizza that exists). It is located at number 17/19 via Mogenico, near St Oronzo Square in the historical centre of the city.

The staff are highly qualified and friendly, the decor is cozy and the restaurant is on two levels, so you can sit near the two big windows and watch the world outside or take a seat towards the back, which offers more privacy.

The menu is refined, with delicious Neapolitan recipes. Almost all the dishes are prepared with buffalo mozzarella. The best of the best is the PIZZA: tasty, genuine and cooked to perfection. A little cold olive oil on top is the final touch for the true taste of the original pizza.

There are also desserts! If you’ve had enough of Italian cuisine and are missing a taste of England, be sure to try the cheesecake made with buffalo ricotta cheese, topped with a flavour of your choice. The price is affordable and, believe me, it is special.

Recommendation

I recommend this pizzeria because it is a place where you can find friendliness, quality and a taste you’ll never forget. Try and you will see it’s worth it!

 





My favourite Italian food

14 03 2012

An elementary level composition

My favourite Italian food is pizza margherita, which has tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. In general, I eat pizza at weekends with my friends. Usually, when I eat pizza, I like to drink a cold, blond beer and sometimes I eat chips, too.

My favourite food from my region, Salento, is frisa, which is very hard bread dipped in water to soften it. We eat this topped with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and rocket leaves. It’s a simple dish but I like it very much. It’s delicious and especially popular in summer time.





Chocolate, the happiness of Easter

31 03 2011

Readers, the time is almost here! In less than a month it will be Easter!

In Italy this day has great religious significance, but there are also many traditions not related to our catholic religion. The most important custom involves colourfully decorated chocolate Easter eggs with a small surprise hidden inside. Even if many people, from little kids to old men, buy Easter eggs just to break them open with a knee strike or, for the most self-injurious ones, with their head, personally I buy eggs for one reason only – to eat them!

Let me take this opportunity to tell you why I love chocolate and illustrate to you some of its benefits, which you may not know of. My objective today is to erase all your fears about eating chocolate. Never again will you think of it as a horrible, tempting monster! Above all, this article is to convince you that when you eat a bar of dark chocolate or when you have a cup of hot chocolatey goodness, all you have to do is relax and enjoy that magic moment.

There is no doubt, of course, that chocolate is a high fat food (40 grams of dark chocolate contains 210 calories and 13 grams of fat) so if you take it in large quantities, it would not be good for your health. But actually, I can’t think of anything you can consume in large amounts without it having a bad effect on you.

There is growing evidence that, in small quantities, some kinds of chocolate may actually be good for you. Dark chocolate is naturally rich in flavanoids, antioxidants that prevent heart diseases. Moreover, chocolate can have also positive effects on your brain: Chocolate actually activates the same part of your brain as certain opiates, such as heroin or morphine, do. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, or PEA, which is an amphetamine-like chemical. PEA is a neurotransmitter that has psychoactive effects on an individual. It is even richer in theobromine, which has an uplifting and stimulating effect on the mind, as well as a chemical structure similar to caffeine.

Studies have shown that while people are eating chocolate, their blood flows to certain areas of the brain, such as the frontal cortex and the midbrain, areas which are activated by some drugs. That’s the reason why, in many cases, psychologists suggest that patients who want to give up smoking or taking drugs should consume chocolate regularly. Apparently, while people are eating chocolate, they are rewarded by feelings of pleasure that are generated by specific parts of the brain that are activated.

I hope that by reading this article you have learnt new, positive things about chocolate. Be careful, though – I’m not suggesting that this Easter you can cram your mouth with mountains of chocolate! Consume it responsibly and in moderation, but please DO enjoy eating chocolate!

by Alberto





Italian meals

15 03 2011

by Rita Montagna, elementary

In Italy, people generally eat three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Italian people like a sweet breakfast, for example, biscuits, cake or bread with jam. We drink a cup of milky coffee, a cappuccino or a tea. For breakfast in my family, my daughter has a cup of milk with cornflakes, my husband has a little cup of coffee with milk and biscuits and I have a big cup of tea with milk or lemon and some cake like pasticciotto, a typical sweet breakfast food in my region.

Coffee and pasticciotto

Italian people really enjoy having lunch. We like to eat pasta like tagliatelle or lasagne with tomato sauce, vegetables or a special sauce called ragù. In Puglia, a typical type of pasta is orecchiette. We can also eat meat with salad or fish with vegetables. After lunch, we like to drink a cup of espresso to signal the end of the meal.

Tagliatelle al ragù

For dinner in my family, we like to eat pizza, cheese, legume or vegetable soup or sandwiches. At the end of lunch or dinner, we often eat fruit for dessert. In my family, we usually eat just one course for each meal, but a lot of Italian people eat two or three courses at each meal.

Pizza rustica





Kris Kringle Cookies

15 12 2010

This simple Christmas sugar cookie recipe produces rich-tasting, delicious treats that are perfect for eating or gift giving.

Ingredients:

225g butter
2½  cups sugar
3 eggs
5½ cups flour
1½ teaspoons cream
2 tablespoons milk
1½ teaspoons baking soda

Mix the butter, sugar, and eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth.

Sift together the flour and cream.

Add a small portion of these sifted dry ingredients to the butter mixture, making a smooth batter (i.e. mixture).

Dissolve the baking soda in the milk, then add it to the batter mixture.

Add the remainder of the flour, making a soft dough.
Roll the dough thin and cut it into fancy shapes.

Sprinkle with coloured sugar and bake for about 7 minutes at 230°C.

by Johara