During the last 15 years, I tried so many dishes all over Italy, but when it comes to Easter holidays, the tradition wins on every single Tuscan table. During my food tours of Florence I often tell my guests the menu list that my boyfriend’s mom, as a real Tuscan casalinga( housewife) carefully prepares for her guests.
As the Italian tradition requires, lunch starts at noon or at least is supposed to, but we all know that punctuality is not really part of the Italian culture.
Let’s start with the appetizers:
– the Easter stuffed eggs cannot miss, at least one per person, filled with cheese and aromatic herbs or other types of fillings
– mixed crostini – small slices of bread with different spreads from white beans and Tuscan extra virgin olive oil to mushrooms, but the traditional Tuscan crostini have chicken liver pate on top
– a variety of cold cuts: prosciutto, Tuscan salami, finocchiona( fennel salami), wild boar salami, soppressata( made up from the left over parts of the pig)
– different cheeses and among the best, the traditional Tuscan pecorino
It’s time for the first course:
– the lasagna, that’s what my “foster” mother usually prepares, but there are other options, part of the Easter traditional first courses
– pasta with rabbit sauce
– tortellini in brodo( ring-shaped pasta stuffed with mixed meats in broth) used also for Christmas feasts. For Easter grandmas used to take the hard boiled eggs to the church so the priest would bless them and after that, they added the blessed eggs to the broth
– pappardelle al cinghiale – fresh made pasta with wild boar ragù
If there is any space left, it’s time for desert
– the classic colomba( a dove shaped cake similar in taste to the panettone, the traditional Christmas cake)
– the Easter chocolate eggs cannot miss especially those with a surprise inside
If the menu is accompanied by a Chianti Classico or a Nobile di Montepulciano, well, how can we not say that Italy means la dolce vita, especially during these family events.
During my food tours in Florence, there are many other fascinating stories to discover as well as mouthwatering Tuscan products to taste.