Buona Primavera! Happy Spring!
Spring has arrived in full pastel bloom and Easter is right around the corner.
As we crawl out of our winter hibernation, spring encourages us to once again connect with friends and family. So enjoy the season come un Italiano. Whether you create an authentic Italian Easter feast or a simple Italian spring meal – make the warmth and abundance of Italy your spring inspiration.
Italians celebrate spring with gusto. In the Rosaia family, Easter marked the end of Lent and the reemergence of delights banished for 40 days. Heaping platters of antipasti, homemade ravioli, roasted baby lamb and other savory selections are forever linked with the sounds of my boisterous family and dear friends.
Traditional Seven Course Italian Easter Dinner
- Antipasti platter (served at the table or as an hors d’oeuvre)
- Antipasto Salad
- Italian Soup – a chicken or beef broth
- My Nonni’s Three Meat Ravioli & Tuscan Meat Sauce
- Capretto o agnellino al forno – roasted goat or baby lamb
- Carciofi fritti - artichokes, zucchini or cauliflower (traditionally battered and deep fried but we won’t tell if you decide to grill them.)
- Pane di Pasqua (aka Uovo Santo) – eggs nestled within braided bread
- St. Honore cake & homemade biscotti for dessert
(Note: In my Bisnonni Armida’s day, they would also include ‘boiled meats’ in the feast, but we cut it out as 'tripe' just doesn't sound as good as it used to.)
Enjoy A Perfect Italian Spring Menu
For a large, festive occasion such as Easter dinner, the meal typically begins with an antipasti platter (Antipasto literally means ‘before the pasta) consisting of sliced meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables It is often followed by a salad and a light broth to stimulate the taste buds and prepare you for the main dishes.
After this delicious cornucopia of aromas, textures and tastes, your palate is primed for the main course – the Pasta. Serve My Nonni’s Three Meat Raviolis and Tuscan Meat Sauce with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Add some steaming hot ciabatta or focaccia bread and a bold Chianti to round out the dinner. In Italy, the love of food and the love of family are inextricably linked together. Designed for sharing, this delicious spring menu is the ideal way to reconnect with friends after a long winter.
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My Nonni’s Now In:
- 8 Lunardi’s Markets
- 6 Mollie Stones
- 2 Piazzas
- 3 Draegers
- Star Market
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New from My Nonni’s
My Nonni's traditional Tuscan Meat Sauce will soon be available in a 12oz. one pouch box. Available in stores by the end of April.
Columbus to Distribute My Nonni’s
Columbus Distributing, one of the largest distributors of fine foods, is now selling and distributing My Nonni’s in the bay area and throughout the western United States.
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