Looking to give your Christmas celebrations an Italian flavour inspired by the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome? Valeria from CaminoWays.com has picked her favourite festive dishes. Here’s her essential guide to Christmas food in Italy:
Cappone or capon is a very traditional dish for Christmas Day in Italy.
Depending on the region, some Italians might celebrate the big family get together on Christmas Eve for dinner or on Christmas Day at lunch time. Those celebrating on the 24th will traditionally have fish for supper, particularly baccala (cod) or capitone (eel).
The classic New Year’s Eve dishes will be cotechino (a kind of salami), zampone (stuffed pigs trotters) and lenticchie (lentils). Lentils are said to bring good luck for the whole year if eaten on New Year’s Eve.
Christmas cakes and desserts
Panettone and Pandoro cakes are common all across Italy, as well as almond-based Torrone.
Tuscany also has a regional Christmas cake called Panforte, and if you are in the centre of Italy you will find Panpepato.
Buon Natale a tutti!