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Lots of coffee chocolates in the Befana stocking

Article written by Michele Sergio and published in Rome on 05 January 2020 As every year, one of the most loved holidays by all Italian children returns, the Epiphany, the Befana festival. Tradition has it that on the night of January 5, parents hang (empty) socks on the fireplace or window so that the Befana …

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Pastiera: origins of a gluttony

“A Napule regnava Ferdinando ca passava e’ jurnate zompettiando; Mentr’ invece a’ mugliera, ‘Onna Teresa, steva sempe arraggiata. A’ faccia appesa, o’ musso luongo, nun redeva maje, comm’avess passate tanta guaje. Nù bellu juorno Amelia, a’ cammeriera, le dicette: “Maestà , chest’è a’ Pastiera. Piace e’ femmene, all’uommene e e’ creature: uova, ricotta, grano e acqua …

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Sicilian Cassata vs Neapolitan Cassata: the challenge of Christmas!

Cassata is a typical Sicilian dessert made with sheep and sugar ricotta cheese, sponge cake, real pasta and candied fruit. Its name derives from the Arabic qas’at, “bacinella” or from the Latin “cheese”. In ancient times this dessert was prepared in the Easter period in fact an ancient proverb says “petty who does not eat …

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