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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter in Rome 2006

The Easter Holiday in Rome is year was extremely nice, with wonderful weather, friends visiting and great food all around. We arrived on Thursday night quite late but were up with the sun on Friday. One of the main holiday events in Rome is the Via Crucis-The Way of the Cross where the Pope walks a path meant to simulate Jesus' walk to his crucifixion. Its a crowded event, we did not attend this year but saw the road block and street barricades being set up in front of the Coliseum.

A leisurely Saturday followed with a big emphasis on Easter Lunch. Half of which was being prepared by me and half by Demetrio. On Easter morning, Demetrio's family usually eats hard boiled eggs and salami. Eggs are painted but not hidden, in fact they are just eaten after te decorating. There are giant chocolate eggs everywhere as well as colomba-sweet brioche-like breads with candied fruits and shaped into a dove.

Back to Easter lunch:
I was in charge of the fennel and orange salad, the tomato brushetta and the roasted lamb and potatoes. (a traditional food)

Demetrio was in charge of the:
Pasta and the Coratella, a very traditional dish made with lamb or sheep innards and artichokes. I wasn't going near this with a ten foot pole.

We were given a pastiera pie by enjoy and Claire, also a very traditional dessert from Naples. Which went well with our other dessert a millefoglie-Which means a thousand sheets or layers from Cavelletti, a famous bake shop in Rome.

Lunch was nice and long and we all had a chance to rest between courses so none of us was worse for wear.

It was especially nice to have our friends from Luxembourg come over for the weekend. Here is Fergal and Demetrio enjoy a bit of sun.

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At 8:27 AM, Blogger Paz said...

Glad to read you had a nice Easter celebration!


At 10:27 AM, Blogger Dianka said...

Sounds like a nice a traditional Easter feast! I'm so jealous you were able to celebrate in Rome, the weather looks gorgeous!


At 2:07 PM, Blogger Sara said...

We hid chocolate eggs around the house and had a two-person egg hunt. Chris wanted salmon fillets in a tomoto sauce for his Easter dinner - one of his favs. I'm glad you had a good holiday!

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Sounds like you had a great Easter! Everything looks nice EXCEPT that lamb! I just don't like my dinner looking back at me!

Hope all is well. I will be in the hospital all afternoon, but will try to catch you later in the day.


PS. Nothing new good or bad.


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