Typical Easter brunch in Rome

8 Things to Eat in Rome this Easter

By Kate Zagorski

What you should be eating in Rome at Easter

Pasqua is an important event in the Italian calendar in terms of both religion and food. As with all major holidays, the Italians prepare special cakes and pastries just for Easter and, while the recipes and customs may differ from region to region, the majority of dishes will feature eggs (symbol of new life) or lamb (in reference to the lamb of God). 

In Rome, Easter Sunday usually kicks of with an abundant breakfast of salami, cheese and eggs before moving on to a large lunch, usually roast lamb, and finishing up with a slice of colomba, the traditional Easter cake.

Take a look at the Local Aromas list of what to eat in Rome at Easter:

Abbacchio

Easter in Italy would not be complete without the traditional abbacchio (milk-fed lamb). It can be found prepared in many forms but in Rome it is most commonly roasted in the oven with garlic and herbs and served with potatoes.

Colomba

Italy’s traditional Easter cake originated in the northern region of Lombardy and is a made from a sweet dough (similar to panettone) flavoured with citrus and topped with sugar and almonds. It is shaped to form a dove (colomba in Italian), after which it is named.

What to eat in Rome at Easter

Colomba, Italy’s traditional dove-shaped Easter cake

Torta di Formaggio

Also known as pizza di pasqua al formaggio this is actually more like a savoury cheese bread than a cake or pizza. Originally from Umbria it is now eaten all across central Italy and it usually consumed at the traditional Easter Sunday breakfast along with corallina (see below). 

Corallina

Also hailing from Umbria, corallina is a salami made from lean pork studded with cubes of fat and black peppercorns, and lightly flavoured with a hint of garlic. It goes hand in hand with the torta al formaggio at Easter brunch 

What to eat in Rome at Easter

Torta al formaggio and corallina salami

Uova di Pasqua

If, for you, Easter means chocolate never fear. The Italians have adopted the tradition of chocolate eggs and heaps of shiny, foil-wrapped uova di Pasqua are sold in supermarkets, delis and pastry shops all over town. More often than not they will also conceal a surprise inside.

Coratella con i Carciofi

Internal organs are never far from the menu in offal-loving Rome and Easter is no exception. Coratella  is a mix of lamb interiors (heart, lungs, spleen and liver) which are chopped up and gently pan fried along with the seasonal artichokes (carciofi).

What to eat in Rome at Easter

Roman artichokes are commonly served with lamb offal over the Easter weekend

Casatiello Napoletano

This Neopolitan savoury cake is widely available in Rome and consists of a ring of pastry with a mixture of cheese and salami inside. It is easy to spot thanks to the whole eggs baked into the surface and topped with pastry crosses to represent the resurrection.

Pastiera Napoletana

Another Easter treat from Naples, this sweet tart is filled with a combination of cooked wheat, ricotta and eggs and flavoured with spices and orange water. The pastiera is generally made at least two days before it is consumed to allow time for the aromas to mix.

In Rome for Easter? Why not take one of our tasting tours or cooking classes to find out more about how to eat like a real Roman. Book online!

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