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Panettone Christmas Italy

7 Addresses for the Best Artisanal Panettone in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

Our favorite places to find the best panettone in Rome this Christmas 

As the festive season hits the Eternal City, panettone fever takes over. Although originally a Milanese recipe, no Italian home would be without this traditional cake over Christmas time. Characterized by its tall, domed shape, the sweet, bread-like dough for panettone is proved for several days giving it a distinctive light texture and is studded with dried and candied fruits before baking.  

Fresh seasonal vegetables from Rome

The Secrets of Roman Cuisine: Simple and Less is More

By Valeria Bianchini

Shopping at local Roman food markets for fresh produce

Before wearing our aprons and turning on the stove, many Italians start at the local food market to buy fresh produce. It’s not simply shopping for food. It’s more of a ritual. Through time, you learn to select the vendors that best suit your needs and standards. They are people you see and interact with at least twice a week.

Tiuamisu

New Year Recipe: Tiramisù with Pandoro

Tiramisù: the best way to use up leftover Pandoro

The New Year doesn’t just bring new resolutions, it also brings leftovers from the Christmas feasting of the previous week. One thing that Italians are good at is re-utilising what they have, especially in the kitchen where some of the best recipes are created from excess food. One of the best ways to use up festive leftovers is with this recipe for tiramisù with pandoro. Pandoro or ‘golden bread’ are tall, star-shaped sponges and are usually served after Christmas meals, dusted with icing sugar as an alternative to the heavier, fruitier panettone.

Lasagna christmas

Lasagne alla Bolognese: The Recipe

By Kate Zagorski

The perfect dish for a big family celebration: Lasagne alla Bolognese

Although there is no one fixed dish served for Christmas dinner in Italy, the general emphasis is on hearty, robust, decadent food. A traditional lasagna with its layers of rich ragù, creamy béchamel sauce and silky egg pasta ticks all the boxes and can be prepared in large quantities, making it the ideal dish for a big family celebration.  

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