This is what an Italian Easter meal Looks like

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If you’ve ever wondered what a typical Italian Easter meal looks like, you are in the right place. This article will guide you through the best bits of the Roman Culinary tradition.

A carefully chosen, well-mixed types of starters, mains and second main courses will be on the menu from early in the morning to fill you up until you really don’t need anything else (aside from dozing off). Might worth to note that each Region has its own peculiarities in terms of traditions, but we will find out what these traditions are in Rome, my hometown.

Easter in Rome: breakfast

Breakfast has been linked to Italian culinary traditions for centuries, however, the Easter breakfast might actually surprise you. The day will start with a meal consisting of unusual ingredients, on the table on Easter Sunday in Rome, in fact, you will not find either a brioche nor a cappuccino, but boiled eggs, offal, quiches, dove, salami, pizza pasqualina (a type of sweet and sour cheese bread) the ubiquitous chocolate, Easter pizza and  finally a nice frittata with either artichokes or spinach.

It may sound as a “challenging” meal to start the day with, however, this reflects ancient Christian tradition of celebrating the end of the pre-Easter fasting with all kinds of good things.

Easter in Rome: Lunch

For those who survived the breakfast, a round of starters, mains and second mains will be there on the table for the second round of glorious tastiness. Pasta, quiche, asparagus and the irreplaceable lamb with roasted potatoes.

The Roasted Lamb belongs to the Lazio culinary tradition and is the typical dish of the Easter period.
As per tradition, this is cooked with rosemary, garlic and a glass of wine, however, lamb can be offered in three (and equally tasty) variants: agnello alla cacciatora, agnello alla romana (full browned in garlic, olive oil, chopped ham  and roasted potatoes), or lamb chops.

Note: Lamb should be eaten with your hands, you don’t want to spoil the taste!

After the meal, each one gets its own easter egg full of surprises.

 

Buona Pasqua!    from…

A Roman In London

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10 Best Pizzerie in London

  1. Bravi Ragazzi, Streatham

 

A combination of very moist toppings and light dough, that’s what makes Neapolitan Pizza legendary! Rustic and small place but very friendly and cosy. Recommended the trek south.

Location: 2A Sunnyhill Road Streatham London SW16 2UH

Contact: 2087694966 www.braviragazzi.co.uk 

2. Santa Maria, Chelsea

 

Beautiful San Rocco, our pizza with Burrata pugliese, repost from @cristinamehe

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This Neapolitan-style pizzeria has recently been under refurbishment, now featuring a new pizza oven hand-built with biscotto di Sorrento clay brics which is capable of withstanding the high temperatures typical of this type of pizza making.

Location:15 Saint Mary’s Road Ealing, London, W5 5RA

Contact: 02085791462, www.santamariapizzeria.com

3. Pizza Pilgrims

 

NEW SPECIAL! The “Mac-kale-ie Culkin”. Kale, smoked anchovies, chilli, garlic & mozz. KINDA healthy… VERY delicious!! 👊🏻🍕

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This is the story of two brothers returning from a trip to Italy with a Piaggio Van and the idea of making a business out of Neapolitan Pizza. Needless to say, they bloody succeeded it! I absolutely love it.

Location:11 Dean Street Soho, W1D 3RP

Contact: 02072878964, www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk 

4. Franco Manca

 

Rapid and friendly service at a decent price. What else? Ah! Neapolitan-style pizza, with a slow-rise sourdough crust.

5. Santore’, Farringdon

 

Just to keep a light stomach before the Christmas food marathon 👍🏻💪🏻 #pizza #foodie #london #exmouthmarket #farringdon #italianfood

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I define the atmosphere of this place truly Italian: it’s noisy and crowded and gives me that feel at home vibe. Amazing pizza and good service make this place a remarkable restaurant for pizza lovers.

Location Exmouth Market

6. Rosso Pomodoro

International chain of pizzerie, it’s also one of my favourite spot. It never disappoints me.

Location: 10 Jamestown Road Camden, London, NW1 7BY

7. Homeslice

 

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Supersized thin light crust wood-fired pizza, served or by the whole or by the slice.

Location: 13 Neal’s Yard Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

8. Princi, Soho

 

@princi_london @pizza looks pretty damn close to perfect. 📷: @massimousaiphotography #EEEEEATS #InfatuationLondon

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Classy atmosphere but always quite crowded and difficult to find a spot.

location: Princi
135 Wardour Street
W1F 0UT

9. Pizza East Portobello

 

Let it snow, Portobello💙❄️

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Beautiful interior decor and from the Soho House Group this is the other branch of Pizza East which is based in Shoreditch instead.

Location: 310 Portobello Road
London
W10 5TA

 

10. Sartori, Covent Garden

 

Sartori, London – UK

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Amongst thousands of touristy place this restaurant truly stands up. Wood-fired oven, you can find both individual or metre long pizza. Fresh and quality toppings.

Location: 15-18 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JE
02078366308

 

 

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Recipe ideas: zucchini rolls with ham and soft cheese

zucchini rolls

This recipe is the result of one of my recent attemps at cooking (yeah for those who don’t know me well, literally, ATTEMPS). But I must admit that I am getting better at it and, last but not least, definitely putting an effort.

And as the wise Anonymous says:  “Cooking is love made visible”,  let’s show some love today!

Whilst wondering on the web I came across to this recipe from the Giallo Zafferano, an italian cooking website  which I truly recommend when in the look for some tasty and easy to repeat italian recipes.

This a light, fresh and remarkably easy to make appetizer which doesn’t require too much effort,  but at the same time,  is nice  to present on the table when inviting friends for dinner.

The ingredients are:
Zucchini slices 12
Robiola 100 g (any soft cheese will do the trick)
Ham (Prosciutto crudo like Parma is preferable) 40 gr
Chives , chopped 1 tablespoon
Pepper ground black pepper
Salt

1) Firstly, allow the Zucchini to lose part of their water, then cut them lenghtwise   – 2,3 mm- and then grill them side by side for at least 2 minutes per side. Less than that doesn’t really work me.

2) Mix in a bowl the soft cheese with the rest of the ingredients until they amalgamate together in a cream.

3) Leave the zucchini to cool down for a little while so you can easily spread the cream afterwards.

4) Roll the zucchini and garnish them with chives.

And there you have it!

In case you were wondering how many calories does a zucchini contain, here you can find the numbers:

 

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