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Our “Throwback” Italian Easter Dinner

April 21, 2014 by Joan Nova in Family, Holidays, Italian | 6 Comments

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Easter dinner was an homage to “Nanny”, my brother-in-law’s mother, with whom we shared many Easters when we lived in New York. My sister did most of the cooking and, true to tradition, it was multi-coursed, calorie-laden, acid-inducing and molto delizioso.

An all-day affair.

We always start with drinks and pickies. For this occasion, it was Prosecco and Pizza Rustica, a pie laden with cheese and Italian meats) made by my son, Jim. I balanced it up with a salad of olives and raw vegetables (appreciated basically by only me).

[A combination of my excitement, quantity of booze consumed and the food coma I was in take responsibility for the quality of some photos in this post.]

There was a slight departure at the first course when instead of stuffed artichokes, my sister lightened it up with grilled artichokes which we’ve all grown to prefer.

Ricotta gnudi was a new dish to our table and I loved it.

Next course, a small portion of lamb in egg sauce.

Lasagna and gravy meats (meatballs, hot and sweet sausage and steak piazziolla) and a large green salad followed. I guess you’d consider that the main course.

The star of our Easter sweet table is always the traditional Wheat Pie.

Hope you enjoyed your day.

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  1. How fantastic!! molto delizioso!
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  2. I didn’t know there was an Italian version of egg and lemon sauce. It’s usually a Greek dish. Absolutely delicious.
    What a feast Joan.
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  3. What fun and great food.
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  4. Marie says:

    You did your Nanny proud, looks outstanding Joan!
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  5. sippitysup says:

    I’m speechless… GREG
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