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In Italian, Christmas Eve is "La Vigilia," the eve. 
Many Italians also refer to it as The Eve of the Seven Fishes.  Traditionally the dinner is meatless and fish dishes dominate.
Some useful food words or terms that you may find in
Italian recipes, while dining at an Italian restaurant, or traveling in Italy.
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Panettone - Traditional Italian Christmas Bread from Milan
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Buccellato - Sicilian Christmas Fig Cake
BUCCELLATO - SICILIAN CHRISTMAS FIG CAKE
A fig and nut filled ring called a buccellato heralds
Christmas in Sicily.
Struffoli - A traditional Italian Christmas dessert
ITALIAN CHRISTMAS DESSERTS
No Italian Christmas would be complete without one or more traditional Christmas desserts.   Here are a few favorites.
Crown Roast of Pork
HOLIDAY AND SPECIAL OCCASION ENTREES
A collection of special occasion recipes that include prime rib, crown roast of pork, lobster, osso buco, glazed ham, porchetta,and more
Pandoro: The traditional Christmas bread from Verona
PANDORO
Roasted Chestnuts
Christmas Gift Cards
Whipped Baccala Christmas Eve Seafood Soup Calamari Salad Baccala with Tomatoes and Potatoes Fettuccine with Lobster Cream Sauce