Natale, or Christmas, is a very special holiday
throughout Italy and each region has its own
traditional dishes. Natale is one of the few
occasions of the year in which ancestral
traditions are revered above all else. What
will be eaten during the feast is a kind of ritual.
Very often each course is prepared more or
less in the same way it has been for
generations. Mothers, sisters, aunts, and
cousins get together to make these foods in
assembly line fashion. These are the key
ingredients that make these foods so special
... the togetherness, the stories and laughter,
the reconnecting with and preserving of the
past ... a time to celebrate.