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A Traditional Italian Christmas

Christmas, or Natale, is a very special holiday throughout Italy and each region has its own traditional dishes.  Christmas is one of the few occasions of the year in which ancestral traditions are revered above all else.  Take a look at our collection of traditional Italian Christmas recipes and get a few ideas for your own holiday feasts this season.
Traditional Italian Christmas Desserts
A collection of Christmas favorites from different regions of Italy, including sturffoli, zuppa inglese, Sicilian fig cake, and more.
Italian Christmas Eve
Feast of the Seven Fishes
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.

Italian Christmas Eve Recipes  >>
Christmas Day Breakfast
Christmas Cappuccino
Eggs and Smoked Salmon in Puff Pastry
Cranberry Orange Pancakes
Apple and Sausage Patties
Eggnog Muffins
Ambrosia Spread

Christmas Breakfast Recipes  >>
Christmas Day Dinner Menu
Throughout Italy, every region has ritual foods for Christmas Day.  The menu that we have put together combines favorites from various regions.

Christmas Dinner Menu  >>
Special Holiday Entrées
Prime Rib Roast  >>
Crown Roast of Pork  >>
Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham  >>
Falsomagro  >>
Lobster Recipes  >>

Osso Buco alla Milanese >>
Porchetta  >>
Pork Loin Recipes  >>
Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing  >>
Surf and Turf  >>
Christmas Cookies
Share the sweet spirit of the season with Christmas cookies that "really say Christmas."

Christmas Cookie Recipes  >>
Roasted Chestnuts
How to Roast Chestnuts
Roasted chestnuts are a big part of Italian get-togethers throughout the holiday season.  They can be an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes or simply eaten as a snack.

How to Roast Chestnuts  >>
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Enjoy slices of Italian Fontina, English Cheddar, or French Vacherin with a glass of wine for entertaining with this modern bamboo cheese board.  Bordered by grooves that hold crackers, nuts, or olives and designed with a hidden drawer with four utensils and a cheese knife.
Perfect appetizer tray to use at holiday dinners, family barbeques, office parties or any special event.  It also makes a lovely gift for teachers.
Add a distinctively personal touch of style to a special occasion, Makes a  nice gift for a Christmas, a bridal shower, engagement, or anniversary. Customizable the way you want;the perfect gift for a person who has everything.
Pandoro: The traditional Christmas bread from Verona
Pandoro or pan d’oro means ‘golden bread.’   It is a traditional Christmas cake from Verona that gets its name due to its pleasing yellow color.

Pandoro Recipe  >>
Panettone, the tall, cylindrical, fruit-filled sweet bread from Milan has become an essential part of the Christmas season.

Panettone Recipe >>
Panettone - Traditional Italian Christmas Bread from Milan
Neapolitan Christmas Salad
Neapolitan Christmas Salad
This zesty cauliflower salad is commonly served in Neapolitan homes during the Christmas season.

Neapolitan Christmas Salad Recipe  >>
Candied Orange Peel
Chocolate Panforte Candy
Makes it easy to remove cheesecakes and tarts from the metal pan bases.  Wide 10 inch diameter head is big enough for most cakes
If you're short on space you can still entertain big by setting up mini buffets throughout your house.  Find 3 great locations in your house to serve each item on your menu.  Serve the turkey on a kitchen island, side dishes on a table in the living room, and the desserts on a rolling cart tucked into a corner.  This will keep guests moving from one place to the next and mingling with others along the way.
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Party Food Ideas
These are 20 of our favorite, tried and true, finger foods that are perfect for any occasion from New Year's Eve to a Christmas party.

Party Food Ideas  >>
Festive Holiday Drinks
Here are a few recipes for cocktails and punch to add to your holiday entertaining. Festive holiday alcoholic drinks, eggnog, and even a delicious punch for children.

Festive Holiday Drink Recipes >>
Warming Holiday Drinks
Get cozy in front of the fireplace or watching a Christmas movie with a warm mug of cider, hot chocolate or spiced wine ... we have the recipes for you.

Warming Holiday Drink Recipes  >>
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Cannoli Cheesecake