Christmas in Rome – Ancient Traditions
Bag pipes? Bag pipes in Italy! I quickly learned that no Italian Christmas would be complete without the sound of bagpipes. Everywhere from the piazzas of Rome to remote hillside villages, Zampognari (pipers) continue the tradition of festive bagpipe playing that dates back to ancient Rome.
Christmas in both Abruzzo and Lazio remains a holiday deeply rooted in ancient traditions where true values are passed down through the stories of the elderly from generation to generation. This week’s menu stars many ingredients popular in these regions and found on their holiday menus.
Welcome to our 31st New Year’s Eve celebration!
The feast of Saint Sylvester is traditionally celebrated on New Year’s Eve night when Italians believe they should eat lentils as a symbol of wealth and pork as a symbol of life’s fullness.
*Includes NYE party hats & noise makers
Christmas in Naples: Food and the Art of the Presepio Pasta e Fasul Neapolitan pasta and cannellini beans Bistecca alla Pizzaiola 7oz top sirloin steak braised in tomato, garlic and oregano, topped with Fior di Latte mozzarella Insalata di Scarola, Mele e Nocciole Wilted escarole salad with sauteed apples, hazelnuts and parmesan Torta Napolitana Napolean pastry layered with crema diplomatica Wine: Mastro Aglianico Campania, Mastroberardino 2018 This fresh, youthful red has notes of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and violet flowers. The palate is smooth, medium bodied, with red fruits on the palate and a fruity finish. Chef Travel Notes The Italian religious custom of displaying the nativity scene of Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in a manger is something to behold. ...
"Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi."
Old Tuscan proverb: Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever!
The Italians would never dream of not being home for Christmas, but this year is different. We must not travel and many will be home alone. So why not set the table, light a candle, open a bottle and order Christmas Day dinner from i Ricchi.
Back by popular demand, the FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES, an Italian American Christmas Eve extravaganza, has become an annual tradition at Ristorante i Ricchi and this year, through the Food Club, you can enjoy the food festivities at home too.
Take time out of your holiday schedule and let us do the cooking for you.
Enjoy SEVEN courses of delicious Italian specialties.
MAKE IT YOUR NEW FAMILY TRADITION!
Pick-up windows available between 4-8pm.
$110/person (exclusive tax and tip)