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WEEK NINETY-THREE: December 28, 29, 30 & January 2

CAPODANNO – New Year’s Eve Traditions and Superstitions. In the two weeks between December 24 (Feast of the Seven Fishes) and January 6 (Epiphany), Italians find themselves at the holiday table six times for six different celebrations! There are various traditions and specialty ingredients featured depending on the region, but food is always the main event. Second only to the Christmas feast, il Cenone di Capodanno or New Year’s Eve “Big Dinner” is the most important gathering of friends and family filled with traditions and superstitions that enrich the holiday, marking the beginning of the new year. In Italy, a traditional New Year’s Eve meal is all about symbolizing abundance, wealth and good luck. There are specific foods that no Italian would fail...

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NEW YEAR'S EVE TO-GO: Friday, December 31, 2021

Welcome to our 32nd 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. With the new mask mandates and an uptick of COVID cases, i Ricchi will be offering a special New Year’s Eve feast TO GO for those who prefer to celebrate AT HOME.

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WEEK NINETY-TWO MENU: December 21, 22, 23 & 26

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.

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WEEK NINETY-ONE MENU: Dec 14-19, 2021

Christmas in Naples: Food and the Art of the Presepio. The Italian religious custom of displaying the nativity scene of Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in a manger is something to behold. You would be hard pressed to find a home without one at this time of year, especially in Naples. They can range in size from a small tabletop to replicas of entire cities taking up enormous tabletops and even whole rooms. The Presepe is not simply a tradition in Naples, it has developed into an art form. Food in Naples also is rooted in a long history of outside influences of foreign invaders and poverty. Historical Neapolitan cuisine had been divided into two different categories: one for the rich and nobles, and...

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FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES: December 24, 2021

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES: December 24, 2021. Made popular in this country by Southern Italian immigrants in New York in the 1900s, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is enjoyed on Christmas Eve in commemoration of the birth of Jesus the next day.  The Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of certain holy days led to the origination of this multi-course feast. Despite its Italian American popularity, this tradition is virtually unknown in Northern Italy.  Though it seems like almost each of the 20 regions has its own culinary traditions, this celebration has taken hold here and has become a popular annual i Ricchi event. We are excited that you have made this part of...

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