Sunday, March 23, 2008

Buona Pasqua!

Happy Easter! While I havent seen any easter bunnies or colored eggs or baskets filled with plastic grass and chocolate, it is evident that Easter has arrived in Venice. The traditional sweet to have at Easter is a panettone. Its also very popular around Christmastime. Based on a variation of the Italian braided loaf, it is sweetened with raisins, pine nuts, citron and other flavors.

You can buy them at all the local bakeries and they are packaged just so. But you can also get them at the grocery store--albeit not as fresh and tasty but they do offer other flavors this way. I happen to like the one flavored with limoncello!

There is plenty of chocolate around. Little Lindt chocolate Easter eggs are everywhere. And the finer bakeries will show off their skills by creating large chocolate eggs and the occassional chicken or bunny. As always, bakery items are sold by the gram not by the piece.

I am doing my best not to buy one of everything but I have this sense of urgency that I wont be getting any more of this once I return home...quite the quandry!


Gil said...

Don't buy too many items, just one of those huge chocolate eggs.

Buona Pasqua!

mental mosaic said...

I didn't buy any... but I was given 2 HUGE eggs. I mean, they're as big as my head!

As for Limoncello - yum!

Auguri! :)

Ryan said...

I also was given a giant egg..... Those things are crazy!!! It looked like a double size football! I broke it up and put it in a tupperware and it looks like so much more chocolate that way! Really helping my diet!

Italian Wine Blog said...

Hey There

Just come across your blog from Italy Expats website. The Easter Eggs are mental huh!? I resisted them some how.

I'm moving to Venice in the next couple of weeks and am looking for expat groups to get involved with. Let me know if anything is going on!

Nice blog, fantastic photos! Makes me less nervous of the move, beautiful! x