This year again marks an unusual passing of what should be one of the most festive days of the Italian holiday calendar. While traditional large meal gatherings and festive parades will be nonexistent, we do hope that our Italian friends will be able to join in small family gatherings to celebrate Easter or Passover. Stores and restaurants in Italy are closed, but join us in a virtual brindisi (toast) in hopes that the world will be able to truly enjoy the rite of Spring soon.
Tortas (delicious flaky stuffed pies), breads of all sorts, hollow chocolate eggs filled with surprise treats, lamb, lasagna ... the list is endless. Read more about Italian Easter food traditions here in Gambero Rosso.
If you are looking to add wines to your celebration, here are some recommendations from north to south.
Prosecco DOC Rosé: ICYMI, we wrote about this new style of wine when it first hit the U.S. market back in August 2020. Since then, many more producers have shipped their entries around the world. Crisp, refreshing, and hinting of spring—if you like pink and you like bubbles, this is a no-brainer.
Lugana DOC: The quintessential springtime wine, this zesty white from the shores of beautiful Lake Garda (Lombardy & Veneto) is a great aperitif wine, and because it is made in several styles, it can match perfectly with first courses such as egg dishes with spring vegetables.
Cerasulo d’Abruzzo DOC: This almost red-like rosato (rosé) from Abruzzo is a great transition wine. Delicious with classic antipasti meats and cheeses, it has enough heft to sit alongside your ham and savory sides. If you only have plans for one wine, this is the one.
Greco di Tufo DOCG: It might be known mainly by the wine cognoscenti, but this overlooked white from Campania, is a chameleon—in a good way. It can open a meal and also stand up to whatever dishes make it to the table before dessert—savory pastas, meats, and if you favor pizza on Easter, even your pizza!
Frappato: Used in multiple DOCs, this delicious red from Sicily has a wild and fruity quality to it. Anchovies, eggplant pastas, more cured meats, tuna—and even the lamb if it is prepared grilled—are good partners. You’ll likely see swordfish at the Sicilian table, however.
For dessert, you can start all the way from the top of the country again, depending on what dessert is on your table—delightful Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG, Prosecco DOCG, Recioto di Soave DOCG, Vin Santo del Chianti or del Chianti Classico DOC, or Pantelleria DOC. If this is not enough, consult our full list of dessert wines from Italy.