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Easter in Sicily - Traditions and Fun

Posted: 2014-04-14

Easter Sunday is one of the holiest days in the Sicilian culture. Churches are full of faithful civilians blessing one another with peace.  It is also a time to celebrate with family and friends and enjoy Sicilian traditions and wonderful food. 

In Sicily, Easter is a holiday reuniting family and friends and rejoicing with food for this wonderful occasion. Our traditions often surround lamb, delicious bread and chocolate. Miniature chocolate or marzipan lambs and bunnies are given to children on Holy Saturday and imbedded into bread, called “pupu cu l’ova” puppet with eggs. The eggs are also made with chocolate, and are given with a surprise gift inside it. Additionally, the Colomba Pasquale, otherwise known as the Easter Dove, are made with cake dough and covered with almonds and nib sugar.

The main dish served at almost every Sicilian Easter dinner is the lamb. Lamb is generally served with vegetables and potatoes. Side dishes generally include a pasta dish, cassata siciliana, coffee, Moscato di Pantelleria and rosolio.Additional desserts include honey sponge cake stuffed with ricotta cream, covered with candied fruits, fragrant with cinnamon, citrus fruits and it is the classic Sicilian Easter dessert. Yum!

We would like to wish you a safe and joyous Easter. Let us help you with your Easter dinner. We have a great selection of desserts and wonderful Easter bread starting at just $6.99. Or just come talk to us about our Sicilian traditions, they are evident in everything we have.