20 of The Best Regional Holiday Recipes from Italy

  • by Nonna Box December 7, 2016
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  • Last Updated on May 6, 2020
20 regional holiday recipes from Italy

The holidays are here and we couldn’t be hungrier for some traditional, festive Italian holiday dishes. Rather than just any Italian dishes, we’ve rounded up popular holiday recipes from each of Italy’s regions.

1. Cotechino e Lenticchie from Emilia Romagna

cotechino con lenticchie

Enjoy lentils and cotechino sausage around the Holidays. Follow this simple recipe, but give yourself lots of prep time!

2. Tortelli di Zucca from Lombardia


Tortelli di Zucca

Ahhh…fresh butternut squash or pumpkin filling. Get the recipe!

3. Pandolce from Liguria


The classic nut & fruit cake that carries the traditions of Liguria. Check out the recipe here!

4. Cappelletti in brodo di cappone from Umbria

Cappelletti in brodo

Warm broth keeping your cappelletti pasta warm for the holidays. Recipe here.

5. Struffoli from Campania


Make these dough balls adorned in sprinkles and candied fruits! Here you can find the struffoli recipe.


6. Minestra di cardi from Abruzzo

Minestra di cardi

Include cardoons in your Christmas Day soup cooked in a rich chicken broth! Check it out.

7. Baccalà Con Peperoni Cruschi from Basilicata

Baccalà Con Peperoni Cruschi

Feast on dried and salted cod cooked in peppers. Here’s the recipe!

8. Torta gianduia from Piedmont

Torta gianduia

A chocolate lover’s delight! Made with hazelnuts and topped with Nutella spread. Get the recipe here.

9. Crostini di Fegatini from Tuscany

Crostini di Fegatini

The perfect appetizer! Get the recipe.

10. Vincisgrassi Lasagne from Marche

Vincisgrassi Lasagne

This isn’t just any lasagne, it’s Le Marche’s lasagne. Here’s the recipe!

11. Pangiallo laziale from Lazio

Pangiallo laziale

Crunchy and sweet. Check out this tasty Christmas treat. Get the recipe.

12. Maccarun ch’I hiucc from Molise

Maccarun ch’I hiucc

Pasta covered in cauliflower, garlic, and peperoncino. Yummm! Check it out.

13. Cartellate Pugliesi from Puglia

Cartellate Pugliesi

These tasty fritters are filled with dried fig syrup. A holiday staple. Recipe coming soon!

14. Gueffus from Sardinia


*Gasp* Almond holiday candies?

15. Sarde a beccafico from Sicily

Sarde a beccafico

Enjoy your sardines stuffed, rolled and baked. Read the recipe here.

16. Zuppa Valdostana from Valle D’Aosta

Zuppa Valdostana

Warm soup! Pass a bowl, please. Recipe here.

17. Pandoro di Verona from Veneto

Pandoro di Verona

Nothing quite says the holidays like a cake! Get the recipe.

18. Brovada E Muset from Friuli Venezia Giulia

Brovada e musetto

You gotta taste these flavors. Here’s the recipe.

19. Cullurielli from Calabria


Fried potato donuts? Yes, please. Get the recipe here.

20. Canederli from Trentino Alto Adige


Feast on bread dumplings this holiday season. Try it here.


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20 of The Best Regional Holiday Recipes from Italy
  • Maureen says:

    Looking forward to some great Italian recipes.

  • Allison Penza Sims says:

    My grandmother from Palo del Colle, Italy made a chocolate nut filled deep fried ravioli at Christmas time. Does anyone have a recipe like that?

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