Our friends Pauline and Filippo, who have a house in the Migliorano district of Itri, kindly invited us to their home on Easter Monday. You may remember that we were invited there for the family feast of Ferragosto last August.
As usual Filippo’s family were also coming from the nearby coastal town of Formia, where Filippo was born and bred. I explained that we had our special friends the White family staying with us over the Easter period. Pauline just said “the more the merrier!” Also a new acquaintance was invited to also come along – Frank from California in the USA. (I will add more about Frank on a future blog post.)
We arrived at around Noon and we were warmly greeted by all of Pauline and Filippo’s family.
The weather had turned unseasonably chilly this Easter in Italy.
We were told that we would be eating inside where there was a welcoming fire in the grate.
Typically the Italian women folk were already busy in the kitchen which was full of tantalising delicious aromas.
A rich sugo with clams and tomato was simmering on the hob and the pasta was almost ready to serve. There would be 17 of us sitting around the table !!!
The clam sauce was absolutely delicious. Next some typical tiella pies were served with various fillings. There were also omelettes and some special savory Easter breads with eggs baked in them and flavoured with cheese and pancetta. In addition there was grilled chicken, some greens – namely scarola and broccoletti tossed in garlic and olive oil, and of course, Filippo’s wonderful roasted peppers.
This was followed by grilled fish.
For dessert there were several homemade Pastiera Napoletana cakes, made with ricotta cheese. Just wonderful.
Here is Filippo’s mother who has recently celebrated her 90th birthday.
Sincere thanks to all of Pauline and Filippo’s family for inviting us and our friends to share their Easter celebration with us.
All other photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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