An Italian Christmas in Portland

Homemade Panettone from Taste Unique is a tradition for Portland Italians. (Photo credit, Stefania Toscano)
Homemade Panettone from Taste Unique is a tradition for Portland Italians. (Photo credit, Stefania Toscano)

We are lucky. As Italians, we’ve surely had our chance to be spoiled when it comes to food. Lucky and cursed at the same time, since our standards are so high!

This is particularly true as the holidays approach. We often find ourselves fighting at the stove to recreate that particular dish, hunting for a rare ingredient, digging into mom’s recipes and struggling with always imprecise instructions. “Mom, how much is a little bit?” I find myself shouting into the telephone handset.

Each Italian region, city, family has its own dishes that are expected at Christmas. For me, having grown up near Mantua, Tortelli di Zucca are a must on December 24, and Agnolini (our local version of tortellini), ideally in a broth made with capon, on Christmas Day.

The food scenario in Portland is indeed vibrant, and it’s a relief to know that many places offer traditional Italian dishes.

Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on December 12, 2014 by Grazia Solazzi: http://italoamericano.com/story/2014-12-12/Christmas

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