Easter is right around the corner. Bakers and bread makers are churning out colombe, casatiello (easter bread made with pieces of salame, pecorino cheese and eggs) and la pastiera napoletana. Artisans work round-the-clock cranking out chocolate creations.
Like all food, Italians take chocolate seriously, especially at Pasqua (Easter). Mini eggs, fish and chicken-shaped goodies wrapped in pink, silver and gold foil flood shop windows. Classic hollow chocolate eggs come in every size and contain surprise toys. Many Italians bring specially selected gifts to their choice chocolate maker to be encased in massive chocolate eggs.
I can’t help but be mesmerized. Enjoy!
If you find yourself in Rome around Easter, here’s are are two places where you can get the good stuff:
Via del Pie’ di Marmo, 21/22 – 06 699 0856
You know it’s Easter time when you walk by Rome’s oldest and finest chocolatier. There is a line out the door. All chocolate and Easter confections are crafted on-site. Order your custom chocolate Easter eggs here.
Via Tiburtina 135 – 06.446 9204
This antique chocolate factory was founded in 1923 in the university area of San Lorenzo. Whether you grab a seat in the café to sample some Easter treats or take a carton of hollow chocolate eggs to go, you won’t be disappointed. The eggs coated in hazelnut and ground cocoa bits are delightful.