Celebrate Father’s Day The Italian Way
Anyone familiar with the literary works of Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini will instantly know how much the ‘Madre’ (mother in Italian) is revered as a pillar of both the family and community. A popular Italian song, Viva la Momma (Hooray for Moms) celebrates the affection and importance of the matriarchal figure in Italian culture. Just as important to the Italian family is the Papa. To show reverence to the papa, Father’s day or “Festa del Papa” is celebrated in Italy on March 19th each and every year.
Celebrating Italian Style
Like many countries that have strong ties to Catholicism, Italy links the celebration of Father’s Day to St.Joseph, the father of Jesus Christ. Because St. Joseph’s own holiday takes place on March 19th, Father’s day in Italy is observed on that same date. For Italians, Joseph is seen as the ultimate father figure–a pious caregiver who accepts his duty with pride and fulfills the obligations expected of him as a caregiver.
Just like any other country, the Italian people have a variety of ways in which they celebrate Father’s Day. Ideally, the day is spent revering the father, a quiet trip out to the countryside, and a meal that is eaten in dedication to the Papa with vigour and gusto.
Traditional Cuisine Cooked for Father’s Day
Italy is a country synonymous with impeccable cuisine that is seldom rivalled. When it comes to a celebratory meal on Father’s Day, it usually involves a dish called Bignè di San Giuseppe. These are fried cream puffs filled with custard and topped with powdered sugar. They’re a very popular dish, but they’re heavily associated with celebrating the Papa.
These tasty treats aren’t the only meal associated with Father’s Day in Italy. Here are some of the dishes that our experts listed as some of the tastiest.
- Cacio e Pepe–Spaghetti with Mullet Row
- Spaghetti & Agretti with Orange Butter
- Tortellini with Pea Sauce
- Sweet Orange Foccaciaia
- Squash Blossom & Anchovy Tramezzini
Celebrating With Authentic Italian Cuisine is Closer Than You Might Think
If the prospect of taking your father out for some wonderful tasting Italian cuisine sounds appetizing, we have some excellent news to share with you. You don’t need to rush out and book a plane ride because Old Town Pizzeria serves up the very best, and this Father’s Day, we’d love to serve you and your papa a wonderful meal–Italian style. For more information, a menu, and much more, head on over to oldtownpizzali.com.