I’m a few weeks late on this post, but I had to go back and write about Pasquetta.
Pasquetta is the day after Easter. You could translate the word as “Little Easter” because “Pasqua” is Easter. It’s a national holiday so everyone has off work and school. On Pasquetta, the weather is starting to get nice, and all of Italy gets out their grills.
My host family went across the street to a neighbor’s house. This particular neighbor pulled out all the stops, even for Italy. We had chicken, shish kabob, pork ribs, hamburgers, steaks, and sausage. As well as grilled eggplant, grilled peppers, and potatoes. It was delicious and the day was definitely one of the best days I’ve had so far in Italy. I ate way too much and basically didn’t eat for 24 hours after. And I had a stomachache the next day. But it was worth it.
The food was cooked with the typical Italian care and passion. I watched these two guys circle around the grill for 2-3 hours, turning every piece of meat and every piece of eggplant repeatedly until every last one was perfect. Normally I write a lot but in this case, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
We had an additional school holiday on Tuesday because it was their version of Spring Break. (Thursday-Tuesday) So we actually go to do another Pasquetta with friends a few hours away. It was a bit less of an extravagant selection but also very good, and we had pasta before the meat and gelato after. Then we went to a local park and walked around a lake and saw some horses.
Pasquetta gets two thumbs up.