Italian Christmas food and traditions: Naples’ Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

I’m going to give you an overview of the traditional Neapolitan Christmas Eve dinner menu, as I told in a previous post “Naples’ Christmas Eve Dinner” it is very particular compared with other parts of Italy, where the Christmas celebrations occur on the 25th and the Eve dinner is generally a light meal.

On the contrary at Naples the Christmas Eve dinner is the most important Christmas meal, the menu is fish-based for religious reasons, the dishes are simple but rich in history and local traditions. It is usually very abundant and consists of many courses.

Let’s see what you will surely find on a Neapolitan Christmas Eve table…

 Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

Starters:

Christmas Broccoli (a local specialty) and Cauliflower Salad , so called “Insalata di rinforzo”

Escarole pie, so called “Pizza di scarola”

Naples Christmas Eve dinner - a slice of Escarole pie (pizza di scarola)

Naples Christmas Eve dinner – a slice of Escarole Pie (pizza di scarola)

Mixed fried vegetables (artichokes, fennels, cauliflower and other seasonal vegetables)

Main course:

Spaghetti with clams (preferably in white souce)

Naples Christmas Eve dinner - spaghetti with clams

Naples Christmas Eve dinner – spaghetti with clams

Second course:

Oven baked Sea bass

Fried Salted Cod

Fried eels

Fruit and desserts:

Seasonal and dried fruit and nuts

Struffoli ( little balls of dough fried and coated with honey, adorned with candied fruit and little coloured confetti)

Naples Christmas Eve dinner: struffoli, a traditional dessert

Naples Christmas Eve dinner: struffoli, a traditional dessert

Typical Christmas sweets that looks like biscuits:

Roccocò, Mustaccioli, Raffiuoli, Susamielli

Typical Christmas sweets that looks like biscuits: Roccocò, Mustaccioli, Raffiuoli, Susamielli

Typical Christmas sweets that looks like biscuits:
Roccocò, Mustaccioli, Raffiuoli, Susamielli

Pasta reale (Royal Pastry): marzipan decorated and coloured pastries

Pasta reale (Royal Pastry): marzipan  pastries

Pasta reale (Royal Pastry): marzipan pastries

Torrone from Benevento (delicious nougat with almonds and nuts; the best version is the one dipped in chocolate).

Drinks:

traditionally Neapolitans drink a local white wine; the most popular wines are: Lacrima Christi, Capri Bianco, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino.

At midnight an Italian sparkling wine is a must; with desserts a “Passito” or a local homemade “Limoncello”.

In case I missed something, please let me know!

In my opinion this is a fantastic holiday meal to share with friends and relatives; with so many courses it can last for hours: it is the opportunity to gather families, to see each other after long separations spending a lot of time together ….over delicious food and drink!!!

If you are in search of culinary ideas for the next Christmas meals follow my blog and I’ll provide you with the most interesting tips and traditional Italian Christmas recipes.

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