di Carlo’s Italian Restaurant Blog

Christmas Catering Perfect for Your Holiday Parties

Posted by Amy Plennes on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 @ 01:31 PM

Christmas is right around the corner.  And di Carlo wants to help make sure everything is perfect for this special holiday. Let us take care of dinner for you, so you can focus more on family time. We’ll be open until 4:00pm on Christmas Eve. Come by and pick up a pan of lasagna or any of our entrées on our On-the-Go catering menu. Our full pans serve 15-20 people, and our half pans serve 6-8 people. Also, you can order it cold, so you can heat the pans yourself on Christmas Day! 

On-the-Go catering includes self-served disposable aluminum pans. Each pan comes with garlic bread, Parmesan cheese, and extra red sauce. View our entire On-the-Go Catering Menu to see the list of appetizers and entrées available in pans.

For more information about our On-the-Go catering, or any of our other catering services, please contact us.

Tags: Christmas, Trattoria di Carlo, Catering, Parties

Christmas Traditions of the Sicilian Culture

Posted by Amy Plennes on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 @ 12:43 PM

Christmas is such a special time of the year, filled with family, friends, food, and festivities.  Everyone has their traditions for the holidays, whether it’s getting the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, listening to Christmas music 24/7, or cooking those secret family recipes made for the holidays.

The Sicilian culture has their own set of traditions for the holiday season as well. Here are some Sicilian traditions that are practiced each year.

  • Families start decorating their homes and celebrating Christmas around December 8. Nativity scenes are also set up, as is the widespread custom.
  • Serious eating begins on Christmas Eve, December 24, and tends to continue for 24 hours. Sweets and desserts are of upmost importance.
  • Presents are opens after the Christmas Eve dinner.
  • Traditionally, lasagna is supposed to bring good luck, and is the main course at the New Year’s dinner, the following week.  And at midnight, Spumate is opened to ring in the New Year.
  • The end of Christmas comes on Epiphany, January 6.

Many traditional Sicilian recipes are made during this time of the year as well.

  • Sfincione: pizza dough covered with tomato sauce, onions, sardines, “caciocavallo” cheese, breadcrumbs, and olive oil
  • Cobaita: a nougat made with honey and sesame seeds, or walnuts and almonds
  • Nugatoli: cookies stuffed with chopped almonds, chopped pistachios, and cinnamon
  • Cosi Chini: pastries stuffed with dried figs and almonds
  • Buccellati: pastries stuffed with dried figs, raisins, almonds, walnuts, pine seeds, sugar, and candied orange peel

Every culture has their own traditions during the holiday. These are just a few from the Sicilian culture. What are some traditions you celebrate in your family? Share them with us!

Let us make your Christmas dinner for you! We have Everything you might need for you dinner of 4 people or 40 people. View our On the Go Catering menu and find what you need for the Holidays.

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Tags: Christmas, Traditions, Sicilian Culture