This past week has been Carnevale time in Italy, although here on the Amalfi Coast it is not nearly as elaborate of an affair as the famous Carnevale celebrations in Venice. But this time of year, I find I often have that lovely city on the mind. Michelle Fabio, of the fabulous blog Bleeding Espresso, wrote a nice article on the history of Carnevale in Venice at Italy magazine. This week she also treated us to a recipe for a traditional Carnevale pastry called chiacchiere in her What’s Cooking Wednesday post. Michelle does a great job of explaining the tradition and unusual name of these tasty Carnevale treats. I couldn’t resist trying to make them! I had company coming for Sunday lunch, and first thing Sunday morning I was in the kitchen making my first attempt at chiacchiere. (I must thank Michelle again for the tips on buying baking powder here in Italy. Always something new to learn!) It was fun, and they were a big hit! I will certainly make these every year for Carnevale now. Click on over and take a look. You have one more day until Martedì Grasso (Fat Tuesday), so now is the time to make chiacchiere!
On the Amalfi Coast, celebrations for Carnevale generally take place on the few days leading up to and on Martedì Grasso. Last year I was caught off guard (and without camera) at the celebrations in Amalfi, but they consisted of two rather strange and loud floats and a parade. Here are a couple of videos I found online showing the general wackiness and fun of Carnevale on the Amalfi Coast…
(Yes, I think those were Smurfs.)
From what I have heard, Maiori has the biggest Carnevale celebration of the cities along the coast, and that video does a nice job of capturing it in photos. Tomorrow I will be with family, and I am not sure I will be able to catch any of the celebrations in the area. But for me, it is a day to be with family and enjoy a good meal together, which will traditionally include lasagna (yum!) and, of course, more chiacchiere (yum yum!). Buon Carnevale to everyone!