In Italy, food is given much upper hand while observing the Italian New Year habits. The tradition vary from region to places but, some of the major items never changes. There are some food item which symbolizes prosperity and hope for New Year.
Here, some ingredients for a traditional Italian new year lucky menu
Lentils and legumes
Legumes, in particularly lentils, are the Italian symbol of money: there are small seeds and resemble to coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind. In Italy, it’s customary to eat cotechino con lenticchie just after midnight—a particularly propitious meal because pork has its own lucky associations.
The custom of eating pork on New Year’s is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress and wellness. In addition to cotechino and zampone, other option includes black eyed peas and ham or polenta and sausege.
Cooked greens, including cabbage, are consumed at New Year’s for a simple reason : their green leaves look like folded money, and are thus symbolic of economic fortune.
For dessert can’t miss Panettone or Pandoro: a slice of Italian big bread with a glass of spumante is a must at midnight for a drink and for a toast to a happy new year.
Whether you want to create a full menu of lucky foods or just supplement your meal, here you have an assortment of ingredients, guaranteed to make for a happy New Year.
So, we hope you’ll enjoy the Italian New Year lucky food!