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Easter Lamb in Italy


I love lamb and during Easter in Italy I get to have two kinds: spring lamb freshly slaughtered and grilled to perfection and almond paste formed into the shape of the animal and airbrushed with a dopey smile and a homicidal glare. Virtually every restaurant in Italy served grilled lamb this time of year, Easter Sunday or not. In Rome it is called abbacchio scottadito. The best place to find lamb confections is in Sicily, but when I can’t make it down there, I head for one of the Sicilian pastry shops in Rome like Ciuri Ciuri, Dagnino, or Nobel.

2016-01-08T12:18:53+00:00 April 6th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Sweets & Dessert|10 Comments


  1. Rob April 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    You’d have a homicidal glare if somebody had stuck a flag in your spine, too!

  2. Katie April 6, 2009 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Good point. Let’s not try that.

  3. Bruno April 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Lambs don’t love easter, i’m afraid.
    Almond paste are better, if you have vegetarian friends. You can also have sugar and chocolate lambs, but don’t tell it to your dentist!

  4. Have Pack, Will Travel April 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Haha, it certainly does have a homicidal glare. Creepy.

  5. Katie April 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    @Have Pack, Will Travel: The whole concept is totally creepy. The first time I ever saw a marzipan lamb it was nothing more than a misshapen mound of paste with a plastic lamb face stuck to it. I still have nightmares.

    @Bruno: Chocolate and sugar lambs you say? Tell me more!

  6. Gabriel April 8, 2009 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I hear these thing are flammable!
    Be careful

  7. Katie April 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    @Gabriel thanks for the warning!

  8. Bruno April 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    “scottadito” literally means that it “burns your finger”, because lamb is more tasty if you eat it just roasted, very hot and, better, directly from your hands, without forks

  9. Florence Italy April 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I really liked your blog!

  10. Florence Italy May 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Very nice information. Thanks for this.

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