In Piedmont, rice symbolizes coins and wealth. To encourage financial prosperity, enjoy risotto for your New Year’s dinner!
Lentils symbolize prosperity and are commonly enjoyed for New Year’s dinner with cotechino sausage or as vegetarian ragu!
Try this lentil ragu recipe: https://hardcoreitalians.blog/2020/10/02/mafaldine-with-roasted-butternut-squash-and-mushroom-ragu/
3. Cotechino Sausage
Pork is considered a lucky New Year’s food because it is fatty and rich. The classic pairing for New Year’s lentils in many parts of Italy is cotechino sausage, a typical dish of Modena in Emilia Romagna.
Try this traditional preparation: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/16050/cotechino-con-lenticchie/
4. Tortellini in Brodo
Tortellini or cappelletti (little hats) are enjoyed for Capodanno, or “head of the year” on New Years. A delicious way to say hats off to the old year and begin the new one!
This sweet cake is typically eaten through the holiday season and especially on New Year’s Eve in Venice!
Try this pandoro french toast for breakfast: https://hardcoreitalians.blog/2020/11/14/mario-batalis-pandoro-french-toast-video-recipe/
Sfincione is a thick-crusted, rectangular pizza made with onions, bread crumbs, and caciocavallo cheese. It is the traditional pizza of Sicily and absolutely delicious!