How to Make Your Own Italian Christmas Feast

1. An antipasto platter is a must
To start the evening like a true Italian, an antipasto platter is perfect accompaniment to an aperitivo cocktail or glass of prosecco. This spread of nibbles is a classic starter in Italy, a mix of prime cold cuts, seasonal cheeses and home-made pickles. 
Let Four Seasons get your antipasto right this festive season with a section of Italian and Spanish cold cuts or a tray of Italian and French unpasteurized cheese, hand selected by Chef Accordi. 

 

In Italy, Christmas means many things to different people, but one thing everyone can agree on is that food plays a big role. If you want to do Christmas Italian-style, take some tips from Executive Chef Andrea Accordi for a truly festive feast.

1. An antipasto platter is a must
To start the evening like a true Italian, an antipasto platter is perfect accompaniment to an aperitivo cocktail or glass of prosecco. This spread of nibbles is a classic starter in Italy, a mix of prime cold cuts, seasonal cheeses and home-made pickles.
Let Four Seasons get your antipasto right this festive season with a section of Italian and Spanish cold cuts or a tray of Italian and French unpasteurized cheese, hand selected by Chef Accordi.
2. Pasta is an important middle course
It would not be a holiday, or really any day in Italy, without a pasta course. To make your primi piatti extra special, plan a little in advance to prepare a nice handmade tagliolini served with butter and white truffle. For a bit more sophistication and a bigger cooking challenge, "Tortellini in brodo", or tortellini with capon stock, is sure to impress any festive guest.
Jazz up even the simplest pasta this season with a shower of freshly, shaved white truffle.
3. Wines to go with
Prosecco for the aperitivo is a MUST. For the tortellini, I’d recommend a beautiful Amarone wine from Veneto region.
Pick out the perfect wine for your holiday feast, or upgrade your gifting, with a selection of Italian and international wines from Sommelier Victor Petiot.
4. Focus on taste over plating
Do not stress too much over plating. The most important thing is the food. If you focus on the flavours and make sure all ingredients are authentic, your guests are sure to leave happy.
5. Plan in advance and with your family
In Italy, we consider the festive season a special time to spend with the family, a time when you can bring back memories and celebrate tradition. The taste of a beautiful plate of homemade pasta or sweet panetonne reminds you of the great moments in your life. If you plan the cooking in advance, take time for the preparation and include your family in the cooking, trust me, this will be fun.