Thanksgiving isn’t the only great family feast to celebrate this November. In Italy, All Saints’ Day (November 1st) is a national holiday commemorating every Catholic saint. It is also a time when families take a moment to remember and honor their departed ancestors. Church bells ring out during the day to welcome wayward souls back home. Overnight, tables are left set and bottles of water are left out in the kitchen so the departed can join their families for another feast, if only in spirit.
In true Italian style, All Saints’ Day culminates in a big meal with plenty of wine and special seasonal foods. (Check out our Halloween post about other Italian traditions.) Of course, it wouldn’t be an Italian feast without plenty of lively discussion and family business. So after a night of candy and Halloween hijinks, we encourage the idea to meet together as a family as most of us will be so busy in the later half of Fall that we’ll barely have time to tie our shoes, much less come together over a great, homestyle meal.
This year, let Pinocchio’s Italian Eatery take care of the cooking while you take care of the people you love. We’ll make sure no one in your family leaves hungry, and we’ll even leave a table set after hours on November 1st this year, just in case.