The Best Italian Holiday Meals

When it comes to the world of Italian cuisine, there’s almost no limit to the amount of recipes that you can make. In fact, there are so many traditional Italian recipes that there are meals that go well with specific holidays! There are meals that are perfect for birthdays, weddings, and other social occasions, but what about the holiday season? With Christmas just around the corner, we’ll take a deep dive into the best Italian holiday recipes that the whole family will enjoy!


A close cousin of ravioli, manicotti is a staple of many Christmas Eve dinners with Italian families. It’s pretty easy to make and can be customized with a variety of different fillings. You can use ingredients like cheese, spinach, and hamburger meat to spice up your recipe depending on your family’s preferences. Manicotti is a dish that you can’t go wrong with!

Lasagna Bolognese

Is there an Italian holiday special more widespread than lasagna? This is for good reason, too; you can be about as varied with lasagna as you can with manicotti. Take this lasagna bolognese recipe, for example. It takes the traditional Italian dish and combines it with pancetta, spinach and onions for a richer, bolder taste. Regardless of how you choose to make lasagna, there’s no better holiday staple! 

Chicken and Bruschetta

If you thought that this recipe was two separate dishes, think again! This recipe actually combines the two dishes, replacing the bread of traditional bruschetta with the chicken itself. It’s a great way of combining appetizer and entree for a wonderful meal that the whole family can enjoy. You’ll find that this meal is an unorthodox, yet wonderful, combination of ingredients!

Chicken Alfredo

Are there any better Italian holiday staples than the most classic recipes? Chicken alfredo is one of the most famous Italian dishes out there, and for good reason; it’s incredibly tasty and filling! It’s an easy to make recipe that can serve large groups of people and ensure that everyone leaves with a full stomach. You can also add fettuccine to mix things up!

Classic Italian Dishes at Trattoria Il Panino

Trattoria Il Panino has an inviting mix of traditional Italian dishes and meals that think outside the box. We bring the authentic Italian dining experience right to the heart of Boston’s North End, ensuring you get the most of every bite and sip that you take. For the best Italian experience on the East Coast, click here to make a reservation!