The Italian Seder meal consists of Italian styled Jewish delicacies such as carpione (pickled fish), carciofi alla Romana (artichokes), bresaola (air cried, salted beef), matzoh lasagna, and Haroset all'Italiana (nut & fig chutney). They also have no idea what gefilte fish is, but sill serve fish with raisins and nuts. There will also be marinated zucchini, fried eggs in honey, frizzy wilted Torzelli endives, pickled onions and jellied striped bass with homemade mayonnaise.
Many Italian Jews will often make a chicken soup with rice and chicken balls (similar to arancini), but for Seder, they will make Italian-style matzoh ball with olive oil instead of chicken fat. One Jewish Nonna explains, ''We never used chicken fat in Italy. Our chickens were too thin.''
For dessert, they love tartufini (coconut and chocolate truffles), various fruit and nut cakes and tarts (much more moist in Italy) and tortino di azzine (chocolate & fruit tort in a cup). Unlike in the U.S., Italian Jews serve regional or imported Kosher wine with their meals... sweet wines are only served with dessert. Buying a Kosher Barolo is even possible nowadays.
My family name has its ancient history in Jewish roots, although my small branch of the Finzi's have been Catholic in modern history. As my family celebrates Easter this year, I would like to offer my best wishes and...
Felice Festa Pesach!