April 25th is the day on which Italians celebrate the Nazi occupation army leaving northern Italy in 1945 after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement. This day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy and is a national holiday.
As usual, Molfettans celebrate their holidays by eating and, weather permitting, spending the day in the countryside.
We celebrated by having a picnic with friends on the Alta Murgia, a tableland area inland from Molfetta.
The first photo shows a Molfettan style calzone, which is sort of like a pie stuffed with onions, fish, black olives, tomatoes and raisins. If I have time, I will post the recipe on my other blog, Amid the Olive Trees, tomorrow.
Other items on the menu included ham, salami, spicy cheese, breaded chicken cutlets, mozzarella, homemade bread and taralli, fresh fennel, fresh fava beans... I must be forgetting something...
Dessert was a "Colomba," the traditional Italian Easter cake made in the shape of a dove, accompanied by limoncello, a lemon liquor.
Over the next few days I'll show you more photos of this beautiful natural area, famous for wild asparagus and cardoncello mushrooms.