So what is a classic Christmas Eve menu in Naples? Well, its all about fish, not surprisingly. A typical menu is made of pasta with anchovies or clams, followed by fried or roasted 'capitone' (eel), roasted fish, boiled lobster and insalata di rinforzo (such as a cauliflower salad).
For dessert, the typical cakes or sweets are the mustacciuoli or mostaccioli and fresh fruit. The meal of the 'Vigilia' is accompanied by Lacrima Christi white wine and ended with Lacrima Christi passito.
Well that's the day before, what about the day after?
Christmas Day sees a large meal which starts with a typical consommé or soup called Minestra maritata, which is followed by a richly filled fresh pasta dish that traditionally could be a timballo, but also a canelloni, lasagna or tortellini. The second course is a roasted turkey with fried broccoli and caponata along with an aubergine side dish.
The classic Neapolitan Christmas Day dessert are the struffoli. These are highly sweet ball shapes made with flour, sugar, rum, wine, lemon rind and honey. Do watch the video below.
Of course, there is no missing the national Christmas cakes such as Panettone and Pandoro followed by fresh and dried fruits.
To end, a good coffee and a digestive which could be a Limoncello.
The Christmas dinner is accompanied with the Ischia Rosso red wine or the Vesuvio Rosso red wine.