International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on the 8th March and honours the achievements and sacrifices of women throughout history. With its roots in the radical socialism of the early twentieth-century, following the tragic deaths of many Italian immigrants in a New York linen factory in 1908, la Festa della Donna has become an important event in the Italian cultural calendar. For many, this day is a celebration of the social, political and economic triumphs of women over the last hundred years, but it also holds more personal connections and is a time to recognise and appreciate the women around us.
Growing up in Puglia, our lovely sfoglina Roberta, has a deep appreciation for famiglia and has been inspired by generations of strong women who played a pivotal role in her upbringing. From her mamma to her nonna, Roberta’s formative years were filled with female role models and even now their words still echo in her mind when she needs guidance or advice.
From a young age, Roberta shared a special bond with her nonna, Maria-Assunta, and they spent many hours together foraging and cooking on the d’Elia family farm. It was Maria-Assunta who taught Roberta the art of pasta making, which to this day remains close to her heart.
As an unruly and somewhat impatient child, Roberta’s attention was easily distracted, yet she would sit for hours on end watching the wizened hands of her nonna form beautiful shapes from freshly prepared pasta dough. This special relationship has shaped much of Roberta’s life and on la Festa della Donna in particular, she remembers her nonna and is grateful for everything that Maria-Assunta taught her all those years ago in Puglia.
Across Italy symbolic sprigs of bright golden mimosa flowers are presented to women on March 8th to commemorate this occasion. The choice of mimosa blossom was made by Italian feminists in 1946, when they celebrated this special holiday for the first time after the Second World War, and the tradition has continued ever since. These special posies are now given out up and down Italy as a symbol of love and appreciation to mark the Festa della Donna.
Why not celebrate la Festa della Donna this year and find a way to show the women around you just how much you care. Whether you cook one of our delicious pasta recipes like our sea bass ravioli or our spaghetti alla puttanesca, or you decide to treat them to our delectable dolce, there are so many ways to demonstrate your appreciation.
Our heavenly Tiramisù is another ode to Roberta's happy childhood. Her paternal grandmother, nonna Carmela, used to make this dish for her grandchildren on special occasions. When she served it up to the d'Elia clan, their small faces would light up in anticipation of the delight to come. We think this dish is a fitting tribute to some of the inspirational women we know and love, and is the perfect expression of gratitude.
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