Of all the signs that Spring is in the air, we love none more than the annual arrival of the Colomba Pasquale, a traditional Italian Easter bread baked in the shape of a dove.
Similar to panettone – with a delicate sweet flavor and an airy texture, studded with candied orange peel and citron, the Colomba Pasquale is covered with a scrumptious layer of crystallized sugar and whole, unpeeled almonds. Ours has a unique additional treat: it comes loaded with the highest quality Italian chocolate.
Colomba’s history can be traced back to Milan and the victory of Legnano in 1176, when cities of the Lombard League prevailed over Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who was intent on capturing Italy for the Holy Roman Empire. It’s said that two doves symbolizing the Holy Ghost appeared on the altar of the chariot carrying the battle standard.
The Colomba commemorates this important event, and this special bread is now made and enjoyed throughout all of Italy (and NYC) during Easter.