Italians love festivals and the ending of the old year and beginning of the New Year, il capodanno, is a great time to celebrate in Italy. As with most Italian festivals, food plays a major role. Families and friends get together for a huge feast. The star of the dinner is lentils, symbolizing money and good fortune for the coming year.
Huge midnight fireworks displays celebrate the coming of the New Year. Most towns have public displays in a central square but private parties will also include firecrackers or sparklers, too, and will continue for a long time.
The New Year is also celebrated with spumante or prosecco, Italian sparkling wine. New Years’ parties, whether public or private, will often last until sunrise in order to watch the first sunrise of the newborn year.
An old custom that is still followed in some places, is throwing your old things out the window to symbolize your readiness to accept the New Year. So, keep an eye out for falling objects if you're walking around near midnight! Oh, one more thing, don't forget to wear your red underwear to ring in the New Year! They say it'll bring you luck in the coming year.
Come join us at Trattoria Toscana to bring in the New Year with great food and family and friends. Buon Capodanno!
Open New Year’s Eve from 12pm-3pm, 5pm-close
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Closed New Year’s Day