Delicious Italian Dishes for the Holidays – Or Whenever

The time of year has come when I find myself conflicted between favorite passions: fine Italian jewelry and delicious Italian food. I always look forward to both. As fall brings changes of color and cooler weather, new styles and fantastic flavors follow – but if I ever had to choose, could I do it? Would holiday parties be the same without one or the other? Luckily, fine jewelry pairs beautifully with Italian food – so we’ll never have to find out – and that sounds like a reason to celebrate!

Here are 3 Italian treats (with recipes by Rachael Ray) that I think will really get the flavor party started this season; and – of course – we’ll also have a fantastic necklace fit for the ZYDO Woman’s holiday attire.

Italian Meatballs with Bruschetta

Dear Mrs. Ray,

You had me at Italian meatballs. Now you’d like to add one of my all-time favorite antipastos, bruschetta, to the mix? Yes, please! My taste buds are dancing just from the thought of the zesty, refreshing classic complementing a spicy, mouthwatering meatball. Plus, the recipe should only take about 30 minutes.

For ingredients and directions to make this Italian crowd-pleaser, check out Rachael’s Italian meatball and bruschetta recipe.

Italian Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

Just like the luxurious feel of a handmade Italian necklace, this dish is the definition of comfort, however, we do not encourage anyone to try it on. Gnocchi, which is one of my favorite meals for colder days, has a special place in my heart. I usually see it covered in a decadent cream sauce, but this flavorful pomodoro sauce will taste great AND help your clothes fit better through New Year’s!

Want to give it a try? Get the recipe here. (Then share your pics with @ZYDOitaly.)

Figs with Ricotta and Honey

It wouldn’t be the holidays without dessert. I believe every Italian will agree. When it comes to quick and easy treats, dates are a frontrunner. With very little prep time and no cook time, Rachael Ray’s take on this sweet treat should make for a wonderful dessert – or appetizer – at your next event. Get ready for subtle notes of ricotta and honey to bring out incredible flavors in the figs!

Be sure to give Rachael’s 30-minute figs with ricotta and honey recipe a try.

Don’t forget the secret ingredient – a breathtaking Italian necklace

Why not treat yourself to a special taste of luxury this year with a special piece of fine jewelry, such as our captivating long necklace with black and white diamonds. Handcrafted in the heart of Italy by ZYDO Italian Jewelry, this outstanding and unique 18kt white gold necklace showcases over 100cts of elegant black diamonds in a number of different shapes as well as 11.23cts of sparkling round white diamonds. It will look amazing with any outfit, but pairs best with friends!

Want to see other gorgeous pieces that have been handmade in Italy? Check out our online shop to discover more of ZYDO’s unique Italian jewelry.

P.S. Share your photos of your homemade Italian dishes with us this week on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a limited ZYDO Italy jewelry case for your holiday travels.

Be sure to tag your photos with @ZYDOitaly and #ZYDObyHAND to enter.

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