The holidays are the time of year when everyone is a little cheerier, closer to family and filled to the brim with delicious food. Celebrity chef and chef/partner at Prova Pizzabar Donatella Arpaia, is just as excited as the rest of us to celebrate the holidays. Her favorite parts? Family, friends, and of course, the food.
“I love gathering together as a family, and life slowing down just for the day, where we come together to savor food and our many blessings,” she said. “Being in a place of gratitude with family and friends is what it is all about.”
Like every chef, Arpaia has many comfort dishes, but her Thanksgiving go-to is her mom’s sausage and risotto stuffing that is without fail, a hit year after year.
“It’s our ‘Italian version’ of stuffing. I have been eating it since childhood and can’t have it any other way,” said Arpaia.
Although she is not really a sweets person, during a time of year where baking shines, Arpaia chooses to leave the confectionery concoctions to other family members. Instead, she opts for making pumpkin soups and homemade pasta with autumn vegetables like acorn and butternut squash.
In her family, Christmas belongs to Arpaia and Thanksgiving belongs to her sister. The chef is looking forward to spending the day at her sister’s home with all of her siblings, nieces and nephews and extended family, before she begins preparations for the next big holiday.