I always thought of this as just a Mexican holiday, but this Chowhound post on the Quebec board talked about Italian bone cookies made during the first week of November
Italian "Day of the Dead" cookies?
This article expands on that with the many Italian cookies for this holiday.
Ossa di Morto (Ossa da Mordere)
Piemontese Bones of the Dead, with hazelnuts and almonds left whole.
Uosse de Mort o Finocchietti
Basilicatan Bones of the Dead, richly laced with anise seed and fennel.
Ossa di Mortu
Sicilian Bones of the Dead, lavishly sweet and flavored with cloves.
Fave Livornesi o Ossa di Morto
Tuscan Bones of the Dead, laced with orange.
Fave dei Morti
Lombard Bones of the Dead, with lemon and cinnamon.
Ossa da Morto
Veronese Bones of the Dead, made with polenta.
Roman Bones, made with almond paste and lemon.
Not exactly bones, but still made for the Day of the Dead, in Sicily.
I even found a Chez Panisse recipe
Anyway, while searching for info about the Italian bone cookies I found this holiday has special food in many countries ... Wiki has somewhat of an overview
So even though I'm sort of a day late ... some countries extend the day to Nov 2nd or the entire first week of the month ... what other Day of the Dead food is served? I want to be ready for next year ... if I'm still on this side of the great divide.
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