While the kids are foraging for plastic, candy-filled eggs on Easter, adults can enjoy the real deal. All over town, the elliptical edibles are breaking out of their shells to star in atypical dishes such as pizzas and burgers. “Eggs are versatile, and you can use them a million different ways,” says PS 7′s chef and owner, Peter Smith. “They are a perfect food.” So, forget run-of-the-mill frittatas from the brunch buffet on Easter. These creative dishes will have you clucking your approval.
Head over to this Italian eatery to score a hard-boiled egg without having to take out a kid or two. It’s customary in the old country to serve a sweet, brioche-like round bread at dinner known as pane di pasquai (Easter bread). This symbolic circle of dough has a hard-boiled egg baked into its center and a cross of dough laid over the egg to represent life and faith. “We want to help keep traditions alive,” says chef Terry Natas. “It’s all about teaching the next generation about what Italians have been eating for hundreds of years.” Speckled with colorful sprinkles, Natas’ loaf is complimentary for anyone dining at Carmine’s on Easter Sunday — but it’s available only that day, so reservations are recommended.
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