Christmas Spaghetti with Walnuts
Weeks before Christmas, harbingers of the feast begin to appear in Neapolitan food shops with the arrival of the annual harvest of walnuts from the Sorrento peninsulaincomparably fresh, plump, flavorful nuts that are renowned throughout Italy. Despite its rich flavors, u spaghett' antalina, a meatless pasta for Christmas Eve, is poor-folk food, a dish for those too poor to have more than a few anchovies in the festive sauce. The importance of using extremely fresh nuts in this dish cannot be overstressed.
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