Father’s Day is around the corner and we can’t think of a better time to share some inspiration along with our highly-recommended lunch venues and Father’s Day gifts. With a little help from Officine Italia, you can create a unique and memorable experience for the most important man in your life.
Father’s Day in Italy
Italian Father’s Day is always celebrated on March 19th. This is because Father’s Day in Italy coincides with the Festa di San Giuseppe (the Catholic feast day in honour of St. Joseph). The day is now also known as Festa del Papà and the religious origins are slowly becoming replaced by a general celebration of fatherhood. It is usually a low-key family affair that is more likely to be celebrated with a small token gift and a trip to mass.
WE LOVE These Father’s Day Gifts
‘For Him’ Gift Boxes
A beautifully packaged gift box with your choice of 1 of 3 award-winning Nonino Grappas and a Set-of-6 designer Nonino Flute Glasses.
Alessi’s Bulla Bottle Opener
A mysterious smooth-to-the-touch and organic shape for a practical object. The stylish “Bulla” bottle opener is designed by Valerio Sommella.
Alessi’s Anna G Corkscrew
A best seller since it was first produced in 1994, the Anna G. corkscrew is a tongue-in-cheek design which features a figure of a woman with a smiling face framed with short hair, long neck, slender arms.
Alessi Il Caffe / Tè Coffee and Tea Spoon Set
Ultra-modern stainless steel 8 Piece Set where each spoon is designed by a different world-renowned architect to add to Dad’s espresso collection.
Top 10 Italian Restaurants to celebrate Father’s Day in SA
(Our CEO, Cathy Bartlett’s favourites)
- Il Leone
- A Tavola
- Lupa Osteria Design Quarter
- Tortellino d’Oro
- Amuse-Bouche at Fairlawns
- L’antico Giardino
- Il Contadino
- Lupa Osteria Umhlanga Rocks
- La Casa Nostra Umdloti
Inspiration for your Father’s Day cards
Trying to think of a meaningful way to show appreciation to the person who has been the biggest and most enduring support in your life? When your own words don’t feel enough, these Father’s Day sayings depict the force and love of a father – a perfect message for the perfect Father.
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”
“It’s only when you grow up and step back from him — or leave him for your own home — it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.”
~ Margaret Truman
“I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.”
~ Hedy Lamarr
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.”
~ Jim Valvano
Il Bombardino ‘The Bomb’ Cocktail
(Father’s Day Finalè)
This cocktail is fitting for two reasons – Our fathers truly are ‘The Bomb’ and it’s the perfect winter Italian cocktail for dad to relax with after a fulfilling and special family Father’s Day Lunch.
- 1.5 ounces brandy
- 3 ounces egg liqueur (such as Bols Advocaat) or substitute with Cape Velvet Cream liqueur
- Whipped cream, to taste
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Warm the egg liqueur in a small saucepan. Pour the brandy in a glass mug.
- When the egg liqueur is hot (but not yet at boiling point), slowly add it to the brandy. Stir well to combine.
- Top the cocktail with a generous amount of whipped cream, and finish it with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Recipe Courtesy of Eataly
Blog by: Nadia Da Silva