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Festa del Papà: Celebrating Father’s Day the Italian Way

Father’s Day, a day dedicated to honouring the incredible dads who shape our lives, is celebrated with great enthusiasm worldwide. In Sri Lanka, this special day is observed on the third Sunday of June, and it presents a perfect opportunity to express gratitude and love for our fathers. Every year, there’s the dilemma of finding the perfect father’s day gifts. What could be a better way to express your gratitude than enjoying a delectable Italian meal together? This year, treat your dad to a memorable experience by celebrating at AQUA Forte, an authentic Italian fine dining restaurant located in the south of Sri Lanka, Galle.

A Celebration at AQUA Forte

To make this Father’s Day truly special, consider dining at a renowned Italian fine dining restaurant that promises a memorable Father’s Day with a special dinner. From classic pasta to delectable seafood and meat dishes, the Italian menu offers something for every palate. AQUA Forte offers a blend of authentic Italian flavours and a charming ambiance that is perfect to share stories and memories with your father.

Recommended Meals From AQUA Forte and Our Other Restaurants to Treat Your Father

In AQUA Forte – Galle

At AQUA Pizza, a well-known restaurant renowned for its authentic Neapolitan pizzas, you’ll find various locations across Sri Lanka. These include the picturesque Galle Fort, the charming and vibrant suburb of Pelawatte in Colombo, the scenic coastal town of Arugam Bay, and the tranquil beauty of Batigama, Dikwella. Each location offers classic and gourmet Neapolitan pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven using traditional recipes and fresh, premium-quality ingredients.

AQUA Forno is a bakery and street food restaurant based in the heart of Galle Fort. Serving all-day breakfast and authentic Italian street food, prepared using traditional recipes and fresh ingredients.

You could start with a delicious savoury crêpe:

Visit AQUA Forno website to browse through their menu.

A Glimpse into Father’s Day in Italy: St. Joseph’s Day

While Sri Lanka celebrates Father’s Day in June, most European countries like Italy honour fathers on March 19th, known as St. Joseph’s Day. This day honours Saint Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the ‘foster father’ of Jesus Christ. Known for his noble spirit and profession as a carpenter, Saint Joseph is regarded as a symbol of fatherhood and is the patron saint of fathers and workers.

In Italian culture, St. Joseph’s Day is a significant religious and family holiday, and much like Father’s Day in Sri Lanka, St. Joseph’s Day involves enjoying a festive meal with family. Traditional dishes include Bignè di San Giuseppe – fried cream puffs filled with custard and rolled in powdered sugar that can be found around Italy year-round, but most prominently around Father’s Day. Many towns and cities hold parades and religious processions in honour of St. Joseph. They set up tables with food and special gifts, placing a statue of St. Joseph at the head of the table, surrounded by all the offerings. Additionally, in keeping with St. Joseph’s legacy of care and compassion, many people engage in acts of charity, helping the less fortunate.

Bridging Cultures Through Celebration

Celebrating Father’s Day at AQUA Forte in Sri Lanka is not just about enjoying a delicious meal; it’s about creating a bridge between cultures. By dining at this top Italian restaurant, you can bring a touch of Italian tradition to your celebration, honouring the spirit of St. Joseph’s Day while embracing your Sri Lankan heritage while in your homeland.

So this Father’s Day, make it a truly international affair. Show your dad how much he means to you with a dining experience at any one of our AQUA Restaurants, and perhaps share with him the rich traditions of St. Joseph’s Day in Italy. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the universal love and respect we hold for our fathers.

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