Known as La Vigilia (the vigil) in southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a classic Italian way of celebrating Christmas Eve, first introduced in the northeast at the late 1800s by Italian immigrants.
The roots of the meal come, ironically, from fasting. Catholic tradition dictates meatless fasts before the major holidays – but the American way, the Christmas Eve fish dinner has become a celebration in its own right.
While some Boston Italian restaurants will serve a more usual version of the by Christmas feast, often featuring seafood like salt cod, squid, and fish soup, other local hot spots have entered the scene. ‘action, offering variations of traditional Italian. meal.
Below are a handful of Boston restaurants that are having a Seven Fish Feast this year.
The North End Restaurant doesn’t limit its Seven Fish Party to Christmas Eve – until December 24 it has a December special menu featuring seven seafood dishes, like fried smelts with caper aioli and with lemon, flatbread with shrimps and scampi, and linguine with clams. Customers can feast on the seven courses or simply choose their favorites from the Ã la carte menu.
The Italian coastal location is once again serving its annual Seven Fishes Festival, this time on December 23. For $ 120 per person, plus optional $ 55 food and wine pairings, the South End Restaurant will offer seafood dishes like lobster ravioli and bay scallop crudo with tangerine and Asian pear. Reservations are available in line.
Available on-site and take-out, North End Restaurant’s Feast of the Seven Fishes features dishes like oven-stuffed clams, crab meatballs, and a creamy vegetable soup with a scallop gratin. the a la carte menu, designed for two-person sharing, allows guests to choose from their favorites or enjoy the full experience, with dessert and extra wine.
On Christmas Eve, Coppa in the South End hosts a traditional Seven Fish Party, with seafood class after class. The feast starts at 5:00 p.m. and costs $ 95 per person with wine pairings for $ 45 additional – reservations can be made by email [emailÂ protected].
Union Square Bistro is serving its Seven Fishes Festival after Christmas this year, December 27-31. They add a French touch to Italian cuisine, promising “lots of bubbles” and “definitely more than seven fish”. They invite guests to book reservations As soon as possible, as tickets for the annual party usually sell out.
The Seaport spot serves its Seven Fish Festival Menu this year on Christmas Eve. Customers can expect soup with salt cod, fennel, and cinnamon, and seared halibut with creamy polenta and leeks, plus a panettone for dessert. Tuscan-brand restaurants will serve the La Vigilia feast, including their locations in Burlington, Salem and Newburyport.
Located in Downtown Crossing, Haley Henry Wine Bar specializes in natural wine and canned fish. For their Seven Fish Festival, however, they highlight choice seafood dishes like a plain roll, shrimp toast, and flambÃ© mackerel. Customers can find this prefix menu at Haley Henry’s from December 21 to 23 at 6:30 p.m., for $ 90 per person.
At Earnest Drinks near Kendall Square, Chef Amanda Lowry will cook a Seven Fish Feast with five courses and five drink pairings for $ 120 per person. Lowry is opening her new restaurant, The Ford, in 2022, but until then, customers can find her through the Earnest Drinks pop-up. Guests can purchase tickets here for the 6 p.m. fish feast on December 22.
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