It’s a question we get asked a lot: Why do Italians eat seafood on Christmas Eve?
It’s actually a very ancient tradition that dates back to the Renaissance and beyond.
In cookery books published during that period, there are countless recipes for “meatless” or “Lenten” meals. That’s because the ancient Catholic calendar called for Christians to abstain from consuming any type of meat or eggs on numerous days of the years devoted to the saints of the Catholic Church. The idea was that you deprived yourself of the pleasure of eating fatty foods on days devoted to spiritual reflection.
Today, that practice is still carried on by Italians who don’t eat meat during the period of Lent. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also holidays when they don’t eat meat. Many also avoid meat on Fridays.
In Italy, a country surrounded by the sea, those “fast days” could be downright delicious. And we are carrying on that tradition, as we do every year, with the classic Dinner of the 7 Fishes.
See the menu below. There are still about 10 spots available for this Friday night, Christmas Eve. We regret that we are not doing take-out and we can’t do substitutions for those who want to eat meat. But we promise it’s going to be a great event and a great way to celebrate the holiday! Please see the menu below.
We hope you can join us. In the meantime, we’d like to thank you for your generous support this year. We wouldn’t be here without you. Merry Christmas! Buon natale!
We hope you will join us on Christmas Eve for our “Dinner of the Seven Fishes”!
Dinner of the Seven Fishes
a traditional Italian Christmas Eve Feast
Friday, December 24
Please call (713) 664-7581 to reserve.
Tagliatelle di Salmone
Tartare di Granchio
Jumbo lump crabmeat topped with fresh avocado
Carpaccio di Polpo
Thinly sliced octopus topped with extra-virgin olive oil
Paccheri con Gamberi
Ring pasta with baby shrimp in a saffron sauce
Fettuccine al Nero di Seppia con Aragosta
Squid ink-infused fettuccine with lobster and a light tomato sauce
Rana Pescatrice con ‘Nduja
Monkfish filet with spicy Calabrian sausage
Branzino Cileno con Peperonata alla Menta
Chilean sea bass served over bell peppers and mint
Panettone con Gelato
Traditional Christmas dessert served with gelato Limoncello with Pomegranate
$69.50 per person
plus tax & gratuity
Wine pairings available.