The Feast of the Seven Fishes -- or “The Vigil" -- is a Southern Italian tradition in which a meal consisting of seven different types of seafood is served on Christmas eve. While the dishes of the feast may vary from one spot to another, you will find an array of seafood and fish everywhere. We've rounded up six spots serving the Feast of the Seven Fishes so you can enjoy this celebration, in true Italian form.
Truly a feast, Executive Chef Ben Pflaumer presents seven varieties of fish in four family-style courses, starting with a bay scallop and serrano chile crudo, octopus with brown butter and roasted garlic and followed by two delicious pastas specifically prepared for the feast. Gorge on lobster ravioli with trumpet mushrooms and a squid ink pasta, and round it off with swordfish and pan roasted shrimp. End on a sweet note with chocolate tart, topped with candied chestnuts and a ginger molasses mousse.
301 Water St SE, Friday Dec. 22 to Sunday Dec. 24, $65 per person
Offered on December 20 and 21 only, Chef Adam Harvey and the team at Little Coco’s presents a sumptuous multi-course feast featuring dishes such as Baccala Fritters, Marinated Octopus Bruschetta, Shellfish Brodetto Pasta, Pan Roasted Branzino, and for something sweet, a Pavê de Nutella.
3907 14th St NW, Wednesday Dec. 20 and Thursday Dec. 21, $50 per person
Hank’s Pasta Bar, Alexandria
Chef Jamie Leeds is making a country-style version of the feast similar to bouillabaisse -- a fragrant bowl of white wine, herbs, and thick tomato sauce -- with seven different types of seafood in one plate. Indulge in generous amounts of succulent crab, catfish, squid, shrimp, mussels, clams and octopus. Rounding out this specialty meal is a healthy dose of housemade linguine, prepared daily.
600 Montgomery St, Alexandria, VA, available throughout December $34 per person
Held at the Michelin-starred D.C. restaurant Masseria, chef Nicholas Stefanelli will open doors to guests for this annual one-night-only Italian holiday feast, with innovative takes on the classic culinary traditions of his Puglian heritage. The set menu features dishes like Linguine al Farouk, Poached Cod, Fritto Misto, andDelizia al Limone.
1340 4th St NE, Sunday Dec 24, $115 per person
Urbana will offer a four-course Christmas dinner of decadent seafood dishes including poached Maine lobster, sea urchin butter, baccala tortellini, black sea bass and a chocolate chestnut cake for dessert. Accompanying wine pairings will also be available.
2121 P St NW, Thursday Dec. 21 to Monday Dec. 25, $65 per person, $30 additional wine pairings
G by Mike Isabella
Mike Isabella’s five-course menu includes an oyster duo, Hamachi tartare, snow crab arrabiata and pan-roasted branzino. Dessert consists of a choice of glazed pound cake or a chocolate parfait.
2201 14th St NW, Sunday Dec. 17 to Sunday Dec. 24, $65 per person with additional wine pairings available