The Feast of the Seven Fishes
Serving a multi-course seafood dinner on Christmas Eve (La Vigilia) is a wonderful holiday mealtime tradition that originated in Southern Italy.
Known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian Christmas Eve is a celebration of the vigil awaiting the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.
The dishes served vary from family to family and even if you’re not of Italian heritage it’s a festive and delicious way to entertain for Christmas Eve.
The recipes we’ve adopted into our non-Italian family include mussels, clams, shrimp, squid, scallops, cod and snail salad (scungilli).