Whether they make seven meals to reflect the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, or a dozen dishes, representing the 12 apostles, Italian-American families are dishing up a lot on fish on Christmas Eve, according to a report by lohud.com
In Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is more of a grand meal than a "feast." If you're going strictly by the (cook)book, Christmas Eve is a vigil, or fasting day, when celebrants abstain from eating meat or milk products -- hence, the abundance of seafood dishes.
For folks in Southern Italy, it is known as La Vigilia (The Vigil) and commemorates the Virgin Mary's wait for the midnight birth of Jesus.
All that salted cod, baby clams, branzino (European seabass), calamari and shrimp has to come from somewhere -- which means fish markets such as Mount Kisco Seafood can barely keep up with demand this time of year, lohud.com reported.
But if you’re not inclined to spend the holidays sipping wine and slaving over a hot steamer, there are plenty of Westchester restaurants that will be happy to provide a Seven Fishes feast, the lohud.com story said.
Among them are, lohud.com reported: Bread & Brine, a brand-new raw bar and seafood eatery in Hastings-on-Hudson; Cooked and Co. in Eastchester, Mima Vinoteca in Irvington, Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, known for its hearty fish stew; Tre Dici North in Purchase, and Underhills Crossing in Bronxville.