The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration, although it is not called that in Italy and is not a “feast” in the sense of “holiday,” but rather a grand meal.
While the tradition comes from Southern Italy, many from the region have never heard of the Feast of Seven Fishes. Italians call it by another name, La Vigilia (The Vigil), as it takes place on Christmas Eve, or the Vigilia di Natale. The practice of eating fish on Christmas Eve stems from a traditional Catholic custom of abstaining from meat on the eve of a feast day.
It is also unclear when the number seven was landed on. In the Italian tradition they don’t count how many fishes are used, or how many dishes they create. Even in America it is not unusual to see the spread feature up to 13 varieties of aquatic aliment.
While some sources suggest restaurants developed the tradition of seven fishes, it is fitting for the occasion, as the number 7 is an important to Catholicism, signifying totality of perfection and completeness. Seven is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible and it is seen in the number of the days of the week, the Sacraments, and many of the signs in the Book of Revelation: seven churches, seven bowls, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven thunders and seven spirits.
If you’d like to celebrate this early, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is making it easy for guests to celebrate the Feast of 7 Fishes, an Italian holiday celebration, by offering an indulgent five-course feast experience on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 p. Guests at Carrabba’s restaurants nationwide can enjoy paired wines with their five-course menu for $50 per person.
The five-course menu includes:
Hand-breaded to order and served with our marinara sauce
Paired with Riondo Prosecco
Rich chowder made with vegetables, potatoes and white fish
Paired with Cecchi Chianti Classico
Shrimp, sea scallops, mussels and spicy marinara sauce
Paired with Decoy Chardonnay by Duckhorn
SWORDFISH WITH LEMON BUTTER & BELL PEPPERS
Wild-caught swordfish, wood-grilled and topped with our lemon butter sauce and sautéed bell peppers served with lobster mac n’ cheese
Paired with Imagery Sauvignon Blanc
Crisp pastry shell stuffed with sweet ricotta and chocolate chip filling, topped with pistachios and powdered sugar
Paired with Rosatello Moscato
To make a reservation at your local Carrabba’s Italian Grill, visit http://reservations.thuzi.com/dinerewards/.