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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has many restaurants offering special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” meals and events during the holiday season. This traditional Italian-Amercian meal is typically enjoyed on Christmas Eve, with a bounty of seafood delights served over multiple courses. In Philly, restaurants are presenting the feast in both traditional and modern ways, from open buffets to innovative fixed-price menus. Listed below are just some of the offerings for this 2010 holiday season in the city. Be sure to make reservations soon as this tradition is becoming increasingly popular to enjoy out on the town, instead of at home.
412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
(215) 732-2647 / http://www.amisphilly.com/
The delightful Roman trattoria-style Amis will be presenting a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Thursday, December 23. For $60 per person, head chef Brad Spence is serving a special menu of the dishes he prepares for his own family on Christmas Eve. This dinner is sure to be a knock-out meal mixing traditional fare with the modern, creative approach for which Amis is known.
312 South High Street, West Chester PA 19382
(610) 436-4100 / http://www.avalonrestaurant.net/
For those willing to travel outside of Philadelphia proper to the suburbs, Avalon Restaurant in West Chester is offering a 5-course Feast of the 7 Fishes dinner for $45 ($15 for children under 12). The Feast will begin with Antipasti served family style, including Fried Smelts, White Anchovies, Tuna and Fried Calamari. Then, Linguine with Shrimp, Mussels and Crab in Red Sauce will follow. For Secondi, a Fluke Piccata will be served in a Lemon, Caper and White White Sauce with Risotto-Style Toasted Orzo. Finish with an “Insalata Digestivo” and fresh fruit and cheese. This very authentic Italian Feast is sure to delight all – although “child-friendly” options will be offered for the young ones not up to all of that seafood.
619 Collings Avenue, Collingswood NJ 08107
(856) 854-3444 / http://www.blackbirdnj.com/
For those willing to travel across the bridge to New Jersey, popular BYOB Blackbird is creating their own unique twist on the 7 Fishes on Christmas Eve. Chef Alex Capasso is offering a 5 course dinner for $55, beginning with Shrimp Bisque, Scallop Crudo, and Poached Gulf Shrimp. Crispy Fried Smelts follow along with Panko Crusted Oysters. For a pasta course, enjoy house made linguine with calamari, crab, tomatoes and peas. The final course is the diner’s choice of Pan Roasted Salmon or Seared Tilapia. Mixing Italian, French and Asian themes and ingredients, Blackbird’s meal is sure to be unique and delightful.
200 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
(215) 922-1813 / http://www.bridgetfoys.com/
This fun restaurant and bar on the always-jumping South Street is doing a three-course Seven Fishes menu for $37 on Christmas Eve. Start with Lobster Bisque and Sherry Whipped Cream. Then, enjoy Cornmeal Crusted Calamari with Rock Shrimp, Shaved Romaine, Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette and Sesame Sriracha Sauce. Finish your meal with Seafood Cioppino including Mussels, Shrimp, Tilapia and Crab. This non-traditional menu is sure to please those who want to do the Feast of the Seven Fishes with an international flair.
267 South 19th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
(215) 545-0441 / http://www.c19philly.com/
The Venetian-themed Cichetteria 19 on Rittenhouse Square is serving a special dinner called “Christmas Eve in Venice,” appropriately enough, on December 24 with seatings at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00pm. The price is $45 per person with an offering of a wine pairing for an additional $5 per course. Family style starters for the table begin with a trio of Venetian Cichetti: Baccala, White Tuna, and Shrimp in Salsa Rosa – one of Cichetteria 19′s best dishes. This is followed by a Crudo Sampler of Blue Fin Tuna, Hiramasa, and Scottish Organic Salmon. For a second course, diners can choose from five options such as Tagliolini with Little Neck Clams, Mussels, Sepia and Wilted Radicchio, or Black Cod with Baby Sepia and a White Bean Puree. Vegetarian, Chicken and Steak offerings are also available for second courses for those not strictly following a “Seven Fishes” regime. For dessert, choose from Tiramisu or a Trio de Cioquatini.
1708 Lombard Street, Philadelphia PA 19146
(215) 545-9600 / http://www.fishphilly.com/
With a name like “fish,” you know this restaurant would have to do something special to celebrate the season. Chef/owner Mike Stollenwerk is offering a Seven Fishes menu throughout the week of December 20 – 24. For $60, enjoy seven courses with optional wine pairings for an extra $20. The menu will consist of a Baby Romaine Salad with White Anchovy Vinaigrette, Clams and Capellini, Tuna Caponata, Shrimp Piperade, Octopus with Chick Peas and Artichokes, Cod Brandade in a Bardonlino Reduction, and a Chocolate-orange Pannettone for dessert.
37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
(215) 564-2925 / http://www.matyson.com/
Matyson is one of Philadelphia’s top BYOBs, and their most popular feature is their weeknight 5-course $45 tasting menu. For December 20 – 23, the menu will be “Feast of the Seven Fishes Pacific-Rim Style.” This Asian-inspired delight will feature Seared Scallop and Tuna Sashimi, Crab & Ginger Dumpling Soup, Sauteed Red Snapper with Coconut-Mussel Jus, and Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Sea Urchin. The meal will conclude with Green Tea Ice Cream and Ginger Cookies.
1216 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19107
(215) 985-2962 / http://www.mercatobyob.com/
Mercato is offering a 4-course Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve for $50 per adult ($20 for children). There are no set seating times at this popular Italian restaurant in Washington Square West, and reservations are being accepted all evening long. Although their Seven Fishes menu is not available yet, some of their typical seafood offerings include Spaghetti and Grilled Octopus with roasted tomatoes, Lobster and Shrimp “Pyramid Pasta” and Pan Seared Diver Scallops with wild mushroom and English pea risotto. Mercato is cash only and BYOB, so be sure to arrive well-prepared.
1627 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19148
(215) 271-2066 / http://www.paradisophilly.com/
Located in the heart of South Philadelphia, this elegant Italian restaurant provides the perfect setting to savor a traditional “Vigilia di Natale.” For $65 per person, enjoy choices from a large menu that allows you to design your own “Feast.” Antipasti for the table includes Seafood Crostini and a Fritto Misto of Smelts, Calamari, Cod Cakes and Oysters. Choose from five primi options such as Seafood Risotto, Linguine with Clams, or Penne with Lump Crab Meat. Continue with a choice of five secondi such as Crispy Flounder, Baccala, or Stuffed Calamari. The meal is rounded out with Contorno and Dolce for the table, making it a true celebratory feast.
212 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
(215) 238-0499 / http://www.positanocoast.net/
Positano Coast is hosting a large Feast of the 7 Fishes party, although they are offering it on December 21 instead of the traditional Christmas Eve. For $75, enjoy an extensive seafood buffet including Seafood Salad, traditional Baccala Salad, Raw Bar, Fried Calamari and Smelts, Mussels and even a Baccala Pizzaiola. Many choices will be available for non-seafood lovers as well, including Vegetable Focaccia, Grilled Mixed Vegetables, Eggplant Caponata, Beef Short Ribs and much more. The party will be hosted by radio personality Dom Giordano from The Big Talker 1210, and Cardinal Justin Rigali. This live radio broadcast and feast will take place from 6:00-10:00pm, and reservations are sure to go quickly.
Trax Cafe & Restaurant
27 West Butler Pike, Ambler PA 19002
(215) 591-9777 / http://www.traxcafe.com/
This charming American BYOB, located in the old Ambler Train Station, is offering a 4-course Seven Fishes dinner for $45, for the week of December 21 – December 24. Enjoy Crab & Shrimp Mornay, Bouillabaisse with Anchovy Crostini, Flounder Stuffed with Smoked Salmon Mousse and a choice of Chocolate Mousse or Poached Pear for dessert.
* “Feast of the Seven Fishes (Amis)”, Facebook public event.
* Avalon – Official Website.
* Blackbird – Official website.
* Bridget Foy’s – Official Website.
* Cichetteria 19 – Official Website.
* Matyson – Official Website.
* Mercato – Official Website.
* Paradiso – Official Website.
* Positano Coast – Official Website.
* Trax Cafe & Restaurant – Official Website.
* “Seven Fishes, Restaurant Style”, The Omnivore, December 8, 2010.
* “Seven Fishes, Restaurant Style, Parte Due”, The Omnivore, December 14, 2010.
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