The Feast which initially was a partial fast on Christmas eve (La Vigilia) during which no meat should be served has expanded into the Feast of the Seven Fishes or more. As Mario Batali chef and expert on Italian cuisine explains, “But in true Italian style, this proscription has morphed into something very unfastlike indeed: course after course of luxurious seafood dishes, often as many as 7, 10, or even 13.” “No one’s quite sure of the significance of the number,” says Batali. “Some families do seven for the sacraments. Some do ten for the stations of the cross. And some even do 13 for the 12 apostles plus Jesus.”
Over recent years, our local Italian restaurants have embraced the tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, all offering the meal in different courses, different dishes and different pricing. Find the 5 local Italian Restaurants and their menus listed below. Each restaurant has their own hours, menus and pricing. The feast is Christmas eve at all locations with an added day on Tuesday, December 23rd at AIDA Bistro.
AIDA Bistro – 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive – Columbia MD 21046 (410) 953-0500 www.aidabistro.com
Tuesday, December 23 and Wednesday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on both evenings
In keeping with an Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition, AIDA Bistro has designed an extraordinary Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Menu that includes shellfish, pasta dishes and fresh fish. To accommodate those who are not lovers of fish, the chef has prepared a limited ala carte menu.
For people who grew up with this tradition, it is a unique opportunity to share once again in this rare celebration. Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu: $40 per person and a limited ala carte menu. Check out the menu. Reservation may be made by contacting Joe at AIDA Bistro: 410-953-0500
Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano – 306 South High Street – Baltimore MD 21202 (410) 625-3700 www.aldositaly.com
Aldo’s will once again be celebrating our Annual Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, as featured on television’s Food Network on Wednesday, December 24th
On the Eve of Christmas, Italians traditionally fast by refraining from eating red meat; instead, fanciful seafood specialties claim a place of honor at the table. Chef Aldo’s famous Four-Course Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu, featuring outstanding fresh seafood, is available at $69 per person (excluding beverages, gratuity and tax).
Rest assured, meat-lovers, our full standard menu will be available, too! Click Here to view a copy of last year’s Feast of the Seven Fishes Men. Make your reservation now!
DaMimmo Restaurant – 217 South High Street – Baltimore MD 21202 (410) 727 6876 www.damimmo.com
Da Mimmo writes that in Italy, the big Christmas meal is eaten on Christmas Eve. For religious reasons, this traditional dinner is meatless (not even meat broth is allowed) but substantial. It is the most important family holiday. There is a saying in Italy that you may spend Easter with whomever you please, but Christmas must be spent with the family. Over the years, it has become an Italian/American tradition to have the lucky number 7 incorporated into this meal. Therefore, in keeping with tradition Da Mimmo will offer 7 different fishes on Christmas Eve for family and friends to enjoy.
Da Mimmo will also have the regular menu and daily specialties available from 11:30 am until 10:00 pm. Christmas Eve Dinner Feast of the Seven Fishes
Check out the DaMimmo’s Feast of Seven Fishes MENU – Dinner is $72 exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. For reservations phone (410) 727-6876
Donna’s -5100 Falls Road – Baltimore MD (410) 532 7611 www.donnas.com
Italian Christmas Eve – Feast of the Seven Fishes – Wednesday, December 24, 2014 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm – $55 per person. Donna’s Feast of the Seven Fishes MENU Reservations (410) 532-7611
Grano Emporio – 3547 Chestnut Avenue – Baltimore, MD 21211 (443) 438 7521 www.granoemporio.com
La Vigilia and Feast of the Seven Fishes. Wednesday, December 24th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This menu is especially designed for those who want to experience the story of Italian culinary culture during the holidays. One can experience the entire feast with the wine pairing or each dish a la carte sans vino. The menu is listed on their Facebook page but we will post it here. We recommend calling to get the full details.
CAPESANTE CRUDO 20
Cape May Ocean Scallops with Caviar and Orange Sorbetto
TAGLIOLINI NERI 20
Artisanal Squid Ink Pasta with Baccala Ragu
wine: Ceretto Dolcetto D`Alba
INSALATA DI SCUNGILLI 12
Salad of Conch & Winter Vegetables
RAVIOLO DI GRANCHIO 26
Crab Ravioli with shaved Sardinian Bottarga
wine: Giovanna Madonia Tenentino
Crispy Cod & Sicilian Caponata
wine: Castellucci Miano Perricone
TORTA CAPRESE 8
Flourless Chocolate Almond flour cake & Eggnog Gelato
Grano Emporio will also feature their regular winter menu