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An Italian Christmas: Where to Enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes

An Italian Christmas: Where to Enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes

Dec 7, 2018

In southern regions of Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is the customary meal on Christmas Eve that has (luckily) spread to the states. Also known as The Vigil, the origin of this tradition has long been debated amongst Italians. Some families will say that the feast must have 7 different courses with 7 different fish, others will incorporate as many fish into one pasta as possible, while some will insist on 12 courses for the 12 apostles. The one thing that can be agreed upon is that the dinner is delicious and we are thrilled that several of our restaurants are adopting the tradition and making it their own this holiday season.

Fried calamari from Osteria Via Stato

If cooking sounds like a bit of an undertaking, RPM Italian (Chicago and D.C.), Osteria Via Stato, il Porcellino, Saranello’s and Ramen-san (River North) are all offering Feast of the Seven Fishes. Take a look at these classic and modern seafood dishes our chefs are cooking up for this festive feast.

Buon Natale!

RPM Italian’s (Chicago & D.C.) festive menu includes an array of antipasti and traditional fare—think Alaskan King Crab Risotto, Whole Roasted Lobster and Santa Barbara Uni Spaghetti with white truffle—with optional wine pairings for the meal. To make your reservation at RPM Italian Chicago, click here.  To join us at RPM Italian D.C., click here. 


RPM Italian Gold Crab Feast of Seven Fishes

At Osteria Via Stato, Chef/Partner David DiGregorio is cooking up dishes inspired by his family’s traditions. You could be diving into this meal if you make a reservation to experience a true Italian Christmas Eve. One of our favorite dishes this year at Osteria the Seafood Linguine with Calamari, Scallops, Shrimp, Spicy Tomato Sauce. To check out the full menu for the Feast of Seven Fishes at Osteria Via Stato, click here. To make your reservation call 312-642-8450.

SEafood linguine from Osteria

Cozy up at Il Porcellino this Christmas Eve with holiday dinner specials inspired by the Feast of the Seven Fishes like Alaskan King Crab Ravioli, Lobster Fra Diavolo and more. To make a reservation for Christmas Eve, click here.

Feast of Seven Fishes at il Porcellino

Saranello’s in Wheeling, IL will be adding on Feast of Seven Fishes inspired dishes for guests to enjoy on Christmas Eve. To make a reservation this Christmas Eve at Saranello’s, click here. 

Branzino at Saranello's

As a prelude to Christmas Eve, Ramen-san in River North is celebrating with an omakase on December 18, Feast of the Seven Fishes style. Guests can expect seven-courses with a few surprises along the way.  To reserve the omakse at Ramen-san River North, click here.

Raw Fish ramen-san

Looking for more ways to celebrate?  No matter where you are holiday-ing, we have happenings around the country.

Here are a list of our Christmas Eve specials in Chicago.

Check out all of our Christmas Eve happenings in D.C.

Joining us for Christmas Eve in Las Vegas, click here.

Here is our list of Christmas Eve happenings in Los Angeles.

Check out our Christmas Eve specials in the Twin Cities here. 


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