Ask an Italian about the Feast of the Seven Fishes and you’re likely to get a lot of blank stares. But ask them what they eat on Christmas eve and the answer will be a resounding, “Seafood!” This meatless meal varies from family to family and village to village, but as per tradition, there is always a lot of fish.
In the current issue of Edible Manhattan Amy Zavatto takes a hard look at the history one of our favorite meals, the Italian seafood smorgasbord known as The Feast of the Seven Fishes, traditionally served on Christmas Eve. As part of her piece she spoke with Lou DiPalo, whose family-run Italian market has held court on the corner of Grand and Mott streets in Little Italy since 1925. You can get a glimpse of his shop on our most recent NY1 Let’s Eat segment, which airs Fridays and Sundays and is also captured right here online.
For New York’s Italians, Christmas Eve means seafood.