Christmas Eve 2012

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A client recently said to me “I thought the feast of 7 fish was an Italian-American tradition not an Italian one, is it true?”As I sat down to my first Christmas Eve dinner in Italy, I thought of this question and am happy to say that this tradition continues in many Italian homes. I was lucky to share it with a family who I love very much. Here’s a tribute to them – thank you for making my first Italian Christmas so delicious and memorable.

capitone

Grilled capitone (eel).

mixed seafood

Sauté of clams, mussels and shrimp.

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Pasta with clam sauce.

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Sea bream.

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Insalata di rinforzo (cauliflower, olives, peppers, capers and anchovy salad tossed in olive oil and vinegar).

fishfry

Fried calamari. 

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Struffoli.

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Traditional cookies (mostaccioli, rococo and biscotti alla mandorle).

 

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