The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or La Vigilia, is an Italian American celebration of family, tradition and the sea. Even if you're not Italian, and you're just looking for some delicious seafood this Christmas, you can celebrate this tradition with a dinner that includes seven different types of seafood. Here is a Feast of the Seven Fishes with traditional choices.
The first Italian immigrants in New York more likely than not purchased their fish from the Fulton Fish Market, and we continue the tradition with this feast in a bundle.
- 3lb Wild Salt Cod Fillet: Salt cod, also known as baccala, is cod that has been preserved with a process of salting and drying. The result is a fish with a firmer texture than fresh cod and a mild, sweet flavor with large flakes.
- 1lb Wild Whole Smelt, Head Off, Previously Frozen: Smelts are small, mild, sweet-flavored fish with a high oil content and delicate texture.
- 2lbs Wild Squid Tubes & Tentacles: Squid, or calamari, has tender flesh and mild flavor and easily picks up the flavor of what it’s being cooked in, which makes it well suited for marinades.
- 2ct, 8-10oz Cooked Wild Spanish Octopus Tentacles, Previously Frozen: Octopus has a mild sweet flavor, a slightly purplish hue, and a firm meaty texture.
- 1-1.2lb Butterflied Branzino: Branzino is a mild white fish with a sweet, delicate flavor and buttery texture that is highly regarded by chefs for its flaky meat and versatility.
- 2 Dozen Littleneck Clams: Littleneck clams, the smallest variety of hard shelled clam, have tender flesh and a subtly sweet flavor that are great for raw bar novices.
- 2lbs Fresh Wild Colossal Gulf Shrimp: Our fresh white gulf shrimp are sweet and delicious with a firm texture. They tend to have a more milder flavor and a less salty taste than other shrimp.
*In the event we do not have a specific product, we will substitute it with a comparable product of equal or greater value to make your holiday a success.
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