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La Festa dei Sette Pesci: the Feast of Seven Fishes, a southern Italian tradition

L.A. restaurants celebrating the "Feast of the Seven Fishes" with special menus

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La Festa dei Sette Pesci is a tradition originating from Southern Italy that’s celebrated on Christmas Eve in observance of the birth of Baby Jesus through a feast of seven fishes. The fish-centered meal comes from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence. Fish counts have been known to go up to nine different varieties.

Chef Ian Gresik of Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles has this to say, “The feast of seven fishes means experiencing a long standing Italian tradition, like stepping into the past when holidays meant good food, and family.” To celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, restaurants in L.A. have created their own fish centered menus for one night only on Christmas Eve, December 24. Read More