Feast of Seven Fishes
Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, the iconic Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, continues its 25th anniversary celebration by inviting guests to set a new holiday tradition with an impeccable interpretation of The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also known as Festa dei Sette Pesci or La Vigilia, says Skip Quillen, founder and owner of the award-winning Culinary Concepts restaurant group that owns and operates Pazzo, Chops City Grill, Yabba Island Grill and The Saloon.
In Southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner typically takes place on Christmas Eve, consisting of seven different seafood dishes. This tradition celebrates the wait or Vigilia di Natale for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. Introduced in the United States by Southern Italian immigrants in New York City’s Little Italy in the late 1800s, Christmas Eve is considered a vigil or fasting day and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until Christmas Day.
“We believe we have created a dining experience that recognizes a long-standing tradition important to the community, but in a way that’s also uniquely tailored towards our signature Italian dining concept and… a little bit pazzo!,” explains Quillen, adding that pazzo means “crazy” in Italian. “Our Feast of the Seven Fishes menu is creative-yet-classic and completely house made with signature fresh sauces, daily homemade pasta, and homemade ricotta cheese,” he adds.
Pazzo’s feast features seven fish courses plus Tiramisu, the classic coffee-flavored Italian dessert. The dinner will be available December 20 through December 24 only, priced at $145 per person with an optional $95 wine pairings selected by Pazzo! bar manager Peggy Feldon.