Feast of the Seven Fishes

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Our non-traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes is a long-standing tradition!  We are now up to our 13th version!  Starting Sunday, December 17 and ending, of course, Sunday, December 24, this is our most popular special menu of the year!

The fest is an Italian American invention and it differs depending n the Italian American tradition you follow: 7, 9 up to 12 fish; eel is a must or not; bacala!; clams; fried smelts; whatever!  The reason for the feast is that the poor newly immigrated Italians were amazed to find fish and seafood so cheap.  At the time of the great waves of Italian immigration oysters, something probably so expensive that it was seldom if ever served back home, could be had for $.21 for all you can eat or $.06 a dozen in New York City.  The streets, food-wise at least, really were paved with gold!  Or fish as it were.  There is no relation of the Italian American feast to any real traditions in Italy.  Napoli may have its La Vigiliana but it bears no resemblance to any traditional feast over here.  But as in my personal family history, why let facts get in the way of a good story…. or a good feast!

Details

Our feast has hints of Boston, New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, but it is really just stuff we love to eat!  And nothing could be simpler with the feast.  The only choice you need make is on your main, whole fish or filet of the day, and dessert.  You get all the starters {two rounds!} and the pasta.  The feast is served family style so even two folks can enjoy both the whole fish AND the filet.  The feast is $49 thru December 23 and $59 on the 24th when we open at 3 pm.  We will have our regular a la carte menu available.  Kids can partake of the feast for half price or choose from our fabulous Kids’ Menu.  On Christmas Eve, the ala carte menu will be shortened to a Dino’s greatest hits length!

 

Menu Feast of the Seven Fishes

Marinati

Grilled Octopus & Corona Bean
braised in its own juice, then grilled & marinated

Mussel in Putanesca
served chilled, on the half shell

Ceviche
two kinds of fish, scallops & shrimp, local celery, bell pepper, red onion, lime juice & olio

Fritti

Bacala Balls
sriracha anchovy aioli

Mozzarella in Carrozza
w/ anchovy ~ spicy tomato sauce

Pasta

Fra Diavolo
an assortment of shellfish, fish in a spicy tomato sauce on linguine

Secondo ~ Grilled Fish

your choice of…

Whole Fish
grilled, head & tail on, lemon, caper, hot chile, olio

Fish Fillet
something good, but we won’t know ’til we see what the fishmonger has
served w/lemon, caper, herb olio & roasted garlic & ginger aioli

Dolce

choose from our dessert menu