Feast of the Seven Fishes

Feast of Seven Fishes at Strada Italiano Asheville


The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italian: Festa dei sette pesci), also known as The Vigil (Italian: La Vigilia), is an Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood. Fish on Friday or before an holy day has long been a tradition in the Catholic church. The eating of fish preserves the fast, no meat is served. 

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian American custom. The tight night communities in New York, Boston and other urban areas wanted to preserve Italian culture and to create their own celebration. The meal often begins with a slice of lemon and is followed by shellfish with pasta and Baccalà (salt cod) and then an array of fish. 

The vigil of Christmas Eve is one of waiting for a miracle. It is a time to share hope and love with family and friends. At Strada we want to share our family tradition with and invite you join us. 



First Course: 
Fritto Misto Tricolore Salad with Fried Smelts, Calamari Fritti and Lobster Arancini served with Baby Winter Greens, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion, Shaved Pecorino and Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette.

Second Course:
Fresh Squid Ink Linguini Cioppino with Shrimp, Scallops, Scungili, Mussels and Clams served with Arugula and Garlic Pesto Ciabatta.