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Celebrate the Season with Local Feasts of the Seven Fishes


The Feast of Seven Fishes is an important tradition for Italians this time of year, but it’s also one delicious custom for all. The feast brings an abundance of sensational seafood, sometimes surpassing the seven categories as the name entails, to one long table filled with friends and family. The tradition can and should be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re toting an abnormally long table or not! Just leave it to the area’s most authentic restaurants to handle your Italiano needs this year.

Bite of Italy

Photo by Nina CazilleBite of Italy’s Seven Fish Dinner is available from Dec. 17-Dec. 24, which provides plenty of chances to attend the ultimate holiday dining experience. Their authentic menu ranges from fried smelts to fresh baccala, both staples for an Italian meal of this caliber, while offering mouthwatering variety throughout the meal.  The six-course meal is available for just $40 per person, and welcomes diners to bring their beverage of choice, although wine is highly recommended. Call (610) 925–2762 to make a reservation.



Avalon Restaurant/Avalon Pasta Bistro

Unfolding for the sixth consecutive Christmas Eve, Avalon’s Feast of the Seven Fishes is crafted with exceptional ingredients as award-winning chef John Brandt-Lee revisits his Italian heritage to deliver the extraordinary experience. Guests are invited to enjoy the authentic eats, from calamari salad to tilapia piccata, within the venue’s charming space. The bountiful meal must be ordered by the entire table and costs just $45 per person. Avalon and Avalon Pasta Bistro operate as BYOs, and children under 12 are only $15. Call (610) 873–4100 for Avalon in West Chester or (610) 436–4200 in Downingtown to make a reservation.

In Riva

This most memorable Italian tradition is celebrated through chef Arthur Cavaliere’s culinary interpretation. Slated for Sunday, Dec. 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Southern Italian-inspired restaurant plans to serve a phenomenal seven-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Cavaliere’s personal experiences will shine deliciously in each dish, while marrying perfectly with their chosen sips. Plus, at just $75 per person, seats are sure to fly fast, so snag yours soon! Call (215) 438–4848 to make a reservation.

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