La Vigilia di Natale

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, all that jazz, I am late with all of it. We spent the holidays with my in-laws in Liguria and cut off from the modern world. A blessing, though we were attached to our phones, we weren’t staring at screens for a week and I think our eyes and brains are thanking us for it.

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I, like most of the world after the holidays, need a diet and you will see why after looking through these pictures of our Christmas Eve feast.

I have read a lot about the feast of the seven fishes that Italian Americans prepare for Christmas Eve, and when I mentioned it to my mother-in-law, she looked perplexed, not realizing that she too had prepared seven different fish for that evening’s feast. An interesting coincidence.


Our feast started out with baccala fritters; four different types of smoked fish, salmon, swordfish, herring and tuna; anchovies and pizza di scarola. I could have been happy with the platter of baccala fritters placed in front of me, but tasted everything. We then went to the primo, spaghetti e vongole, which is a Christmas Eve tradition in Naples. Our last dish was beautifully fresh Orata served with scarola legata, one of my favorite Neapolitan dishes. A head of escarole, stuffed with olives, capers, pine nuts and anchovies and tied up with string. Heaven, I need to learn how to make this from my mother-in-law, keep the tradition going.

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Our dessert was an adorable chocolate Panettone with a candy cresh carved in and Santa on top. No one had the nerve to eat Santa.


One Year Ago: Risotto with Salmon, Chanterelles and Chives

Two Years Ago: Spaghetti With Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes and Olives, Stuffed Acorn Squash, Risotto with Pumpkin and Olives & Lentil Stew With Pumpkin

Three Years Ago: What to do with Leftover Meatballs!Maple Pear Upside-Down Cake & Nasi Goreng

Four Years Ago: Ristorante in Lavagna, Spaghetti with Calamari and Artichokes & Cornetto Salato with Prosciutto di San Daniele

~ by italicious on January 2, 2013.

One Response to “La Vigilia di Natale”

  1. Looks fabulous, all of it! Happy New Year to you and yours from me in the Holy City!

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