With the holidays just around the corner, it is almost time for the Italian-American tradition of the The Feast of Seven Fishes! Although this celebration is traditionally held on Christmas Eve, Pittsburgh restaurants are hosting their own versions throughout the month of December.
As there are no official rules as to what to serve at a Feast of Seven Fishes, each menu offers its own unique twist on the tradition. If you are hoping to get a seat at one of these dinners, don’t wait to make a reservation – these meals fill up fast!
Vivo Kitchen will host the Feast of The Seven Fish on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The official menu is yet to be announced, but Vivo hosts this meal annually, and it is always a huge success. Vivo’s feast is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are made by phone only, and require a credit card to hold. Call 412-259-8945 for more information.
Vivo Kitchen (432 Beaver Street)
Lidia’s, located on Smallman Street in the Strip District, is sticking to tradition and hosting their feast on Christmas Eve. Their Feast of the Seven Fishes menu will available for two seatings. In the past the meal has included dishes like grilled calamari salad, swordfish-stuffed peppers, salt cod fritters with spicy tomato sauce, saffron and lobster risotto, and linguine with white anchovies and Sicilian olives. More information and reservations today can be made by calling (412) 552-0150.
Lidia’s Pittsburgh (1400 Smallman Street)
Arpino is excited to share one of their family family traditions with the city of Pittsburgh. Their meal will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. The menu includes clams casino, fried oysters, swordfish Calabrian style, Giglio pescatore, cod & mussels, and limoncello flute. The meal is $70 plus tax, corkage and gratuity. Please call (412) 207-2765 to make your reservation. Reservations are required. More information can be found online.
Arpino Trattoria (1910 Cochran Road)
Quickhatch Coffee & Food
Quickhatch Coffee & Food – a new coffee shop and gourmet eatery in Etna – is hosting two nights of the Feast of Seven Fish. The meal will be family-style and includes: east coast oysters, whipped bacalao, tuna crudo, langoustine salad, bucatini with clams, shrimp, mussels, and cod in a tomato broth, and meyer lemon sorbet for dessert. Guests are welcome to make reservations for both December 9 and 10. Call the shop at (412) 252-2682 or message the business on Facebook for more information.
Quickhatch Coffee & Food (372 Butler Street)
We have good news, and we have bad news. Good news first: Stagioni is hosting three Feast of Seven Fishes dinners this year, on December 3, December 10 and December 17. Now for the bad news: All three dates are already sold out. But in slightly better news, they’re currently taking names to add to their wait list, so if you want to try your luck at the dinner (which costs $60 per person), you have a chance.
Stagioni (2104 E. Carson Street)
La Tavola Italiana Restaurant
La Tavola is once again hosting the Feast of the Seven Fishes. This year, their menu includes family style Sfingione, Crudo di Tonno, Bastoncini di Pesce, Calamari Ripieni Calamari, Salmon Croquette, Baccala Salad, and Clams Oreganata. Each guest will also be served The event will be held on held on Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30pm. The meal is BYOB, and $75 plus tax and gratuity. Call 412-481-6627 for Reservations. More information can be found online. Fettuccini alla crema di lobster e brandy, Baccala Puttanesca, and Gelato con Amaretti.
La Tavola Italiana Restaurant (1 Boggs Avenue)
Senti is hosting their Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The menu includes Trio di Pesce with octopus, scallops and baccalà; Creamed Saffron and Potato Soup with Baccalà and Squid Ink Foam; and Branzino ai Frutti di Mare. The meal is $85.00 per person. To make a reservation, call 412-586-4347. More information can be found online.