We were fortunate enough to be invited to our cousins’ house for their Feast of Seven Fishes dinner for Christmas Eve, a traditional meal popular in Italy but translated into modern cuisine by our host and chef, Diego Avanzato. The pictures speak for themselves but a link below each one leads to a step-by-step pictorial narration for each course. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed eating everything. Mangia and Happy Holidays!
Anchovies, jalapeno, sweet pepper, Italian honey and creme fraiche.
“Italian sushi” – spicy tuna, basil and sesame inside a rigatoni and topped with panko and tamari.
Calamari salad, citrus, capers and celery inside an eggshell.
Deep-fried smelt, rosemary stem and lemon.
“Beef or Scallop?” Scallop sous vide in beet juice, potato and olive oil.
Bronzino, shrimp, rosemary and mushroom drizzled with truffle oil.
Clam risotto in a clam shell on a bed of parsley.
Dungeness crab sauce with spaghetti, backdrop of a crab shell.
Diego’s Creations That Evening
Anchovies, Jalapeno, Sweet Pepper, Italian Honey and Creme Fraiche
“Italian Sushi” – Spicy Tuna and Basil Inside a Rigatoni and Topped with Panko and Tamari
Calamari Salad, Citrus, Capers and Celery Inside An Eggshell