This December, Avo is offering their take on a traditional Christmas Eve meal. From Monday, December 9 until Saturday, December 28, diners can enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American meal typically eaten on December 24.
"I chose to offer the menu through the month to give people a chance to come and experience the menu and tradition. People already have their traditions in place and holiday parties planned, so it gives people options to come in to try it."
While the feast can be any number of courses, it should contain seven different fish. Chef Nick Lama, a third-generation Sicilian, successfully uses seven types (many sourced locally) in four courses. The chef has celebrated Seven Fishes with his family over the years and says that most of his traditions are based around food. "Christmas is always stuffed shells; my grandmother stuffs some with a meat filling, some with just a blend of Italian cheese and some with spinach and cheese," he told Adore. "On Christmas night, my mom makes seafood gumbo and potato salad. That's always great."
When creating a menu, Lama says he considers a few things: what he's currently inspired by, a dish that reminds him of a particular holiday, and a dish from his past that he has enjoyed. This menu starts with a fried oyster with celery root, apple slaw, and an oyster aioli, a seared scallop with cauliflower and a shellfish foam, and "Caesar Crostini" which combines anchovy, Parmesan, and romaine. Next comes the Shrimp Spiedini with Mirliton and breadcrumb; it's also the dish Lama is most excited for guests to try. "It's inspired by everyone's favorite dressing this time of year."
The third course will excite pasta lovers: Spaghetti ai Gamberi with crawfish, arrabbiata, and troute roe. The pasta is fresh and one of Lama's favorite things to make. Lastly, diners will enjoy Branzino Three Ways.
The menu is $67 and an additional wine pairing add-on is $30. Another reason to try the menu? The Magazine Street restaurant recently underwent a renovation and features a beautiful new dining room.